Research Digest, Issue #1 Following Latina/o 8th Graders through College: A Digest of Longitudinal Enrollment and Graduation Patterns in Texas
Authors: Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D., Wonsun Ryu, & Jorge M. Burmicky.
This inaugural Project MALES Research Digest explores the Texas eighth grade cohort data to look critically at longitudinal enrollment and completion patterns with a special focus on Latino males. The data contained within this report stem from an effort by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to document educational outcomes for every student who started eighth grade in a Texas public school during the fiscal years 1998 through 2006. Students were tracked over an 11-year period to determine the percentage of Texas’ eighth grade students who eventually achieved any postsecondary certificate or degree from a Texas college or university, or who may still be enrolled in a Texas two-year or four-year institution (Murphy & Daniel, n.d.). In partnership with THECB, we examine these enrollment and completion trends by Educational Service Center (ESC) region as well as by county-level. The ESC and county-specific data is representative of the member institutions within the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color