Low Graduation Rates Indicate Texas Is Underachieving (Opinion)

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Latest data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reveal 62,500 more students enrolled in Texas colleges and universities this fall compared to last year.

That should be considered great news. A post high school education is essential for developing the skilled and trained workforce necessary to meet the demands of a global market place. Unfortunately, just getting in the door is not enough when it comes to higher education.

Students need to graduate with a degree or certificate and not just leave campus with a pile of debt they incurred to pay for their failed attempt at higher education.

More than 1.5 million college students are enrolled in Texas in public and private institutions. That places Texas in a great position to meet the state's higher education access goal by 2015, but those enrollment numbers alone don't paint a complete picture of the higher-ed landscape.

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