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Many Texas students transfer between institutions as part of their postsecondary experience. Significantly, 75% of Texas students completing bachelor's degrees were previously enrolled in a community college. However, transfers between community colleges and universities often result in wasted credits, excess course-taking, increased cost and time-to-degree, and lower college completion rates. At the same time, increasing college [...]
The Importance of Disaggregating Education Data brief explores the complexity of education data and emphasizes the importance of using it effectively. Disaggregated data often reveals nuanced information that broad figures gloss over and can be used as a tool to drive the statewide higher education outcomes envisioned in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30TX [...]
Texas’s rural students come from diverse backgrounds and face unique barriers to postsecondary success. For example, rural students often face challenges in broadband access, geographic location (e.g. transportation issues), and teacher retention. With more than 900,000 rural students in Texas, improving the postsecondary outcomes for this population is central to GTF’s strategy. For Texas to [...]
Trajectories of Mathematics Performance: From Preschool to Postsecondary Conducted by Dr. Gena Nelson, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Sarah R. Powell, University of Texas at Austin & GTF Fellow, this study synthesizes longitudinal research related to mathematics to help policymakers and educators understand the longitudinal effects of mathematics performance and the necessity for adequate mathematics [...]
Mathematics for College Readiness: A survey of math requirements at Texas postsecondary institutions Greater Texas Foundation recognizes mathematics as a significant barrier to Texas students’ postsecondary success. To better understand the math knowledge required for certain fields of study, in 2010, Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) released a survey to representatives of all 2-year and 4-year [...]
E3 conducted a statewide research study analyzing the relationship between the highest level of mathematics mastered by high school students and subsequent education outcomes. "E3 Alliance facilitates Pathways of Promise (PoP), a research and implementation initiative in Central Texas designed to identify and scale Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways for high school students leading [...]
This infographic contains facts about the overall transition of Texas Latino students through the education pipeline and the impact on the workforce. For example, statewide 19% of all 7th graders complete college within six years of high school graduation. For Latino students, that number is 11%. For more, you can view the infographic here.
Education Equals Economics (E3) Allicance, an Austin-based nonprofit, takes a look at House Bill 5 from the 2013 Texas legislature and "how it affects middle school, high school capacity and choice, and high school transition to college and career for students." Find out more, here.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Texas Education Agency (TEA), and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) publish annual data tracking a 7th grade cohort longitudinally through the Texas education pipeline. This data allows analysts to track student’s persistence and completion from middle school through postsecondary education and to further break down the statistics by [...]