Insider | February 2008 Issue |
Third in Texas
UNT is state's third largest in undergraduate enrollment
and in degrees awarded
From a UNT News Service press release
Newly released figures from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board show that UNT is the third largest university in
Texas in three key areas – undergraduate student enrollment,
undergraduate degrees awarded and graduate degrees awarded.
Official figures from fall 2007 show that UNT had 27,242 undergraduate
students - coming out ahead of the University of Houston by 747
students. UNT's undergraduate enrollment has gone up nearly 10
percent since fall 2004.
UNT also is third in the state for fiscal year 2007 undergraduate
degrees awarded (4,863) and masters degrees awarded (1,329).
Other key findings from the THECB report:
- UNT is on track to meet the coordinating board's "Closing the
Gaps" headcount targets. That initiative aims to enroll 630,000
new higher education students across Texas by 2015.
- The growth rate for degrees earned continues to climb, particularly
among African American and Hispanic students. There was a nearly
20 percent increase in UNT degrees earned by African Americans
from fiscal year 2000 to 2007, and a more than 48 percent increase
in degrees earned by Hispanic students from the same time period.
- UNT has demonstrated significant improvement in its student
persistence rates, particularly among Hispanic students. From
fall 2000 to fall 2006 (the last year that numbers are available
in this category), there was a 5 percent increase in the first-time
undergraduate student persistence rate after one year for Hispanics.
"It's important for universities like UNT to contribute to 'Closing
the Gaps' goals that would bring Texas in better standing with
other states," says Troy Johnson, associate vice
president for enrollment management. "To have both growth in enrollment
and in student graduation rates is particularly gratifying for
the faculty and staff of UNT."
UNT News Service Press Release
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