The Texas Public Higher Education Almanac is a collaborative effort between the College for All Texans Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and is made possible by a grant from Houston Endowment. The 2016 Almanac, released on April 7, is the sixth annual edition and features first-year and long-term earnings of Texas graduates.
With less than two years to go before the end of the Closing the Gaps by 2015 plan, the state is on track to meet the plan’s four overarching goals of increasing student access (participation), student success, institutional excellence, and research funding. However, Texas still lags behind on certain targets such as African American and Hispanic male success and the awarding of STEM degrees and teaching certificates. This report reviews the strategies of the CTG2015 plan and highlights programs and initiatives that have been implemented under each strategy.
In 2013, the THECB in partnership with the College for All Texans Foundation, launched an online companion to the Almanac, www.CompareCollegeTX.com. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this interactive tool allows users to compare Texas public higher education institutions side by side on a wide variety of facts and performance measures reported in the Almanac. Produced in collaboration with College Measures, the tool also links to a site with wage data for graduates by degree level and major for every Texas public institution of higher education.
Complete College Texas: Is Texas Utilizing Game Changer Strategies to Boost College Completion? Not Fully, released April 2013 by Complete College America, was made possible by grant funds from Lumina Foundation, which is supporting efforts across the country to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
College-Going Rate Report
In Their Own Voices: Young Texans Talk About Barriers to College Completion
Through its ongoing work as part of the Lumina Foundation’s Productivity Initiative, Public Agenda partnered with THECB and the Pathways Project to elevate the voices of students in the conversations around retention, persistence, and the completion of postsecondary education.
Download the full report here.