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Post Secondary Impact on Intergenerational Income Mobility

February 2019

Parents want their children to excel and surpass them financially. This is viewed as a benchmark for success, and it is a central component of the American Dream. Historically, financial success has been attributed to education; however, in recent years, more people are skeptical about the value of a college degree. A 2017 Pew Research Center report found that only 55% of the U.S. public believe higher education has a positive effect on the country. In order to explore the relationships between higher education, income, and mobility from one generation to the next, the University of Texas System (UTS) analyzed data for students who graduated or left a UTS academic institution between 2005 and 2012.

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UT System Dual Credit Study

August 2018

UT System’s Dual Credit Study 2018 reports the outcomes for approximately 135,000 students who entered a UT academic institution between 2010 and 2015, tracking them for six years. The study conveys positive aspects, as well as unintended consequences, of dual credit. It also offers recommendations to improve the process to impact a student’s overall college experience and success more positively.

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First-of-its-kind collaboration unveils nationwide earnings of graduates by program of study and institution

March 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Salary and debt data for graduates of University of Texas institutions – no matter where they live and work – are now available, thanks to a partnership between The University of Texas System and the United States Census Bureau.

 

 

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Major Matters Most: The Economic Value of Bachelor’s Degrees from The University of Texas System

Collaborative report with Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce / July 2017

 A college education is widely recognized as a gateway to economic opportunity and intergenerational mobility in the United States. Children from households with highly educated parents are three times more likely to get a Bachelor’s degree than children from households in which the parents did not attend college. Today, at least some postsecondary education is a baseline requirement for anyone who aspires to enter the middle class. Deeper research has demonstrated that it is not just the college degree that matters; labor market outcomes also are tightly tied to what one studies and what job one gets...