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UT System Awarded 58,000 Degrees in AY 2017
UT System Degrees Awarded and Percent Increase from AY 2013 to AY 2017. See table below.
UT System Degrees Awarded and Percent Increase from AY 2013 to AY 2017
AY 2013 AY 2017 Percent Increase from AY 2013 to AY 2017
UT Academic Institutions 46,247 53,233 15.1%
UT Health Institutions 4,240 4,590 8.3%
Total UT System 50,487 57,823 14.5%
Total Public TX Institutions 137,812 158,428 15.0%

UT System institutions awarded more than 58,000 degrees in academic year 2017. 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 15% since AY 2013.

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 15% since 2013. In 2017, 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 2013 and AY 2017.

Sources
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board student data.

Notes
(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.