A group of five community colleges in Texas will soon start implementing a statewide student success and credential completion effort called Texas Completes.
The group last week announced its initial action plan and strategy to improve the Texas community college completion rate based on findings from its first year. It will focus on implementing the following initiatives as a first step in the effort to create a unified student pathway to success:
- Revise the curriculum to quickly get students into programs of study, streamline time to degree and facilitate transfer to four-year institutions.
- Create a comprehensive student advising and management system that ensures students a strong start and consistent feedback along each step of their way through college.
- Restructure developmental education to reduce time spent in pre-collegiate coursework.
With its planning phase funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the former initiative Texas Completion by Design, the new Texas Completes initiative will move ahead with the financial support of state and regional funders. (Other two-year colleges selected to participate in the national Completion by Design program are in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.)