Higher Education Success

Higher Education programs are designed to increase the number of students who complete two-year or four-year degrees or technical certification. Texas and national workforce projections suggest that, over the next decade, 60 percent of the workforce will require a higher education credential to be gainfully employed. Additionally, long-term research revealed that only 20 percent of Texas students earn a college degree 11 years after beginning the eighth grade. That number drops to less than 10 percent for low-income and underserved students, who represent more than 60 percent of the Texas public student base.

To support the need for higher education credentials, Educate Texas partners with state agencies and cross-sector education providers (school districts, community colleges, and colleges and universities) to design and implement programs, and to build a network of stakeholders able to inform policies that increase the number of students who enroll in, persist and complete higher education.

Programs

The Bridge to College and Career Success initiative was formed to create partnerships that respond to the growing need to support disconnected youth and young adults in the Gulf Coast region to re-engage in college and career paths. Educate Texas awarded planning grants to eight regional partnerships to prepare their programs and apply for additional grant funds to implement their plans in 2018 – 2019.

With Texas facing a projected shortfall of 1 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related workers by 2018, Educate Texas partnered with like-minded foundations and corporations to create the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator program (STEM Accelerator). This program operates in five regions across the state to increase the number of students who will earn STEM credentials that align to high-demand local industry workforce needs within those regions.

The Texas Student Success Council is a group of diverse education leaders committed to shaping the state policy dialogue around increasing higher education attainment and preparing students to compete in the 21st century economy.