Student Success

UT System Awarded 56,622 Degrees in AY 2016
UT System Degrees Awarded and Percent Increase from AY 2012 to AY 2016. See table below.
UT System Degrees Awarded and Percent Increase from AY 2012 to AY 2016
AY 2012 AY 2016 Percent Increase from AY 2011 to AY 2015
UT Academic Institutions 44,185 52,090 17.9%
UT Health Institutions 4,191 4,532 8.1%
Total UT System 48,376 56,622 17.0%
Total Public TX Institutions 132,070 152,990 15.8%

UT System institutions awarded more than 56,000 degrees in academic year 2016. Over 50,000 were granted by UT System academic institutions, while more than 4,500 were awarded by UT System health institutions. Additionally, UT System institutions awarded nearly 700 certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The number of degrees awarded has increased almost 18% since AY 2012, higher than the average of all public four-year institutions in Texas (15%).

According to a 2013 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, if the current production rate continues, “[T]he United States will fall short by 5 million workers with postsecondary education…by 2020.” By 2020, 21% of jobs in Texas are expected to require a bachelor’s degree, and 9% are expected to require a master’s degree or higher.(1) In order to ensure that Texas will have the educated workforce it needs to maintain a healthy and growing economy, the number of college degrees awarded must increase.

UT System has increased the number of degrees awarded by almost 18% since 2012. In 2016, UT System degrees accounted for more than one-third (37%) of all degrees conferred in Texas. UT System is doing its part to educate the state’s future workforce.

About the Data
This metric is based on total degrees awarded in AY 2012 and AY 2016.

Sources
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board student data.

Notes
(1) Carnavale, A. P., Smith, N., and Strohl, J. (2013) Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020. Washington, DC: The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Graduation Rates
Delta Cost: Cost per Degree and Cost per FTE Student
Peer Comparison and Analysis for Academic Institutions