South Plains College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$696

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$3,611

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

13.7%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

9,329

48.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

19.5%

312 Graduates

About

South Plains College is a higher education institution located in Hockley County, TX. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at South Plains College were .

In 2017, 1,541 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Plains College. 49.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (727 degrees), 1.06 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (688 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Plains College is $696, which is $-6,718 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at South Plains College is $696, which is $-6,718 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $3,611.

In 2017, 55% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 21% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$696

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at South Plains College was $696. The cost of tuition at South Plains College is $-6,718 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$3,611

2017 Value

13.5%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 South Plains College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $3,611. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of South Plains College grew by 13.5%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$5,000

Room and Board

$1,250

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Plains College was of $5,000 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

55%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

21%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

55% of undergraduate students at South Plains College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 9.84% with respect to 2016, when 61% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

13.7%

2016 Default Rate

200

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at South Plains College was 13.7%, which represents 200 out of the 1460 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

South Plains College has a total enrollment of 9,329 students. The full-time enrollment at South Plains College is 4,557 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,772. This means that 48.8% of students enrolled at South Plains College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Plains College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.2% Hispanic or Latino, 43.9% White, 5.87% Black or African American, 1.47% Two or More Races, 1.41% Asian, 0.407% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.225% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at South Plains College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (25.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (21.8%) and White Male (21%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

48.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Plains College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,329 students. The full-time enrollment at South Plains College is 4,557 and the part-time enrollment is 4,772. This means that 48.8% of students enrolled at South Plains College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

56%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at South Plains College was 56%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), South Plains College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    4,219

  2. White

    4,097

  3. Black or African American

    548

The enrolled student population at South Plains College is 45.2% Hispanic or Latino, 43.9% White, 5.87% Black or African American, 1.47% Two or More Races, 1.41% Asian, 0.407% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.225% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 47 students (0.504%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 13 fewer women than men received degrees from South Plains College. The majority of degree recipients at South Plains College are hispanic or latino (727 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (688 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at South Plains College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at South Plains College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (59 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (217 degrees), and Precision Production (103 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Elementary & middle school teachers (122,445 people), Other managers (118,666 people), Police officers (117,827 people), Graphic designers (95,994 people), and Postsecondary teachers (63,143 people).

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Communication Technologies (59 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (217 degrees), Precision Production (103 degrees), Construction (32 degrees), and Protective Services (110 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, Nurse anesthetists, Financial managers, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Communication Technologies (59 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (217 degrees), Precision Production (103 degrees), Construction (32 degrees), and Protective Services (110 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (293,976 people), Elementary & secondary schools (225,443 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (139,052 people), Construction (126,347 people), and Computer Systems Design (81,845 people).

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Communication Technologies (59 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (217 degrees), Precision Production (103 degrees), Construction (32 degrees), and Protective Services (110 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South Plains College.

Most Common

  1. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at South Plains College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 777

  2. 764

In 2017, 777 degrees were awarded to men at South Plains College, which is 1.02 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (764).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 101 degrees were awarded to men at South Plains College in Welding Technology, which is 50.5 times more than the 2 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 159 degrees were awarded to women at South Plains College in General Studies, which is 2.04 times more than the 78 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

8%

100% Completion Time

15%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 8% of students graduating from South Plains College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 15% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 19% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (33.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at South Plains College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (33.3% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.321% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    727 degrees awarded

  2. White

    688 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    87 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Plains College is hispanic or latino (727 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (688 degrees).

0.195% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Hispanic or Latino Female

    374 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    364 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    353 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at South Plains College is hispanic or latino female (374 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (364 degrees).

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Operations

South Plains College has an endowment valued at nearly $13M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $227k (1.74%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, South Plains College had a total salary expenditure of $67.8M. South Plains College employs 123 Instructors, 66 Assistant professors, and 48 Professors. Most academics at South Plains College are Female Instructors (62), Male Instructors(61), and Female Assistant professors (35).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Plains College are: Service, with 87 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 81 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 44 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$13M

2017 Endowment

5.03%

growth from 2016

South Plains College has an endowment valued at about $13M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of South Plains College grew 5.03% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.38M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.69M - Federal

  2. $862k - State

  3. $47.8k - Local

As of 2017, South Plains College received $1.69M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $862k from state grants and contracts, and $47.8k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$29.2M

2017 Salaries

7.91%

growth from 2016

In 2017, South Plains College paid a median of $29.2M in salaries, which represents 43.1% of their overall expenditure ($67.8M) and a 7.91% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.63% decline from 2015 and a 2.62% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14M

Instructional Salaries

271

Number of Employees

In 2017, South Plains College paid a total of $14M to 271 employees working as instructors, which represents 47.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $6.01M (29.3%) for similar Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

123 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

87 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Plains College were Instructor with 123 employees; Assistant professor with 66 employees; and Assistant professor with 48 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Plains College were Service with 87 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 81 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 44 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Instructor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Plains College was Female Instructor with 62 employees, Male Instructor with 61 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 35 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at South Plains College.

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