Texas is increasingly engaged in a global economy dependent on skilled and knowledgeable workers. Although Texas is improving college completions among groups of students who traditionally have not earned certificates or degrees in large numbers, the state has not improved quickly or broadly enough to keep up with changes in demographics.
The aim of the 60x30TX higher education strategic plan is to help all students achieve their educational goals, which in turn, will help Texas remain globally competitive for years to come.
The 60x30TX plan contains four broad goals. Success in achieving the goals rests heavily on collaboration among higher education, K-12 education, and the workforce, as well as on the local creativity of Texas two- and four-year institutions.
Dual credit is a program that allows a high school student to enroll in a college course and receive simultaneous credit from both the college and the high school. Since 2000, dual credit enrollment has increased 650 percent (please refer to chart 2).
In fall 2015, there were more than 133,000 dual credit students, an increase of 21,000 over the previous fall. This increase occurred in both academic and career technical education courses and among ethnicities.
Statewide in 2015, by time they graduated, 3.6 percent of high school students who took dual credit earned an associate degree, and 1.8 percent earned a certificate.
High school enrollment data are taken from the Texas Education Agency’s Student Enrollment Reports, 2014-15.