How does Texas rank when it comes to access to college and the success of college students?
According to a new study: average.
Here are the facts:
When it comes to student access to college, the state was given a grade of C.
The study gave Texas a C and F grade when it comes to innovative or new ways of teaching students.
The state received an A when it came to the cost and efficiency of a college education.
The study was done by an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
This study didn't have the best things to say about a college education in Texas.
The administrator KTXS spoke to said it doesn't reflect much of what a Texas college experience really means.
Is it really as hard to be a college student in Texas as a recent study claims?
One college administrator doesn't think so.
Especially when it comes to the new ways she said students are learning, a category Texas didn't do too well in according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce study.
"I believe innovative universities are not only looking at one avenue to teach their students, they're thinking outside the box providing them with experiences to learn in an un-traditional manner," said Tamara Long, Director of Enrollment at Abilene Christian University.
One area the state did do well at was cost effectiveness.
"We are one of the first schools we know of that's offering a block tuition where students are actually able to take classes for 12 months based on what they paid for one year, so they're going to finish faster because they're taking more classes at less of a cost," Long said.
Long said that ultimately it's up to the student to decide what they want to make of their college experience.
The study also found that Texas ranks in the top 10 for completion rates at public four year schools.