Over half of Central Texas students who enroll in a Texas college or university within one year of graduating from high school earn a post- secondary credential within six years. The majority of these students obtained Bachelor’s degrees, but also includes a smaller portion who earned Associates Degrees and Certificates. Data do not include the students who attend postsecondary programs out of state.
Black and Hispanic high school graduates complete postsecondary education programs at lower rates than Asian or White students. For the Class of 2015, 37% of Black and 44% of Hispanic high school graduates completed postsecondary education programs within six years. This is compared to 78% of Asian and 64% of White students. These rates have remained relatively consistent over time.
Central Texas high school graduates from low-income families have much lower 6-year postsecondary completion rates than graduates from moderate to high-income families. For the Class of 2015, 38% of low-income high school graduates completed a postsecondary program by 2021, compared to 65% of moderate to high-income graduates.
Almost one-third of the Class of 2019 who enrolled in a Texas postsecondary program within a year of graduating from high school enrolled in Austin Community College. About 11% attended University of Texas at Austin, 10% attended the Texas State University in San Marcos, and about 7% attended Texas A&M-College Station. Over one-half (59%) of students in the Class of 2019 who enrolled in a Texas college within a year of graduating high school enrolled in one of these four institutions.
In 2021, 62% of Travis County residents over the age of 25 had earned an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or a graduate or professional degree.
The Austin College Access Network (ACAN) is made up of 8 community-based organizations dedicated to improving first generation college success. ACAN brings institutions of higher education from across the region together to share best practices to improve support services, track student trends and identify policies that hinder student success.
The Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper Initiative brings together local partners to develop strategies for improving educational outcomes for boys and young men of color. The local partnership includes Travis County, the City of Austin, Austin ISD, Austin Community College, Huston-Tillotson University, and the University of Texas at Austin.
The Direct-To-College Achievement Plan is a multi-chamber, multi-school district, multi-business compact to commit to enroll 70% of the Class of 2016 directly in higher education.
The Central Texas Student Futures Project, a partnership between the Ray Marshall Center and local school districts, combines surveys of high school seniors with administrative records to assess post-high school outcomes for area graduates.