Postsecondary readiness broadly refers to how well students are prepared for education, employment or other pathways after high school. Research by the Houston Education Research Consortium looks at a variety of factors for postsecondary readiness, including the role of college prep course offerings and course-taking, the availability and access to career and technical education (CTE) programs, school-to-work linkages and the effectiveness of tuition-free programs in increasing college graduation rates.
Equity in CTE Program Availability and Access
This study examined the availability and access to Career and Technical Education programs in HISD.
Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Texas Workforce
Motivated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60×30TX strategic plan, this project examined the path to and through college and into the workforce for students in the Houston area and state of Texas.
Will tuition-free college increase college graduation rates?
This study determined the optimal tuition subsidy necessary to increase two- and four-year college graduation in Texas. The study also estimated the per pupil and total cost of potential subsidies, and compared how they might affect college graduation rates.
School-to-Work Linkages in Texas
This report examined school-to-work linkages among bachelor’s degree holders in the state of Texas. Linkage is a measure of how closely connected college majors are to specific occupations in the labor market.
Transitioning to College and Work: Labor Market Analyses in Houston and Texas (Part 3)
Part 3 of the Houston Longitudinal Study on the Transition to College and Work (HLS) examined supply and demand for labor in the Houston area and Texas; in-demand occupations and skills in the Houston area; and early career wages and unemployment receipt among high school graduates from the Houston IndependentSchool District (HISD).
Transitioning to College and Work: A Study of Potential Enrollment Indicators (Part 2)
Part 2 of the Houston Longitudinal Study on the Transition to College and Work (HLS) examined potential indicators of college enrollment school and district staff might use to identify and support students at risk of not attending college.
In this research brief, we focus on the profiles of the 2016-2017 cohort of EMERGE applicants.
Finishing What My Parents Started: College Aspirations among EMERGE Students
This brief describes findings from interviews with high-performing high school sophomores from low-socioeconomic backgrounds who applied and were accepted into EMERGE during spring 2018, before any exposure to EMERGE programming. The goal of this study was to understand how students develop college aspirations and search for postsecondary institutions.
The Role of College Prep Course Offerings and Course-Taking in Long-Term Educational Outcomes
This study analyzes the distribution of college prep course offerings across Texas high schools and which school characteristics are associated with higher and lower numbers of college prep course offerings
Tracking Eighth-Graders' Postsecondary Outcomes in Harris County
Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) used the Houston Community Data Connections platform to track hundreds of thousands of Houston-area students' educational and professional careers for 17 years.
Transitioning to College and Work: Where are high school seniors from 2006-2008 now? (Part 1)
This research brief describes the college outcomes of three cohorts of 12th grade students in the Houston Independent School District through descriptive statistics of college enrollment, college completion and annual income.
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