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More students graduate on time

December 7, 2016

Since 2000, the four-year graduation rate at TAMIU has nearly doubled, from 13 to 24 percent.

This boost in the four-year graduation rate comes from the university pushing students to graduate on time.

“We are encouraging students to take 15 hours per semester,” said TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz.

That translates to about four classes per semester.

To be considered a full-time student, he or she must take at least 12 semester credit hours.

According to TAMIU’s accountability report, 23.4 percent of first-time students who enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours their first fall semester in 2011 graduated four years later.

The five-year graduation rate was 41 percent and six-year 49 percent.

Those graduation rates are roughly in line with other similar institutions of higher education in Texas.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, for example, had a four-year graduation rate of 23 percent.

TAMIU encouraging students to take a full courseload is reflected in the ever-increasing number of semester credit hours.

Despite its enrollment decreasing from fall 2014 to fall 2015, the number of semester credit hours taken still increased.

From fall 2015 to fall 2016, the number of semester credit hours taken increased by 5 percent.

Last fall, the university had a total of 78,096 semester credit hours. This fall, it’s 83,068.

Also this fall semester, TAMIU’s enrollment rebounded, increasing by 3 percent.

The university had an enrollment of 7,414 students, an increase of 222 compared to fall 2015.

Arenaz said TAMIU officials have done an excellent job in recruiting students.

“Our recruiting staff and the Division of Student Success have been out there talking about TAMIU and how great we are,” he said.

“Students have responded and they are excited about coming.”

Of the number of students registered this fall semester, 4,396 were enrolled in the TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences, 1,303 in the A.R Sanchez Jr. School of Business, 1,006 in the College of Education and 656 in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Officials said the College of Nursing and Health Sciences had the biggest increase in enrollment compared to fall 2015.

The university had 592 students enrolled in fall 2015, an increase of 10.8 percent compared to this fall semester.