Although the number of jobs requiring a postsecondary credential is rapidly increasing, only 44% of Texans aged 25-34 held a certificate or higher as of 2020. Postsecondary completion rates are on the rise in our state, but they are not keeping pace with the need. In fact, only 23 of every 100 Texas students who entered the eighth grade in 2008 completed a credential within eleven years, and significant disparities persist among racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and other groups.
In light of these realities, GTF is committed to investing in student-centered solutions so more Texans can achieve their postsecondary goals. We use a range of strategies to strengthen Student Supports; Transfer, Transition, and Advising; Rural Collaborations; and Math for Success. Our work is guided by a research and learning agenda that informs our grantmaking for each goal.