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University of Texas System Uses StudentTracker and Other Data to Guide Families on Affordability and College Degree Benefits

University of Texas System Uses StudentTracker® and Other Data to Guide Families on Affordability and College Degree Benefits

by NSC Blog | Feb 4, 2016 | 2016 AACRAO, Research Services, StudentTracker |

Guest blog by David R. Troutman, Ph.D., Director for Strategic Initiatives, University of Texas System

High school students and parents are inundated on a daily basis with news stories about the cost vs. the value of a college education. Whether its tuition and loan debt, the ups and downs of U.S. job growth, or the employment outlook for college graduates, the media seem intent upon presenting worse case scenarios. These stories can have a negative impression on students and may very well impact their decision to pursue a college degree.

Chances are the stories will continue, so it is important for universities to provide students and parents with a complete understanding of college affordability and the benefits of receiving a college degree. At the University of Texas System, we strive to provide students and parents with access to this information. Working with students and using multiple data sources — university student data, National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker® service, Texas Unemployment Insurance Wage Records, Texas Workforce Commission’s labor market and career information, U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Association of American Medical Colleges — we built seekUT.

seekUT is an interactive tool that provides students and parents a resource to answer the following types of questions:

  • How much do UT graduates earn and how much do they owe in student loans?
  • How much do earnings vary for UT graduates with the same major?
  • How affordable are student loan payments for UT graduates?
  • Where are recent UT graduates currently working?
  • How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • What percentage of recent UT graduates continue their education?
  • Which jobs in Texas will have the most growth?
  • What do people earn in other states?

“…it is important for universities to provide students and parents with a complete understanding of college affordability and the benefits of receiving a college degree.”

David R. Troutman, Ph.D.
Director for Strategic Initiatives, University of Texas System

StudentTracker data has been very beneficial for the UT System and seekUT. The data has provided helpful information about students after they graduate from a UT System institution. The data provides prospective students the information on the percentage of students who continue their education after receiving their baccalaureate degrees by specific degree programs. StudentTracker enhances wage data by allowing the UT System to determine how additional education might impact students’ short-term and long-term earnings.

The seekUT tool has received very positive responses from students, parents, university administration, and alumni. It has created a synergy of productive conversations among students, parents, admission officers, financial aid advisors, and career counselors, as well as opened a dialogue with leaders from two-year and four-year colleges, government representatives, and economic development advisers.

Based on these interactions, the University of Texas System is hosting a national conference, “Vertex—At the Intersection of Higher Education and the Workforce,” April 18-19, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Participants will discuss the critical challenges facing higher education and examine the intersection of higher education and the workforce.

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