Undergraduate students in this year's freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin are showing performance gains compared with freshman cohorts in past years, including a 98.5 percent retention rate from fall to spring semester, which is higher than any freshman cohort in the past five years.
Despite being promoted as a viable alternative to traditional public schools, privately owned charter schools in Texas have higher attrition rates for black students than comparable urban public schools, says a University of Texas at Austin study.
A program at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering has been recognized by ExxonMobil Corporation and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for its efforts to increase the school's diversity and to retain underrepresented minority students in four-year engineering degree programs.
Gilbert Hicks is an anomaly. He's been principal at the same school long enough for a three-year gym membership purchased in 2007 to expire. Twenty or 30 years ago, when a principal took the reins at a school, he was there long enough to see three or four kids in the same family pass through… » Continue Reading
Only about half of newly hired Texas public school principals are staying on the job at least three years and principals in high-poverty schools are leaving the soonest, according to a study out of The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education. Dr. Ed Fuller and Dr. Michelle Young, who are part of the… » Continue Reading
In a state-wide effort to support job-growth opportunities in technology areas, the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $221,841 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to recruit and graduate students in engineering.
Preliminary results of the pilot Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) suggest that if more community college students team up with classmates to tackle course requirements and avail themselves of financial aid and advising services, retention rates may improve.