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Student Achievement Data

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),
  • baccalaureate and master's 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

The strategic plan update, Advancing the Strategic Plan, has set a target of a 65 percent six-year graduation rate for FTIC students by academic year 2023-2024.  This select target is in line with the institution’s Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) peer group.

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

Cohort

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

6-year rate

42%

42%

46%

48%

50%

49%

* Full-time defined as 12 Semester Credit Hours

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (data retrieved April 3, 2020).

DEGREES AWARDED

The THECB’s previous 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 were 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 Texas Higher Education Strategic Plan: 2015-2030, 60X30TX, has established the overarching goal that by 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 23-34 will have a certificate or degree.  To meet that 60X30TX goal, UTA has set the following targets for baccalaureate and master’s total combined degrees awarded as follows: for 2020, 12,500 degrees awarded; for 2025, 13,500 degrees awarded; and for 2030, 14,500 degrees awarded.

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 are in line with the THECB emerging research institution peer group for Texas public universities.  

Degrees Awarded

Fiscal Year (FY)

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Baccalaureate

6,738

7,197

7,444

8,157

8,619

8,866

Master’s

2,502

3,172

3,877

4,369

4,895

4,614

Doctoral

225

216

205

221

214

225

Source: THECB Accountability System (data retrieved May 12, 2020) 

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

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

UTA

97%

95%

95%

93%

93%

93%

96%

92%

Texas

92%

92%

94%

95%

95%

95%

91%

90%

Source: Educator Certification Online System (data retrieved April 3, 2020)

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

2016

2017

2018

UTA

71.20%

68.10%

69.70%

66.00%

69.30%

77.10%

64.80%

62.30%

56.80%

Texas

57.50%

58.00%

62.90%

56.80%

48.70%

55.50%

59.80%

61.20%

56.40%

Source: Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 2018.

Nursing

The National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) pass rates for UTA are expected to be at or above the nationwide pass rate. Licensure examination pass rates for nursing programs in Texas are reported 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. UTA’s NCLEX pass rates for the past seven years far exceeded the CCNE threshold and have consistently remained above nationwide averages.  

Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates

Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

UTA

91.4%

87.0%

87.9%

88.6%

90.9%

91.3%

92.7%

National

85.2%

84.9%

87.5%

87.8%

90.0%

91.6%

91.2%

NOTE: Source: Texas Board of Nursing (data retrieved 4/3/20) for UTA pass rates and National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) (data retrieved on 5/13/2020) for national pass rates

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

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

UTA

77.40%

74.80%

75.10%

73.50%

72.40%

72.80%

Texas

77.80%

77.60%

75.80%

74.90%

74.10%

74.80%

Source: THECB Accountability System (data retrieved April 3, 2020) 

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 2018*

 

UTA

High Research Institutions

All Institutions

 

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

All Employment commitments

65

 

15,664

 

21,070

 

Academe

25

38.46%

6,979

44.55%

9,471

44.95%

Government

6

9.23%

1,003

6.40%

1,516

7.20%

Industry or business a

28

43.08%

6,000

38.30%

7,380

35.03%

Nonprofit organization

4

6.15%

851

5.43%

1,313

6.23%

Other or unknown b

2

3.08%

831

5.31%

1,390

6.60%

* Data presented cover doctorate recipients who received their degrees between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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, Survey of Earned Doctorates (data retrieved on April 2020).