The Student Achievement Measure is supported by six sponsoring associations, working together to provide a more comprehensive and accurate picture of student progress and completion as students move across institutions and state boundaries.

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University in Lubbock has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. It is the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states. Originally named Texas Technological College, it was founded in 1923 and opened two years later with six buildings and 910 students. The first graduate-level instruction began in 1927. The college served as a training ground for U.S. Army pilots during World War II and, in the post-war years, its enrollment soared. The School of Law welcomed its first class in 1967. The School of Medicine was created in May 1969, just a few months before the college formally became Texas Tech University on Sept. 1. By the mid-1970s, Texas Tech had six colleges – Agricultural Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Home Economics – in addition to the Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing. The latter three became their own separate institution on June 6, 1979, when the Texas Legislature officially designated the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Today, Texas Tech University is one of four component institutions of the Texas Tech University System, which was formed in 1996. Alongside Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are Angelo State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Texas Tech University itself now has 10 colleges, the Graduate School, the School of Law, seven regional sites throughout the state of Texas and an entire division dedicated to online students. The university set its 10th consecutive fall enrollment record in fall 2018, with a total of 38,209 students. The semester also set records for freshman class; the number of National Merit Finalists and Presidential Scholarship recipients; and first-, second- and third-year retention rates, while increasing the university’s average SAT score. The university’s total research expenditures are at an all-time high of about $180 million, up from $52 million just 10 years ago, and restricted research expenditures are now at about $60 million. Texas Tech was one of the original 76 colleges and universities that received the Elective Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006, the year Carnegie launched the designation, which is based on a university’s community engagement as shown through an aligned mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. Texas Tech received the classification again in 2015. In 2018, Texas Tech was included as one of the 120 universities listed in the Very High Research Activity category of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a list only published once every three years. Of those 120 in the top tier, 86 are public institutions. The recognition reaffirmed the university’s initial inclusion in the listing in 2015, when it was also named among the top doctoral granting institutions in the U.S.
First-Time Full-Time

First-Time Full-Time Students Starting Fall 2011

Number of students: 4,413

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59%
14%
5%
7%
15%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
54%
11%
12%
10%
13%
WITHIN 5 YEARS
35%
7%
33%
14%
11%
WITHIN 4 YEARS
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Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

The SAM Full-time Bachelor's Degree model tracks a group of students who started a bachelor's degree program at Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2011. The students' progress toward a degree is reported within 4, 5, and 6 years. The same group of students is included in the results for every year.

The sections of the SAM chart represent the proportion of students in the original group with the following five outcomes.

  • Students who started at and graduated from Texas Tech University are represented by the darker purple bar with the solid black bar underneath (). (This section of the chart Within 6 Years is approximately the same as the federal graduation rate, but it may differ slightly for each institution.)
  • Students who started at Texas Tech University and then transferred to and graduated from another institution are represented by the lighter purple bar with the white stripe underneath ()
  • Students who started at and are still enrolled at Texas Tech University are represented by the darker aqua bar with two white stripes underneath ().
  • Students who started at Texas Tech University and then transferred to and are still enrolled at another institution are represented by the lighter aqua bar with the bottom white stripe ().
  • Students from the original group whose status is unknown are represented by the green bar with the top white stripe (). These students may have graduated or still be enrolled somewhere, but their status could not be determined conclusively.

Texas Tech University | Bachelor's Seeking Model - First-Time Full-Time

OUTCOMES FOR STUDENT STARTING AT
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY IN FALL 2011 BY SUMMER 2017
 
2011-12
 
2012-13
 
2013-14
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2014-15
WITHIN 5 YEARS
2015-16
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2016-17
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Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 3% 35% 54% 59%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
= Total Graduated from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 3% 35% 54% 59%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 0% 0% 6% 10% 12%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2%
= Total Graduated from another institution 0% 1% 1% 7% 11% 14%
Enrolled at Texas Tech University 97% 82% 70% 33% 12% 5%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0% 5% 9% 8% 6% 4%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 1% 5% 7% 6% 4% 3%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
1% 10% 16% 14% 10% 7%
Current Status Unknown 2% 7% 10% 11% 13% 15%
Full-Time Transfer

Full-Time Transfer Students Starting Fall 2011

Number of students: 2,180

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65%
11%
3%
5%
16%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
55%
7%
16%
8%
14%
WITHIN 4 YEARS
12%
1%
72%
9%
6%
WITHIN 2 YEARS
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Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

The SAM Full-time Bachelor's Degree model tracks a group of students who started a bachelor's degree program at Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2011. The students' progress toward a degree is reported within 4, 5, and 6 years. The same group of students is included in the results for every year.

The sections of the SAM chart represent the proportion of students in the original group with the following five outcomes.

  • Students who started at and graduated from Texas Tech University are represented by the darker purple bar with the solid black bar underneath (). (This section of the chart Within 6 Years is approximately the same as the federal graduation rate, but it may differ slightly for each institution.)
  • Students who started at Texas Tech University and then transferred to and graduated from another institution are represented by the lighter purple bar with the white stripe underneath ()
  • Students who started at and are still enrolled at Texas Tech University are represented by the darker aqua bar with two white stripes underneath ().
  • Students who started at Texas Tech University and then transferred to and are still enrolled at another institution are represented by the lighter aqua bar with the bottom white stripe ().
  • Students from the original group whose status is unknown are represented by the green bar with the top white stripe (). These students may have graduated or still be enrolled somewhere, but their status could not be determined conclusively.

Texas Tech University | Bachelor's Seeking Model - Full-Time Transfer

OUTCOMES FOR STUDENT STARTING AT
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY IN FALL 2011 BY SUMMER 2017
 
2011-12
WITHIN 2 YEARS
2012-13
 
2013-14
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2014-15
 
2015-16
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2016-17
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Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University 1% 12% 37% 55% 62% 65%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
= Total Graduated from Texas Tech University 1% 12% 37% 55% 62% 65%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 0% 3% 5% 7% 8%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 3%
= Total Graduated from another institution 1% 1% 4% 7% 9% 11%
Enrolled at Texas Tech University 96% 72% 38% 16% 7% 3%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0% 5% 6% 5% 3% 3%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 0% 4% 4% 3% 3% 2%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
0% 9% 10% 8% 6% 5%
Current Status Unknown 2% 6% 11% 14% 16% 16%