Student Achievement

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Student Achievement Measures

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) mission is, “To transform the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world through an innovative and accessible educational environment that promotes student success, research, creative works, health and well-being, community engagement, sustainable development, and commercialization of university discoveries.”

Student success is at the core of UTRGV’s mission and informs our core priorities and strategic initiatives. As one of the largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the United States, UTRGV is in a unique position to create models of higher education that best serve Hispanic Students. The University strives to prepare and empower students to thrive in a rigorous academic environment, to contribute to the global economy and to become community, education, health, and industry leaders. UTRGV’s distributed nature and location on the border with Mexico increase access to opportunities in a region that has historically had limited access to higher education. Its student population is largely Hispanic and first-generation. Many students also come from bilingual or Spanish-speaking households, and lower-income families. Approximately 66 % of students are Pell-eligible.

Student Persistence

The transition from high school to college is difficult for many students. Recognizing this, UTRGV has programs in place to assist students throughout their first-year, increasing opportunities for success and retention in the second year of college. The University closely monitors persistence rates, understanding that students who enroll in and complete courses are more likely to complete degrees in a timely manner.

Student Persistence Goal 1: 80% of first-time, full-time, degree seeking students enrolled at UTRGV will continue to be enrolled at UTRGV after one academic year. The minimal targets are based on Peer group averages.

Table 1: One-year Persistence Rate (Fall to Fall)
Fall Cohort Actual Minimal Target Goal
2015 to 2016 80% 76% 80%
2016 to 2017 79% 76% 80%
2017 to 2018 76% Not yet available 80%
2018 to 2019 Not yet available Not yet available  80%

 

 

 

  

Note:  The persistence rate for the Fall 2018 cohort was not available when this report was finalized. 
Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey. 
 

Course completion is an important component of student persistence. Students who successfully complete the coursework in which they enroll, tend to enroll in subsequent semesters and make progress toward timely completion of their degrees.

Student Persistence Goal 2: 94% of lower level undergraduate students enrolling in courses will complete the courses in which they enroll. 95% of upper level undergraduate students enrolling in courses will complete the courses in which they enroll. 96% of graduate students enrolling in courses will complete the courses in which they enroll.  

Table 2: Course Completion by Level
Fall
Lower Level
Upper Level
Graduate
Actual
Goal
Actual
Goal
Actual
Goal
2015
91.9%
94%
94.4%
95%
95.1%
96%
2016
92.8%
94%
95.3%
95%
95.4%
96%
2017
92.8%
94%
95.3%
95%
95.8%
96%
2018
93.4%
94%
95.4%
95%
95.9%
96%
Source: Office of Strategic Analysis & Institutional Reporting (SAIR), UTRGV, Edinburg, TX.

Degree Completion

UTRGV is committed to student success, including timely graduation. As a Hispanic Serving Institution in a historically under-served area of the state and nation, UTRGV recognizes the constraints that many students face that can lengthen time to degree. However, we have identified time to degree as an important measure of student achievement. UTRGV employs the traditional IPEDS degree completion measure in its review of time to degree. 

Student Completion Goal 1: 26% of first-time, full-time, degree seeking students enrolled at UTRGV will receive a baccalaureate from UTRGV within 4 years. 50% of first-time, full-time, degree seeking students enrolled at UTRGV will receive a baccalaureate degree from UTRGV within 6 years. The minimal targets are based on Peer group averages.  The 4- and 6-year graduation rates shown below are for the Cohorts of 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively.

4-year graduation rate

Reporting FY Actual Minimal Target Goal
2016 19% 19% 26%
2017 22% 21% 26%
2018 21% Data not available for Peers 26%

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey.

6-year graduation rate

Reporting FY Actual Minimal Target Goal
2016 41% 45% 50%
2017 45% 46% 50%
2018 46% Data not available for Peers 50%

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey.

Student success measures for students who are economically disadvantaged is an important indicator for UTRGV.  Per the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), economically disadvantaged students are those receiving Pell at any time.  Students who are economically disadvantaged comprise a significant proportion of UTRGV’s student population.

Student Completion Goal 2:  Pell Grant Recipients will graduate at the same rate as non-Pell recipients.  For all students, 50% will graduate within 6 years. 

Pell Grant Recipient Rate

FY UTRGV Non-Pell Grant Recipients (Minimal Target)  UTRGV Pell Grant Recipients Peer Average Goal
2016 45% 40% 41% 50%
2017 46% 45% 41% 50%
2018 53% 44% Data not available for Peers 50%

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey.

Post-Graduation Achievement

UTRGV prepares students to enter the workforce and/or pursue graduate education. The University measures success in part by the percentage of students who are employed in Texas and/or attending graduate school in Texas within one year of graduation with a baccalaureate degree.

Student Achievement Goal 1: 75% of students graduating from UTRGV with a baccalaureate degree will be employed in Texas and/or will be enrolled in graduate school in Texas within one year of graduation.

Employed or Enrolled in Graduate School in Texas After Graduation Actual Statewide Average (Minimal Target) Goal
2015 74.0% 70.8% 75%
2016 76.0% 70.0% 75%
2017 74.7% 69.4% 75%

Source: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Online Accountability System.

Licensure and certification pass rates are another key indicator of student achievement. There is a shortage of highly qualified teachers and nurses in the South Texas Borderlands. Students in our educator preparation programs and nursing programs must pass examinations to be qualified to practice in Texas.

Student Achievement Goal 2: 90% of students admitted to our Educator Preparation Program and seeking certification will pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam.

Percent of individuals passing PPR certification examinations

FY Percent of individuals passing PPR certification examinations State requirement for pass rates  Goal
2017 93% 85% 90%
2018 88% 85% 90%

Source: UTRGV Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability, Edinburg, TX.

Student Achievement Goal 3: 90% of students taking the nursing licensure examination will successfully complete the exam within one year of graduation.

Nursing Licensure Rates

FY Nursing Licensure Rate Statewide Average (Minimal Target) Goal
2016 73.2% 87.14% 90%
2017 92.48% 89.77% 90%
2018 92.70% 91.62% 90%

Source: Report of 2018 NCLEX-RN Examination Pass Rates