Despite an increase in the percentage of Central Texas students who apply for college and who are college-ready, the percentage of students who enroll directly after high school hasn’t budged in the past six years.
A coalition of local school districts, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and researchers from the University of Texas have been tracking 2-year and 4-year college enrollment rates and adding programs to increase college admissions since 2004. An educated workforce has long been one of Austin’s key economic advantages, but keeping that advantage has been a growing concern as skill requirements for many careers continue to rise.
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Straight to college
Researchers at UT Austin have been tracking the number of high school students in Central Texas who go straight to college since 2004.
District / 2008 direct enrollment / 2012 direct enrollment
Austin / 58 / 58
Bastrop / 45 / 42
Del Valle / 37 / 41
Eanes / 87 / 85
Hays / 51 / 54
Hutto / * / 49
Lake Travis / * / 70
Leander / 69 / 68
Manor / 45 / 56
Pflugerville / 62 / 59
Round Rock / 69 / 71
San Marcos / 44 / 40
Overall / 61 / 61
* 2008 data unavailable
Source: UT-Ray Marshall Center