The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board measures the success of students attending institutions of higher education with a variety of metrics. Three key metrics that measure the success of students are: First Year Persistence, Fourth Year Graduation Rates, and Sixth Year Graduation Rates.
These metrics are tracked and reported based on the assigned cohort. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board assigns a student to a single cohort group based on the following criteria:
- The institution marks the student as a First Time student in the Fall Semester, or he/she was marked as “First Time” for the preceding summer session. For example, a student takes classes in the summer and then enrolls in the fall semester.
- SCH value must be more than 12 or more for that Fall semester or attended the same institution the prior Summer session.
- Student is classified as an undergraduate
- Identified as a degree seeking student.
Note: A student should be identified as “first time” only once, and thus a student will be assigned to only one cohort group.
Available Attributes (used for filtering):
- Cohort Academic Year – The Academic Year that the student is identified as “First Time” as defined above.
- Gender (detailed definition)
- Ethnicity (detailed definition)
- TAMUS Institution
- Level (Undergrad / Graduate / Doctoral)
- Texas County ( if a resident of Texas )
- State (if not a resident of Texas but US resident )
- Country of Residence ( If international )
- Headcount – Total number of students assigned to the cohort.
- One Year Persistence Rate – Number of Students who returned to the same institution in 2nd year divided by the entire cohort headcount.
- Four Year Graduation Rate – The rate of students receiving degrees from the same institution within 4 years divided by the entire cohort headcount.
- Six Year Graduation Rate – The rate of students receiving degrees from the same institution within 6 years divided by the entire cohort headcount.