Texas Completes offers Texas a unique opportunity - in a large decentralized system, it has knitted together a network of colleges and districts that can help turn the tide on the achievement gap.
The cadre of institutions, which includes over 35 colleges and educates 41% of the state's community college students, includes managing partner Lone Star College (LSC), Alamo Community College District (ACCD), Austin Community College (ACC), Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), El Paso Community College (EPCC), Odessa College (OC) and South Texas College (STC).
Prior to this initiative, our seven systems worked independently on multiple student success initiatives, which were too fragmented to make a significant impact on the completion rates of our 289,063 students or bring any individual strategy to scale. We have identified three priority change areas that our colleges and districts will work together to improve:
- Completion of a degree or certificate.
- Seamless transfer to a University.
- Entry into the workforce.
By leveraging and accelerating existing reform efforts and creating a center of gravity for innovation, we are confident that we will be able to help more students find their way and stay on track through college. We will create a clear road to both associate's degree attainment and improved transfer, break down silos within colleges to enable stronger support and engagement, and create the infrastructure for coherency between the segments in much of the state.
Texas Completes is working to re-engineer core processes including:
- revising key aspects of the curriculum within programs and developmental education
- building out new technology solutions, such as automatic graduation and e-advising
- advocating for changes to state policy that would enable more students to complete