Greater Texas Foundation is dedicated to helping
more Texas students earn a degree or credential
after high school.
As a private foundation, we do this work by making grants, building organizational capacity, supporting collective action, funding and sharing research, convening leaders, and forming partnerships, all with a focus on student success.
We prioritize our work around four areas of critical needs
SUSTAINABLE, DATA-DRIVEN STUDENT SUPPORTS so more Texans of all backgrounds can get a postsecondary credential
TRANSITION POLICIES AND PRACTICES that provide affordable, clear, and efficient postsecondary pathways so students can experience a smooth and successful academic trajectory
PARTNERSHIPS WITH RURAL COMMUNITIES to ensure the students who live there have the academic resources, guidance, and support they need to complete a credential
SCALABLE MATH EDUCATION MODELS that will allow more Texas students to successfully prepare for and complete a postsecondary credential
“We owe it to our students, especially the first generation in college, to deliver on the promise that education can break generational poverty.”
— Maria Luna-Torres, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Strategic Priorities for 2020 - 2024
Investing in student-centered solutions so more Texans can achieve their postsecondary goals.
Transfer, Transition, and
Practices and policies that provide
affordable, clear and efficient
postsecondary pathways for students
Partnerships with rural communities
to build supports for students
change so secondary and
systems can effectively serve
students of all backgrounds to
completion of a credential
Math for Success
Scalable math education models
designed to drive postsecondary
Nascent ideas with significant
potential that may not directly
address one of the four goal areas
Partnership + Grantmaking + Research + Knowledge Building + Convening + Capacity Building + Collective Action
The number of jobs requiring a postsecondary credential is rapidly increasing, but Texas is not keeping pace with the need. In fact, only 23 of every 100 Texas students who entered the eighth grade in 2008 completed a college-level credential within eleven years, and significant disparities persist among racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and other groups. Postsecondary education is one of the most reliable ways to secure a living wage and the stability that comes with it.