Greater Texas Foundation


Board of Directors


  Student Supports
More students are pursuing postsecondary credentials than ever before, eager to secure the opportunities that come with higher education. They’re coming from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing diverse skills, beliefs, and experiences with them. And they’re accessing colleges and universities via a variety of entry points, from dual credit courses offered in high school to online competency-based programs designed for working adults.
Despite these positive changes, clear disparities persist, and completion remains a challenge for all student groups. That’s why we identified Student Supports as a key focal point for our philanthropic strategy over the next five years. We’ll work to increase the number of Texas students who complete a certificate, associate degree, or baccalaureate degree leading to a living-wage job—particularly students of color, adult learners, and low-income students—by funding differentiated approaches to support students from all backgrounds, with the intention of generating sustainable institution- and systems-level change.

Dig Into the Data
With the help of Education First and other partners in the field, we explored current data on Texas students to develop our strategy. Below are some of the findings we found most compelling.

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Voices from the Field
The Education First team conducted interviews with stakeholders across the state to deepen and contextualize our understanding of Texas students' experiences. Here are some of their insights.

“You can have all the services but if students don’t feel comfortable or safe, the services aren’t going to change anything.” (Nonprofit Leader)

“Success in the classroom is about factors outside of the classroom.” (Higher Education Leader)

Partner Spotlight
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color is a collaboration between independent school districts, two-year colleges, and four-year institutions across the state to implement and sustain effective policies, programs, and practices that increase postsecondary completion for male students of color. The Consortium is headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and is led by Dr. Victor Saenz, professor and executive director; Dr. Emmet Campos, director; and Dr. Luis Ponjuan, associate professor at Texas A&M University. See the Consortium in action in the video below.