University of Houston-Victoria

Institutional Research Effectiveness

Graduation Rates

UHV tracks undergraduate success using the National Student Clearinghouse data showing all students who have started at UHV and gone on to graduate either from UHV or another institution within six years (150% of standard time to degree). UHV began accepting freshmen and sophomores in 2010, and the addition of lower-division academic programming and student support services changed the nature of the university. Therefore, we are tracking historical data only as far back as the 2010 cohort.

National Student Clearinghouse allows us to track both students who come to UHV as freshmen (FTIC) and students who transfer to UHV from another university. As UHV tends to admit 50% more new transfer students than FTIC students each year, it is important to the university to include the transfer students in the graduation rates.

Cohort yearAll studentsFTICTransferPell-eligible rateFirst-generation rateWomenMen
2010 63.9% 51.6% 67.5% 65.4% 61.3% 66.5% 59.2%
2011 59.8% 39.7% 65.1% 59.8% 58.4% 61.1% 57.0%
2012 56.5% 40.4% 63.6% 56.7% 56.5% 57.9% 53.9%
2013 53.8% 41.7% 58.9% 53.8% 51.4% 54.7% 52.0%

 

UHV disaggregates graduation rates by low-income students, first-generation students, and gender (above). First generation students have at least one parent reported as having some high school, a high school degree, or some college, but neither parent has an associate's degree or higher credential. If no information is reported for either parent, the student is excluded from this cohort count.

Graduation rates disaggregated by race and ethnicity is below. About 90% of UHV students are White, Hispanic, or Black. The count of Asian, International, and other students dips into the single digits, causing large fluctuations in graduation rates for those categories from year to year.

Cohort yearWhiteHispanicBlackAsianInternationalOther race
2010 66.8% 58.3% 61.0% 80.0% 55.6% 65.4%
2011 67.1% 54.4% 52.8% 69.2% 48.1% 50.0%
2012 66.9% 49.8% 52.3% 66.7% 22.7% 53.7%
2013 63.8% 50.2% 41.8% 69.2% 32.1% 54.5%

 

UHV tracks the graduation rates for students who complete a degree at UHV or who transfer to another institution and subsequently complete a degree. FTIC students’ graduation rates are higher at other institutions than at UHV, while students who transfer into UHV are more likely to graduate at UHV than to transfer out and graduate elsewhere.

Students who graduate from UHV
Cohort yearAll studentsFTICTransferPell-eligibleFirst gen.WomenMen
2010 43.7% 18.3% 51.1% 43.9% 41.9% 46.6% 38.5%
2011 39.0% 17.3% 44.7% 39.0% 39.9% 41.1% 34.7%
2012 36.1% 18.8% 43.7% 36.3% 36.3% 38.8% 31.3%
2013 35.6% 20.1% 42.1% 35.6% 36.5% 36.0% 34.8%

 

Students who transfer out and graduate elsewhere
Cohort yearAll studentsFTICTransferPell-eligibleFirst gen.WomenMen
2010 20.4% 33.9% 16.5% 21.7% 19.9% 20.1% 21.1%
2011 20.9% 23.1% 20.3% 21.0% 18.7% 20.0% 22.7%
2012 20.4% 21.5% 19.8% 20.4% 20.2% 19.0% 22.7%
2013 18.3% 21.5% 16.9% 18.3% 15.2% 18.7% 17.5%

 

UHV also disaggregates this data by low-income students, first-generation students, and gender (above) and race and ethnicity (below).

Students who graduate from UHV
Cohort yearWhiteHispanicBlackAsianInternationalOther race
2010 48.1% 33.8% 41.5% 62.2% 55.6% 42.3%
2011 45.8% 30.4% 29.6% 61.5% 40.7% 39.3%
2012 43.0% 31.5% 30.7% 47.9% 22.7% 36.6%
2013 43.2% 30.2% 27.4% 47.7% 32.1% 45.5%

 

Students who transfer out and graduate elsewhere
Cohort yearWhiteHispanicBlackAsianInternationalOther race
2010 18.6% 25.0% 20.3% 17.8% 0.0% 23.1%
2011 21.3% 24.4% 23.2% 7.7% 7.4% 10.7%
2012 23.9% 18.3% 21.6% 18.8% 0.0% 17.1%
2013 20.6% 20.3% 14.4% 21.5% 0.0% 9.1%

 

Target graduation rates

UHV uses graduation rate data to inform decision-making about new programs and support services. Currently, UHV has set a target for the 2018 cohort of increasing overall graduation rates by 5% over the 2013 cohort rate, making our target graduation rate for the 2018 cohort 56.5%. Because the students in this cohort are already at UHV, efforts to achieve the goal will focus on retention at the upper-division levels, especially advising and tutoring for transfer students.