Enrollment in Texas postsecondary
institutions has increased and
diversified over time.

Between 2007 and 2017, four-year public university enrollment grew by 38 percentage points, and two-year public institutions saw an increase of 12 points.

More than 70% of the Texas postsecondary population are students of color, and about half receive Pell grants due to financial need.

Despite these positive changes, disparities among racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and other groups persist, and completion remains a challenge for all student groups. Overall, only 23 of every 100 Texas students who entered the eighth grade in 2008 completed a postsecondary degree or certificate within eleven years.

Greater Texas Foundation supports efforts of secondary and postsecondary education systems to effectively serve students from all backgrounds to complete postsecondary credentials by:

Supporting differentiated approaches designed to improve postsecondary completion for students from all backgrounds with potential for generating institution-and systems-level change.

Supporting research on postsecondary completion for students from all backgrounds.

Using research to build the knowledge of partners, policymakers, and institutions.

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data-informed
strategies to support
student access to and
success in college.


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Our grantmaking and other efforts related to this goal are designed 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.