Only one in five Texas eighth graders will complete some form of postsecondary credential within six years of high school graduation. Greater Texas Foundation works to ensure students remain on a solid education pathway by supporting efforts to ensure Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete postsecondary education. The foundation presents this series of issue briefs focused on specific points on the pathway to completion.
- Advising: Texas passed legislation to strengthen academic pathways from middle school, high school, and college through career preparation, which depends substantially on school counselors. To read more about how school counselors affect students’ persistence and completion of postsecondary credentials, click here.
- College Readiness: Three primary predictors of college readiness are income, parental education, and the rigor of the high school experience – the latter being the single factor that can be impacted by education policy and practice in the near term. To learn more about how these factors affect college readiness, click here.
- Dual Credit: Earning college credit while in high school reduces barriers to enrolling and persisting in higher education. To learn more about how dual credit in the state of Texas is structured, click here.
- Transition: Half of all Texas public school students complete the transition from secondary education to postsecondary education. Some students successfully transition due to successful pathways offered by dual credit and early college high schools, while others transition into developmental education. To learn more about how students move from secondary to postsecondary education, click here.
- Summer Melt: Barriers to transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education occur along student pathways. Specifically, the summer after high school graduation is a common time when postsecondary-intending students do not successfully complete the transition from high school graduation to their first day in college or university. To learn more about the barriers students face during this particular transition period known as summer melt, click here.
- Pathways: The Texas Pathways Model, developed by the Texas Success Center is “an integrated systems-wide approach to student success based on intentionally designed, clear, coherent, and structured educational experiences.” To help more students be successful and ensure students stay on paths to meaning employment and careers, we must provide clear pathways for students to pursue their educational and career goals. To learn more about pathways for Texas students, click here.