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Student Achievement Measures

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to student success, providing academic programs that promote the importance of developing knowledge and skills that enable students to become leaders in their chosen fields, as well as in the community and region. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, we are proud to provide access to quality higher education to populations that have traditionally been under-served. Faculty and staff engage students in activities that enhance the educational experience and promote life-long learning and global citizenship.

In keeping with our mission to provide a quality education for our region, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has identified several key student achievement measures through which we assess the success of our programs.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students participate.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to becoming a leading center of higher education in the Gulf of Mexico region and serving the intellectual, cultural, social, environmental, and economic needs of South Texas. The University seeks out and enrolls students from across the region and provides a supportive environment in which they may learn and grow as individuals and citizens. A high percentage of more than 10,000 students enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are first-generation college students, are from under-represented populations, and/or are Pell eligible. As such they are considered to be at risk for stopping out of college. In 2013, for example, 42% of undergraduate students enrolled were Pell eligible and 53.2% were from under-represented populations. 

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students persist.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff work closely with students to ensure that they have the skills and support they need to continue their academic pursuits. Recognizing that some first-time, full-time students enrolled at our institution intend to transfer to other campuses within the first 2 years, we examine one-year persistence rates and consider students who remain at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as well as those who choose to continue their education elsewhere.

Persistence Goal 1: 77% of first-time, full-time degree-seeking students enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will continue to be enrolled at an institution of higher education after one academic year.

One-Year Persistence Rates*

First enrolled

1 year % returning

Fall 2011

81.0%[1]

Fall 2012

77.0%[2]

Fall 2013

77.5%[3]

Fall 2014

78.8%[4]

Fall 2015

80.0%[5]

*persisting at same or other institution

An important component of student persistence is course completion. Students who successfully complete coursework in which they enroll will enroll in subsequent semesters and make progress toward the completion of their degrees.

Persistence Goal 2: 92% of students enrolling in courses will complete the courses in which they enroll.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Course Completion

Fall 2012

93.6%[6]

Fall 2013

93.4%[7]

Fall 2014

93.7%[8]

Fall 2015

96.1%[9]

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students graduate.

At the core of Texas A&M University’s mission is closing educational gaps by educating historically underrepresented populations and contributing to the social, cultural, political, and economic well-being of the region. While the University is keenly aware of the constraints which many of our students face that can lengthen time to degree, we have nevertheless targeted time to degree as a key measure of student achievement.

Completion Goal 1: 20% of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will receive a baccalaureate from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi or another institution within 4 years. 50% of first-time, full-time degree-seeking students enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will receive a baccalaureate from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi or another institution within 6 years.

Completion: Graduation Rates of First-Time, Full-Time, Degree Seeking Students

 

Cohort

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

4 year

27.8%[10]

21.6%[11]

21.6%[12]

20.4%[13]

20.2%[14]

18.8%[15]

6 year

51.0%[11]

50.1%[12]

48.4%[13]

 46.0%[14]

 43.0%[15]

     

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi bases its definition of students who are “at-risk” for not completing their undergraduate degree on the criteria used by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “At-risk” students are those who have SAT/ACT scores below the national average, are enrolled part time, have earned a GED, are a Pell grant recipient, or first enroll in college at age 20 or higher.

Completion Goal 2: 55% of baccalaureate degrees awarded will be earned by students classified as “at-risk”.

Completion: Degrees Awarded to "At-Risk" Students

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total Undergraduate Degrees Conferred

1335

1315

1515

1404

1484

1461

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded to At Risk Students

1024

1034

1182

1135

1084

1070

% Awarded to At Risk Students

76.7%

78.6%

78.0%

74.9%

73.0%

73.2%

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students succeed.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi prepares its graduates to enter the workforce and pursue graduate education. The university measures its success, in part by the percentage of graduates who are either employed in Texas or attending graduate school in Texas within 1 year of graduation with a baccalaureate degree.

Success Goal 1: 80% of students graduating with a baccalaureate from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be employed in Texas or will be enrolled in graduate school in Texas within one year of graduation.

 

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Gainful Employment/Placement Rate

 

Total Graduates

Working Only 4th Qtr

Working and Enrolled 4th Qtr

All Working 4th Qtr

All Enrolled 4th Qtr

4th Qtr Employ Rate*

Working/ Enrolled Rate**

4th Qtr 2011

1792

1123

239

1362

319

76.0%

80.5%

4th Qtr 2012

1953

1279

203

1482

292

75.9%

80.4%

4th Qtr 2013

1852

1230

177

1407

253

76.0%

80.1%

4th Qtr 2014

1905

1264

174

1438

253

75.0%

79.6%

*% graduates employed in Texas

**% graduates either employed or attending graduate school in Texas

 

Another key measure is licensure or certification pass rates of our graduates. The need for well prepared and qualified teachers and nurses is high in South Texas and the Gulf Coast region. Students in our Nursing and Teacher Education programs must complete examinations in order to be qualified to practice in Texas.

Success Goal 2: 90% of students taking teaching certification examinations will successfully complete the exam within one year of graduation.

Success Goal 3: 85% of students taking the nursing licensure examination will successfully complete the exam within one year of graduation.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Licensure/Certification Pass Rates*

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Education*

89%

88%

97%

97%

97%

Nursing**

100%

95%

98%

98.4%

98.4%

*Data based on SBEC accountability report, measuring passing rate on state-licensing exams (TExES) taken for teacher certification of undergraduate and post baccalaureate students who completed their program in a given academic year.

** Data reflects pass rates on licensing exam within one year of graduation