Texas launches online tool to compare state’s higher education institutions

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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) today launched Compare College TX (CompareCollegeTX.com) an online, interactive tool designed to make the most relevant data about public higher education in Texas available to everyone. The online comparison tool, the first in Texas to have such a comprehensive set of information including earnings data, allows users to access and interact with information for every public university and community college across the state.

"Choosing a college is a big decision. Compare College TX will remove the guesswork by giving prospective students and their families important information including tuition and fees, graduation rates, and salaries for graduates by major. This transparency will help more students earn a certificate or degree and achieve their dreams," said Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the interactive tool allows users to compare Texas higher education institutions side by side on a wide variety of facts and performance measures including average tuition and fees, top degrees awarded, student demographics, four- and six-year graduation rates, the average time it takes graduates to earn a degree and student-to-faculty ratio, among other relevant data. In collaboration with College Measures, the tool provides wage data for graduates by degree level and major for every public institution in Texas.

"Compare College TX creates an invaluable resource for students and their families to research postsecondary education options and ultimately find the best fit for that individual student," said Fred W. Heldenfels IV, Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. "This tool is another step we are taking in our work with students, parents, educators and advisors to encourage a college and career-ready culture and prepare students for the next step in education."

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