Student Success

Student Success

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)
  • Residence
    • Texas County ( if a resident of Texas )
    • State (if not a resident of Texas but US resident )
    • Country of Residence ( If international )

Metrics:

  • 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.