About 610,000 K-12 students live in rural regions of Texas. Although they graduate high school at a rate that exceeds the state average, they are less likely than their peers to have access to college-level coursework, to take college entrance exams, or to enroll in college.
GTF partners with rural communities to build the supports students need to access and complete a postsecondary credential by:
- building partnerships with organizations that serve rural students and communities, particularly in ways that allow regions to optimize existing resources through collective action;
- supporting research on strategies to address barriers for rural students; and
- using research to build the knowledge of partners, policymakers, and institutions.
Through these intentional relationships, we intend to increase the number of rural Texas students who have the academic resources, guidance, and support necessary to complete a postsecondary credential.