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Student Achievement Measures

The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution's mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success. As a public institution, the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) evaluates its success of student achievement on an ongoing basis, based on its strategic plan and mission. These four goals are aligned with Educational Attainment, one of the four themes of the strategic plan, and they are aligned with UHCL’s mission to place “its highest priority on serving a diverse body of students in every aspect of their university experience.”

Goal 1:  Graduation Rates

Source:  THECB LBB, Outcome 1, 6
Outcome #1 Criteria Target Results
Increase graduation rates. Track six-year and four-year graduation rates for first-time in college, full-time, degree seeking students. 60% of FTIC students will graduate in six years; 60% of FTIC students will graduate in four years. The first year for 6-year data was 2020 when the graduation rate was 52%, below the 60% threshold. The effects of Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19 prevented many in these small cohorts from completing their programs on time.

Six-Year Grad Rates

UDGD, First Time in College, Full-Time, Degree-Seeking

  Cohort Fall 2012 (2018) Cohort Fall 2013 (2019) Cohort Fall 2014 (2020)
White n/a n/a 55.21
Black or African American  n/a n/a 25.00
Hispanic n/a n/a 50.72
Asian American n/a n/a 57.14
Other n/a n/a 54.55
Female n/a n/a 56.62
Male n/a n/a 42.42
Total n/a n/a 51.98

 

Four-Year Grad Rate 

UDGD, First Time in College, Full-Time, Degree-Seeking

  Cohort Fall 2014 (2018) Cohort Fall 2015 (2019) Cohort Fall 2016 (2020)
White 35.42 35.64 30.38
Black or African American 8.33 25.00 31.25
Hispanic 24.64 23.08 32.65
Asian American 42.86 25.00 8.00
Other 36.36 30.77 22.22
Female 36.03 33.06 33.06
Male 19.70 25.23 23.30
Total 30.69 29.39 28.63

 

Source: THECB LBB, Outcome 33, 38
Outcome #2 Criteria Target Results
Increase graduation rates. Track six-year and four-year transfer graduation rates. 60% of transfer students will graduate in six years; 60% of transfer students will graduate in four years. The six-year graduation rate for transfer students was 73%, a decrease from the past two years. The four-year graduation rate was 67%, an increase over the past two years.

Six-Year Grad Rate 

UDGD, First Time Transfer, Full-Time, Degree-Seeking

 
  Cohort Fall 2012 (2018) Cohort Fall 2013 (2019) Cohort Fall 2014 (2020)
White 77.89 80.00 72.38
Black or African American 50.00 63.04   65.63
Hispanic 77.14 73.03  76.47 
Asian American 73.68 85.42  80.00 
Other 72.73 75.00  68.85
Female 76.99 79.26  77.48 
Male 71.43 72.22  65.32
Total 74.96 76.73 73.18

Four-Year Grad Rate 

UDGD, First Time Transfer, Full-Time, Degree-Seeking

 
  Cohort Fall 2014 (2018) Cohort Fall 2015 (2019) Cohort Fall 2016 (2020)
White 66.67 64.41 68.73
Black or African American 54.69 55.00 66.67
Hispanic 66.97 68.45 64.00
Asian American 77.50 80.43 78.57
Other 63.93 43.48 67.44
Female 70.86 67.09 70.91
Male 57.26 60.17 62.35
Total 66.05 64.48 67.37

 


Goal 2:  Retention Rates

Source:  THECB LBB, Outcome 43
Outcome #1 Criteria Target Results
Promote student retention. Track on-year retention rates for FTIC students and for transfer students. 75% of FTIC students will be retained after one year (the goal for retention is set at the mean for the last 6 years plus the standard deviation). In 2020, both groups exceeded the target retention measure. While transfer rates at UHCL are typically higher, the dip in 2018-2019 is unusual.

One-Year Retention Rate

Source:  IPEDS Retention Report
Outcome #2 Criteria Target Results
Promote student retention. Compare retention rate with national peers, per IPEDS. UHCL will be in the top five of the 11-member UHCL National Peer Group. UHCL's 80.5% retention rate placed it fifth in the group of 11 national peer institutions. Six universities reported lower rates (52% to 79%) and 4 universities reported higher rates (81% to 87%).
Source:  IPEDS Retention Report
IPEDS Unit ID
UHCL National Peer Group Institution Name
Full-time
Retention
Rate, 2019
161873 University of Baltimore, Baltimore MD 87
407009 Arizona State University-West, Glendale AZ 86
171137 University of Michigan- Dearborn, Dearborn MI 81
138354 University of West Florida, Pensacola FL 81
225414 University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston TX 80
148654 University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield IL 79
165820 Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA 74
126580 University of Colorado, Colorado Springs CO 70
151342 Indiana University-South Bend, South Bend IN 68
224147 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi TX 60
145336 Governors State University, University Park IL 52

Goal 3:  Course Completion Rates

Source:  THECB LBB, Outcome 16
Outcome #1 Criteria Target Results
Improve course completion rates. Track the percentage of semester credit hours completed over the number attempted. UHCL seeks to improve its course completion rates by surpassing the average plus the standard deviation, which would be 94.8% completion. The drop in the percentage of courses completed between the 2017-2018 school years may be the result of Hurricane Harvey, which impacted the Houston area severely in August of 2017, causing many students to drop courses. Since then the percentage of courses completed has increased but only slightly. The goals reflect the trend increase.


Goal 4:  Licensing Examinations

Source: TSBPA website
Outcome #1 Criteria Target Results
Ensure UHCL students will be prepared for professional practice. Track passing rates of the Universal CPA Exam over three years. UHCL will be in the top half of comparison of THECB Master's University Peer Group. Of 144 students who tested for the Uniform CPA Examination in 2020, 43% of UHCL students passed the sections they tested in. This places UHCL 6th when compared to 11 members of the THECB's Master's University Peer Group.
THECB Master's University Peer Group
#  of 
Candidates
Tested
# of
Sections
Tested
# of
Sections
Passed
% of
Sections
Passed
University of North Texas at Dallas 114 122 69 56.56%
University of Texas - Tyler 80 85 47 55.29%
Angelo State University 55 56 27 48.21%
University of Texas - Permian Basin 63 71 34 47.89%
Texas A & M University - Central Texas 9 11 5 45.45%
University of Houston - Clear Lake 144 151 65 43.05%
University of Houston - Victoria 38 41 16 39.02%
Midwestern State University 37 40 15 37.50%
University of Houston - Downtown 207 219 69 31.51%
University of Texas - Brownsville 18 18 5 27.78%
Texas A & M University - Texarkana         12 12 2 16.67%
Source: TSBPA website
Outcome #2 Criteria Target Results
Ensure UHCL students will be prepared for professional practice. Track passing rates of the Universal CPA Exam over three years. Maintain a ratio of at least 6.0 for Number of CPA Exam Candidates from July of Year X+1 through June of Year X+2/Number of Accounting MS Graduates from September of Year X. In 2020, UHCL reported that 144 students sat for the CPA exam, a three-year decrease of 55%.
UHCL Student Testing Statistics
# of
Candidates
Tested
# of
Sections
Tested
# of
Sections
Passed
% of
Sections
Passed
2020 144 151 65 43.05%
2019 197 225 91 40.44%
2018 221 272 110 40.44%
2017 261 330 121 36.67%

 

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