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 institutions 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, the School of Veterinary Medicine, eight regional sites throughout the state of Texas and an entire division dedicated to online students. The university set its 12th consecutive fall enrollment record in fall 2020, with a total of 40,322 students. The semester also set records for total National Merit Finalists enrolled and first -year retention. The university’s total research expenditures also are at an all-time high, as a record $192 million were recorded in fiscal year 2020. In 2019, the university received support from the Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott for the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine, the first in the state in over a century. The school will enroll its first class in fall 2021. 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 reaffirmed by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a “very high research activity” university, one of 131 universities listed overall, and among 94 publics.

Fall 2014 First-time Full-time Cohort

6-year outcomes for undergraduate bachelor’s-seeking students as of 2020

First-Time Full-Time

First-Time Full-Time Students Starting Fall 2014

Number of students: 5,519

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63%
15%
3%
5%
14%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
58%
12%
9%
9%
12%
WITHIN 5 YEARS
38%
7%
32%
13%
10%
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 2014. 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 2014 BY SUMMER 2020
 
2014-15
 
2015-16
 
2016-17
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2017-18
WITHIN 5 YEARS
2018-19
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2019-20
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Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 3% 38% 58% 63%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
= Total Graduated from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 3% 38% 58% 63%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 0% 1% 6% 10% 13%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 0% 0% 1% 1% 2% 2%
= Total Graduated from another institution 0% 0% 2% 7% 12% 15%
Enrolled at Texas Tech University 97% 84% 71% 32% 9% 3%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0% 5% 11% 9% 6% 3%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 0% 5% 5% 4% 3% 2%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
0% 10% 16% 13% 9% 5%
Current Status Unknown 3% 6% 8% 10% 12% 14%
Full-Time Transfer

Full-Time Transfer Students Starting Fall 2014

Number of students: 2,686

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64%
14%
3%
4%
15%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
54%
8%
15%
10%
13%
WITHIN 4 YEARS
12%
1%
69%
11%
7%
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 2014. 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 2014 BY SUMMER 2020
 
2014-15
WITHIN 2 YEARS
2015-16
 
2016-17
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2017-18
 
2018-19
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2019-20
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Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University 2% 12% 36% 54% 62% 64%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from Texas Tech University 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
= Total Graduated from Texas Tech University 2% 12% 36% 54% 62% 64%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 0% 3% 6% 9% 11%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 1% 1% 2% 2% 2% 3%
= Total Graduated from another institution 1% 1% 5% 8% 11% 14%
Enrolled at Texas Tech University 93% 69% 37% 15% 6% 3%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0% 7% 8% 7% 4% 3%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 1% 4% 5% 3% 3% 1%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
1% 11% 13% 10% 7% 4%
Current Status Unknown 3% 7% 9% 13% 14% 15%