RIO GRANDE VALLEY — A new comprehensive study reports that Texas higher education graduation rates are lagging well behind the national rate.
The study analyzed every Texas public school student who started the eighth grade in 1996,'97 and 1998 and found that eleven years later only 20% of those students had earned either a college degree or a post high school vocational degree. The national higher education graduation rate during that same period was right at 30%. The study was performed by a private foundation in Houston and led by former UT Austin president Larry Faulkner. The study concludes that this low graduation rate could have dire economic and social implications for the state's future.
There is good news to report that several Valley colleges and universities are among the national leaders in graduating Hispanics. A report by a group named Excellencia in Education" cited UT Brownsville, UTPA, South Texas College, Kaplan Career Institute and Kaplan College as Hispanic educational leaders.