Texas’s colleges are doing well with providing students access to and participation in higher education, but not so well with students graduating in certificates and degree programs. However, this is not the case at Texas State Technical College Marshall, which had the highest rate of completion for Developmental Education students in the state, according to the recently published The Texas Public Higher Education Almanac 2012.
The 2012 edition of The Texas Public Higher Education Almanac, which includes information devoted to graduation and transfer success, developmental education, and higher education finance, identifies that Developmental Education students at TSTC Marshall complete certificates and degrees at a rate of 37.3 percent while the state average is only 8.5 percent.
Across the state, Developmental Education students are those students who enter college below state “college readiness” standards in mathematics, reading, and/or writing. These students begin college by taking non-credit courses to prepare them for college-level work.
“In Developmental Education, our instructors work hard to raise academic skill levels so students can train in the highly technical programs of study that we teach,” April Graham, Associate Vice President of Learning Success said. “If our instructors don’t get them there, they’ll drop out, and industry needs every one of them.”
TSTC Marshall’s Developmental Education success has climbed steadily over the past five years, and the college attributes its achievement to the students’ career focus.