First-Year Average Wage of Graduates Found Working

We measure our graduates’ wages to gauge the effectiveness of our programs. We want to be sure their wages keep pace with the labor market.

Fiscal Year of Graduating Cohort
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
Graduate Wage (Nominal wage, before inflation adjustments)
$36,476
$36,325
$38,042
$40,030
$43,970

Number of Degrees and Certificates Awarded in Technical Programs

We also strive to increase the number of technical degrees awarded to our students. TSTC was designed to be a market leader in this initiative. Therefore, our goal is to increase the number of degrees at a rate that outpaces other institutions.

Definitions
  • Degrees: Measured by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and includes Associates, Certificates (Level 1, Level 2 and Advanced Technology), and Skills Achievement awards.
  • Technical: Technical/TechPrep degrees are those whose CIP code is considered Technical for TSTC through the THECB-approved list.
Fiscal Year
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
TSTC Number of Awards
2,587
2,559
2,929
2,999
3,200
TSTC Growth Rate from FY
-1%
13%
16%
24%
Community College Number of Awards
49,383
52,492
54,834
55,062
58,055
Community College Growth Rate from FY 2015
6%
11%
12%
18%

Three-Year Graduation Rate

As published by the THECB, the percentage of first-time, full-time, entering degree-seeking students who:

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (SCH) their first fall semester at a Texas public institution and;
  • Graduated from the same institution or another Texas public or private (independent) institution within three academic years.

We want to exceed the performance of our peers and our past performance. We have set a goal to improve our 3-year graduation rate by 5%, with a baseline of 23.69%.

Cohort Year
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
TSTC Graduation Rate
27.46%
31.02%
34.69%
43.94%
41.10%
Peer Graduation Rate
16.36%
18.21%
21.34%
22.83%
24.20%

Licensure Examination Pass Rates

Monitoring the pass rates of applicable licensure exams is another way to measure student achievement. The minimum level of achievement is a passing score for each relevant examining agency. Our goal is that students will consistently score above statewide averages.

2015
2016
2017
2018
Business, Management, and Marketing
88%
Communications Technologies/Technicians
100%
Computer and Information Sciences
100%
63%
74%
Construction Trades
95%
Engineering Technologies
100%
99%
100%
91%
Health Professions and related programs
92%
89%
95%
91%
Mechanic and Repair Technologies
89%
87%
98%
100%
Personal and Culinary Services
82%
87%
Precision Production
100%
100%
Transportation and Materials Moving
100%
87%
100%

First Term Persistence Rate

Definitions
  • Persistence: Percentage of first-time traditional students who continue enrollment from the fall semester and complete the following spring semester.
  • First-time: Students in their first undergraduate term at TSTC in which they registered and did not drop 100% of their classes on or before the drop date deadline.
  • Traditional student: Non-dual credit student.
Cohort Term
Fall 2015
Fall 2016
Fall 2017
Fall 2018
Fall 2019
Persistence Rate
78%
75%
78%
78%
80%
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