IHE Enrollment

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Overview of THECB Fall 2023 Enrollment Data

This blog post serves as a pause in our fall data series on the relationship between lifetime earnings and educational attainment. With the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) releasing fall 2023 enrollment data for public colleges and universities this week, it seems appropriate to provide an enrollment update, as we will return to the…

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The End Game: Exploring Graduation Rates of CC Transfers to Universities

With the academic calendar signaling the start of a new school year, this blog post will serve as the last installment of our summer series on community colleges in Texas. Our previous posts looked at enrollment trends at community colleges, including the importance of dual credit in Texas, as well as challenges facing transfer students seeking to…

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Upwardly Mobile: The Transition from 2-to-4 year Institutions

In our previous blog post, we reviewed statewide trends related to transfer cohorts from two-year to four-year institutions, as approximately one-third of academic majors starting at community colleges transfer to public universities in Texas within 6 years of first-time enrollment. This blog post will look at “enrollment funnel” data, tracking community college transfer students from…

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The Challenging Reality of Community College-to-University Transfers in Texas

One of the most important metrics for tracking the success of public community colleges in Texas is the number of students who start at two-year institutions and transfer to public universities. According to the Community College “Student Success Funding” formula that was directed by the Texas legislature, transfers carry the second-highest weight (3.0) in the…

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The Importance of Dual Credit for Texas Community Colleges

One of the most prolific trends in the past 20 years has been the exponential growth of dual credit students who are earning college-level credits while still attending high school. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) reported that more than 186,000 students were officially enrolled in dual credit courses across all institutions in Texas…

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Trends in Community College Enrollment

Recently, the National Student Clearinghouse’s (NSC) Research Center published its “Current Term Enrollment Estimates” for spring 2023. Across all higher education sectors, total enrollment nationally fell by 0.5% from spring 2022 to spring 2023. Public 4-year institutions saw a 0.8% decline in enrollments from spring 2022 to 2023, while public 2-year institutions saw a 0.5%…

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Population Trends in Texas by University and County

Population Trends in Texas by University and County The US Census Bureau released the newest edition of the American Community Survey (ACS) data last week, publishing updated 5-year estimates (2017-2021). The timeliness of this release allows us to explore the most up-to-date data regarding trends in the population in Texas. This blog post narrows the…

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Population Trends in Texas: An Analysis of Age

Population Trends in Texas: An Analysis of Age In our previous blog post, we paused our series on factors affecting enrollment in higher education to look at preliminary enrollment numbers for fall 2022. The data show a slight recovery for public colleges (community colleges) after the loss of almost 100,000 students from fall 2019 to…