College Enrollment Readiness and Completion Rates Social/Economic Dimensions

Workforce Preparedness Indicators: Readiness and Completion Rates

Substantial numbers of students enter community college underprepared, a serious and often vexing challenge for these institutions. In the region, almost half of entering freshmen need one or more developmental education courses. Furthermore, these students graduate at consistently lower rates than their college-ready peers. In addition, systemic gaps exist between traditionally underserved populations — including the African American and the Latino communities — and their White and Asian American counterparts. More below…

Differential completion rates of students by race and ethnicity, aligned with disproportionate economic disadvantage, also contribute to the critical shortage of students successfully leaving postsecondary education ready to enter the workforce.

Students matriculating into four-year institutions have higher six-year graduation rates. However, an examination of the data across time suggests that efforts to alleviate the disproportionate achievement rates across racial and ethnic categories in the region have gained little traction. There are serious challenges in this area, further evidenced by the fact that Texas ranks 34th among states in college completion rates.

Much has been written and many interventions are in place to address the readiness issue at the K-12 and Community College levels. Provisions under Texas House Bill 5 are expected to have a positive impact on readiness.

My Degree Counts focuses on access and persistence, particularly through financial aid and advising. Indicators tracked in the My Degree Counts Dashboard have relevance to Readiness and Completion. Learn more about My Degree Counts.