The Texas Success Center, a division of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates, Greater Texas, T.L.L. Temple, and Teagle foundations, has announced the launch of a five-year, multimillion-dollar effort to implement student-focused reforms in the state's fifty community college districts.
With the funds, the state's community college system will implement a series of reforms known as Texas Guided Pathways, an integrated approach to student success based on clear, coherent, and structured educational experiences designed to guide each student effectively and efficiently from the selection of their high school degree program, to choice of postsecondary education option, to attainment of high-quality credentials and a career. Patterned after the American Association of Community College's Pathways Model, Texas Pathways will build on three principles: program redesign efforts must address the entire student experience rather than just one segment of it; use of the guided Pathways redesign as a framework that helps unify a variety of reform elements around the central goal of helping students choose, enter, and complete a program of study; and a focus on students' end goals as the starting point of the redesign process.
"Community colleges play a critical role in educating our future workforce, and thirteen colleges in East Texas serve about 25 percent of all Texas community college students," said Wynn Rosser, president and CEO of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation. "Pathways will ensure more Texans succeed in college and that our region is economically competitive."
"[Greater Texas Foundation] supports efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete a postsecondary education," said Ralph Rushing, chair and interim CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation. "The design principles of Texas Guided Pathways embody each of the components of our mission in a highly structured, scalable, and student-focused way. We look forward to working with TSC on this important endeavor to improve education outcomes for students across the state."