Slightly over one-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 estimated 7% of students who attend college out of state.
Black and Hispanic high school graduates achieve this college success measure at lower rates than Asian or White students. For the Class of 2012, 34% of Black and 41% of Hispanic high school graduates completed college within six years. This is compared to 73% of Asian and 62% of White students. These rates have remained relatively consistent over time.
Central Texas high school graduates from low-income families complete college within 6-years at much lower rates than graduates from moderate to high-income families. For the Class of 2012, 34% of low-income high school graduates completed college by 2018, compared to 63% of moderate to high-income graduates.
One-third of the Class of 2016 who enrolled in college within a year of graduating from high school enrolled in Austin Community College. About 9% attended Texas State University in San Marcos, 9% attended the University of Texas at Austin, and about 7% attended Texas A&M-College Station. Over one-half (59%) of students in the Class of 2016 who enrolled in a Texas college within a year of graduating high school enrolled in one of these four institutions.
In 2019, 58% 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.