Emails, responses to PolitiFact Texas, Dominic Chavez, senior director, external relations, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, April 1, 2013

10:51 am

The THECB, because of superior data tracking, includes in the rate students who may have transferred and graduated elsewhere.

NOTE: I have asked staff for FY 2012 which I think is available, just can’t get my finger on….will send once confirmed.

The way the THECB calculates is different (and more accurate) than the way the feds report graduation rate data.  Graduation rates account for the percentage of a cohort of first-time entering students who enroll at a particular institution at a specific point in time, subsequently graduate within a specified timeframe (for your purposes, 4 years).  The feds ONLY calculate those who enroll and graduate at the SAME institution.  The THECB, because of superior data tracking, includes in the rate students who may have transferred and graduated elsewhere.  In other words, our calculation is both more accurate and gives greater credit to the institution where student began.

I mention this, because if someone cited the federal data it would not be wrong, it would just be a different way of reporting the data.

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) [mailto:wgselby@statesman.com]

Sent: Monday, April 01, 2013 2:31 PM

To: Chavez, Dominic

Subject: RE: Time frame

 

Is there a 2012 figure?

2:34 pm

52.5%

 

FY 2012 = Full-time students who first enrolled in Fall 2008 and graduated by end of FY 2012 (e.g. Aug).