|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.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board student data.
(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.