Competition: No Panacea for Public Education

Texas’s public institutions of higher education compete for their students.

If competition is the panacea for K-12 public education, then data from Texas’s higher education system should support that belief system.

The Data

For the fall 2005 cohort, “[the] number of every 100 Texas public university students [first-time degree-seeking students] who earn a postsecondary degree within six years” is 57*.

For the fall 2005 cohort, “[the] number of every 100 Texas public two-year college students [first-time, degree-seeking students] who earn a postsecondary degree or certificate within six years” is 27*.

For the 2011 fiscal year, the six-year graduation rates of Texas’s four-year, public institutions of higher education range from 14.1% to 84.4%*.

Conclusion

Without a lengthy analysis and commentary, a quick look at the data from Texas’s institutions of higher education suggests a lack of support for the belief system that competition is the panacea for public education.

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*2012 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac: A Profile of State and Institutional Performance and Characteristics

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