In 2010, more than half of Central Texas high school graduates (8,597 students) attended a Texas public higher education institution (4-year or 2-year program) the fall following their spring graduation.
More than twice as many high school graduates from Caldwell County attended Central Texas higher education institutions in 2010 than they did in 2005, a larger increase than any other county.
Austin Community College continues to receive the majority of incoming Central Texas students and has experienced steady growth in enrollment over the past seven years.
The University of Texas at Austin has seen a decrease in its share of local matriculation over the last few years.
Million Dollar Question
Research has shown the value in increased earnings of a high school diploma to be $1,000,000. The value of a college degree is another $1,000,000 in increased earnings.
A majority of CTSIP Community Survey respondents undervalued these educational attainments and a significant percent did not know or even guess the value, suggesting there are opportunities for greater community education about the value of education.
Survey Question: How much additional income over a lifetime do you think a high school diploma/ college degree is worth?
Thoughts on Public Education
The majority of respondents perceive the cost of higher education as prohibitively expensive.
Respondents’ faith in Texas’ economic resilience seems tied to the education levels of its residents.
Survey Question: Agreement: The Texas economy will be strong no matter how many Texas kids go to college / College is too expensive nowadays, even with financial aid / Going to a college or university just isn’t for everyone.