Degrees and Certificates Awarded
Postsecondary education has economic value for individuals and for Texas. The more postsecondary degrees and certificates awarded in the state, the better off our students and workforce will be.
In Texas, our goal is that, by 2030, at least 550,000 students each year will complete a certificate or an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from a Texas institution of higher education. Explore how the state is progressing when it comes to degrees and certificates awarded and what more we need to do to reach our goal.
To ensure all Texas students are set up for success, we have to look beyond enrollment. We must look at potential barriers to graduation and provide support so students can attain credentials in a time- and cost-efficient manner.
Analyzing graduation rates, particularly along racial, gender, and other demographic lines, reveals where barriers to graduation are most common. Click through to learn more about trends in graduation rate data.
Helping More Students Reach GraduationMost students who enroll in two- and four-year institutions take longer than two and four years to attain credentials. Many don’t graduate at all. The best way students can reduce their costs and increase their return on investment in higher education is to complete their credentials in a timely manner.
Undergraduate debt must be manageable for students to get value from the credentials they earn. Our goal in Texas is for 95% of students to graduate with no undergraduate student debt or manageable levels of debt in relation to their potential earnings. This target is well within reach, but debt is uneven across demographics.
Click through to see how we’re doing when it comes to student debt in Texas.
People who attain postsecondary credentials of value increase their earning power and help expand the state economy. We’re aiming for higher attainment both among Texans who are new to the workforce and those who have already been working for years.
In Texas, our goal is for 60% of Texans from ages 25 to 64 to have attained a credential of value by 2030. Click through to explore trends and outcomes in attainment rates, including in credential categories like short-term and professional certificates.
Credentials of Value
We want more Texans to attain postsecondary credentials that set them up for successful careers with little or no debt. Texas is the first state in the country to tie attainment to value, and these credentials of value are the truest measure of our graduates’ potential to thrive as a result of their education.
In Texas, our goal is for 550,000 students to complete a postsecondary credential of value at an in-state public institution each year. While progress toward our goal is positive overall, viewing data by institution or individual demographics shows some areas where Texas can improve.
Click through to learn more about how we’re faring on delivering credentials of value to our students.