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Student Achievement

Emmanuel Fordjour

As a growing research powerhouse committed to life-enhancing discovery and innovative instruction, The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) has selected the following measures of student achievement:

  • six-year graduation rates for first-time in college students (FTIC),
  • total student enrollment,
  • baccalaureate degrees awarded,
  • doctoral degrees awarded,
  • licensure and certification examination pass rates,
  • baccalaureate graduates employed and/or enrolled in a graduate program or professional school in Texas, and 
  • doctoral post-graduation employment.

Targets and rationale for each measure are detailed below. 

6-YEAR GRADUATION RATES FOR FTIC STUDENTS

UTA’s Strategic Plan 2020 has established a target six-year graduation rate of greater than 60 percent by year 2020. The selected target is in line with the institution’s Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) peer group.

Six-year FTIC, Full-Time Student Graduation Rates, Same Institution*

Cohort

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

6-year rate

40.4%

41.5%

45.7%

46.4%

48.8%

* Does not include out-of-state students; includes UT System Coordinated Admission Program students.
Source: THECB Accountability System (data retrieved January 24, 2018).

STUDENT ENROLLMENT

UTA’s Strategic Plan 2020 calls for FTE student enrollment to be greater than 43,000 students by year 2020, excluding out-of-state distance education students. This target is deemed an appropriate measure as it drives continual improvements and our commitment to provide students “access to unparalleled knowledge and education.” When compared to other institutions in the state of Texas, UTA has kept pace with the THECB’s emerging research group for Texas public universities.

Total Student Enrollment

As of Fall semester

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Headcount

33,329

34,868

37,008

39,706

41,712

Source: THECB Accountability System (data retrieved January 24, 2018). 

DEGREES AWARDED

The THECB’s Strategic Plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, established institutional targets for overall bachelor’s degrees awarded by Texas public institutions of higher education. UTA's Closing the Gaps targets for 2015 and 2020 are 6,000 and 6,500 baccalaureate degrees awarded, respectively. As of 2016, UTA successfully met and surpassed the 2015 target by 120 percent.

The THECB's Closing the Gaps target for doctoral degrees awarded by 2015 at UTA was 160. UTA has also met and surpassed this target by 135 percent as of 2015 with 216 doctoral degrees awarded. UTA’s Strategic Plan 2020 established a new doctoral degree production target of more than 250 doctoral degrees awarded in year 2020. The selected target and UTA’s progress toward it is in line with the THECB emerging research institution peer group for Texas public universities. 

Degrees Awarded

Fiscal Year (FY)

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Baccalaureate 6,343 6,738 7,197 7,444 8,157

Doctoral

150

225

216

205

221

Source: THECB Accountability System (data retrieved January 24, 2018).

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION EXAM PASS RATES

Licensure and certification exam pass rates are evaluated through statewide comparisons.

Education

Performance standards for accredited educator preparation programs (EPP) are outlined in Texas Administrative Code Rule 229.4 subsection (a)(1). Texas Administrative Code Rule 229.4 expects pass rates of EPP candidates to be at or above 80 percent for the academic year. Pass rates for UTA are also compared to and expected to be at or above statewide levels. Data shows that UTA students have consistently exceeded these targets.

Education Certification Examination Pass Rates

Year

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

UTA

97%

97%

95%

95%

95%

93%

93%

Texas

92%

92%

92%

94%

94%

95%

95%

Source: Educator Certification Online System, 2018; Texas Education Agency, 2018. 

Engineering

UTA pass rates on the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination (PE Exam) are expected to be at or above statewide levels. Over the past six years, UTA has consistently met or exceeded statewide pass rates.

Engineering PE Exam Pass Rates

Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

UTA

71.2%

68.1%

69.7%

66.0%

69.3%

77.1%

Texas

57.5%

58.0%

62.9%

56.8%

48.7%

55.5%

Source: Texas Board of Professional Engineers, 2015.

Nursing

NCLEX examination pass rates at UTA are expected to be at or above statewide levels. Licensure examination rates for nursing programs are set and monitored by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBN) and a program-specific accrediting agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Title 22, Part 11, Chapter 215, Rule §215.4 Professional Nursing Education Approval. CCNE requires a pass rate of at least 80 percent for program accreditation.

The THECB’s Nursing Education Performance Initiative establishes a NCLEX exam pass rate threshold of 85 percent or higher for recognizing high performing nursing schools. UTA’s NCLEX pass rates for the past seven years have remained above this threshold and statewide averages. 

Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates

Year

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

UTA

93.2%

95.1%

91.4%

87.0%

87.9%

88.6%

90.9%

Texas

87.0%

90.7%

83.9%

81.0%

85.2%

87.1%

89.7%

Source: Texas Board of Nursing (data retrieved January 24, 2018). 

BACCALAUREATE GRADUATES EMPLOYED AND/OR ENROLLED IN A GRADUATE PROGRAM OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL IN TEXAS

Post-baccalaureate employment and/or graduate program enrollment are evaluated through statewide comparisons. The expected level of achievement is that the institution will be at or near statewide levels. UTA has successfully maintained post-baccalaureate enrollment and/or employment rates at or near state levels. 

Post-baccalaureate employment and/or graduate program enrollment in Texas

Fiscal Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

UTA

80.3%

81.0%

79.4%

77.4%

74.8%

Texas

77.2%

77.0%

77.5%

77.8%

77.6%

Source: THECB Accountability System (data retrieved January 19, 2016).

Graduating student debt

These data evaluate the average amount of debt accrued during the completion of an undergraduate degree within the 2016 calendar year.  The source of this information is the Common Data Set, for which institutions submit information on a voluntary basis (91% of institutions in the state of Texas participate).  Other comparable institutions are included.

Cohort

Average Student Debt

University of Texas at Arlington

$15,559

University of Texas System

$20,487

4-year Public Universities in Texas

$24,222

University of North Texas

$25,249

Texas A&M College Station

$24,072

Texas State University

$27,840

Sam Houston State University

$26,135

Texas Tech University

$29,214

University of Houston

$23,665

Source: Common Data Set, 2017 (data retrieved February 13, 2018).

DOCTORAL POST-GRADUATION EMPLOYMENT

Post-graduation doctoral student employment is evaluated through comparison with other high research institutions (HRI). The expected level of achievement is that UTA will be at or above the percentage of other HRIs.

The table below presents the most recent data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates showing the percent of UTA graduates who found employment in different sectors of the workplace (postdoctoral fellowships, associateships, and traineeships are excluded). It also shows employment trends for doctoral students graduating from HRIs and for all doctoral graduates regardless of type of institution. 

The types of placements and the percentages of UTA graduates who obtained those placements compare favorably with the placement data on graduates from other HRIs and all other doctoral institutions. UTA doctoral students have good success finding employment immediately upon graduation and are as or more competitive for jobs in most sectors of the job market compared to other doctoral graduates.

Employment sector of doctorate recipients with definite post-graduation employment commitments for The University of Texas at Arlington and comparison institutions: Academic Year 2015*

UTAHigh Research InstitutionsAll Institutions

 

NumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercent
All Employment commitments 64 100% 3,243 100% 16,752 100%
   Academe 34 53.1% 1,715 52.9% 8,343 49.8%
   Government 1 1.6% 280 8.6% 1,276 7.6%
   Industry or business a
18 28.1% 778 24.0% 5,196 31.0%

   Nonprofit organization

7 10.9% 193 6.0% 1,008 6.0%

   Other or unknown b

4 6.3% 277 8.5% 929 5.5%

* Data presented cover doctorate recipients who received their degrees between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
a  Includes doctorate recipients who indicated self-employment.
b "Other" is mainly composed of elementary and secondary schools. 
NOTE: Due to rounding, percentages may not sum to 100. 
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates (data retrieved on February 15, 2018).