Purpose

This report provides information about Texas public high school graduates who enrolled in a Texas public four-year or two-year college the academic year immediately following high school graduation. It highlights college enrollment trends of students who were designated as limited English proficient (LEP), or economically disadvantaged, or who participated in career and technical education (CATE).

Starting with school year 2009-10, college student enrollment numbers and percentages are provided by race/ethnicity based on the new October 2007 federal standard for collecting and reporting ethnicity and race data for students. Information concerning guidance published in the Federal Register may be found on the U.S. Department of Education?s site at http://www.ed.gov. The new ethnicity/race reporting allows a person to report his/her ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic) and one or more of five race values. Hispanic-Latino ethnicity is a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. In this report, race values are reported for non-Hispanic persons only.

The report shows multiple years of data at the district level. Data are shown for only those school years and districts where there were at least 26 high school graduates.

Data Source

Data in this report come from the Texas Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and the Texas P-16 Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR), which includes Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) data about enrollment and graduation in Texas four-year or two-year public colleges. Only students who graduated from a Texas public high school and enrolled in Texas public four-year or two-year colleges for the academic year immediately following high school graduation are included in this report.

Data used in this report represent only Texas public four-year or two-year colleges and do not include out-of-state or Texas private higher education institutions.

For more detailed information about THECB and its data, see http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/.

Data Elements

Note: In this report, all percentages are based on the number of Texas public high school graduates.

Economically Disadvantaged:

Indicates whether high school graduates were designated as economically disadvantaged at the time of high school graduation. Prior to school year 2009-10, economically disadvantaged status was not included in the high school graduation data so economically disadvantaged status prior to 2009-10 is not included in this report. This report categorizes students as economically disadvantaged if they were:

  1. Eligible for free meals under The National School Lunch And Child Nutrition Program,
  2. Eligible for reduced-price meals under The National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Program,
  3. Other economic disadvantage, including:
    1. from a family at or below the official federal poverty line,
    2. eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or other public assistance,
    3. received a Pell Grant or comparable state program of need-based financial assistance,
    4. eligible for programs assisted under Title II of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), or
    5. eligible for benefits under the Food Stamp Act of 1977.

LEP Status:

Indicates whether the high school graduate was designated as Limited English Proficient (LEP) at any time during his/her Texas public school enrollment. In this report, students who at any time during their Texas public school enrollment were designated as LEP are categorized as Ever-LEP and those students who were never designated as LEP are categorized as Never-LEP.

CATE (Career and Technical Education):

CATE indicates whether students were enrolled in a state-approved career and technical education course as an elective, as a participant in the district's career and technical coherent sequence of courses, or as a participant in the district's tech prep program. For detailed information about Career and Technical Education, see http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=4881.

Two- or Four-Year College Type:

College type indicates that the Texas public institution of higher education offers either a two-year degree (such as an Associate degree) or a four-year degree (such as a Baccalaureate degree.) A two-year degree normally requires at least two years of full-time equivalent college work. A four-year degree normally requires at least four years of full-time undergraduate college work. For the purposes of this report, if a student was enrolled simultaneously in both a two-year and four-year college during the fall semester, the student was counted as being enrolled in a four-year college.

High School Graduates:

Students graduating from a Texas public high school as reported by the Texas Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). Students graduating from the Texas School for the Deaf, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Texas Youth Commission schools are not included.

Enrolled in Texas Public College:

Texas public high school graduates who enrolled in a Texas public two-year or four-year college the academic year immediately following high school graduation.

Enrolled in Texas Public Two-Year College:

Texas public high school graduates who enrolled in a Texas public two-year college the academic year immediately following high school graduation.

Enrolled in Texas Public Four-Year College:

Texas public high school graduates who enrolled in a Texas public four-year college the academic year immediately following high school graduation.

Percent HS Graduates Enrolled in Texas Public College:

The number of high school graduates enrolled in a Texas public two-year or four-year college divided by the number of high school graduates.

Percent HS Graduates Enrolled in Texas Public 2-Year College:

The number of high school graduates enrolled in a Texas public 2-year college divided by the number of high school graduates.

Percent HS Graduates Enrolled in Texas Public 4-Year College:

The number of high school graduates enrolled in a Texas public 4-year college divided by the number of high school graduates.