Vista: April 2022

Helping Students Manage Life’s Emergencies

A financial crisis, be it large or small, can often derail a college student’s progress in school.

Last September, Greater Texas Foundation launched The Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap to help ten Texas community colleges develop efficient, equitable, sustainable programs that assist students in times of need and help them persist in their education. 

Teams of staff from each participating college attend monthly professional development workshops led by Reos Partners to ensure their program demonstrates the hallmarks of effective emergency aid.

Each college receives money from the foundation to be awarded to students as emergency aid and they commit to raise matching funds to build the sustainability of their program.

“The future of Texas will be shaped by how well we serve our community college students.”

Ralph Rushing, Board Chair, Greater Texas Foundation

These ten community colleges were selected to participate through a competitive Request for Proposals process:

  • College of the Mainland 
  • Galveston College
  • Lee College 
  • McLennan Community College 
  • North Central Texas College
  • Northeast Texas Community College 
  • Panola College
  • Texas Southmost College
  • Vernon College
  • Victoria College 

New Talent Plan for Texas

Have you heard?

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced a refreshed strategic plan for higher education in Texas! The plan, Building a Talent Strong Texas, challenges us to act boldly and inventively to ensure there’s a place for all Texans in tomorrow’s economy. It expands on the successes and progress of the state’s previous plan, 60x30TX, by widening the lens for higher education. 

Greater Texas Foundation is proud to have helped fund the development of the Agency’s strategic plan that will drive progress for the future of Texas.

Download and read the full plan here.

Texas Workforce Data Portal

We have many talented partners around the state working hard so all Texas students are prepared for college and career.

An important step in achieving this shared goal is understanding Texas and regional data trends. To that end, The Commit Partnership now provides the Texas Workforce Data Portal that includes interactive data dashboards and analysis around four key areas:

  • Higher Education Completion
  • Higher Education Enrollment
  • Self-Sustaining Wages
  • Educational Attainment and Median Income

Texas Workforce Data Portal
While this platform is not funded by Greater Texas Foundation (we’re simply sharing the good work) you can see other ways we have partnered with The Commit Partnership by exploring our Active Grants Table.

How Can We Help You?

Our grantmaking is collaborative and ambitious and we continue to seek proposals for programs and research that have broad reach and meaningful impact.

Do you have a program that might be a fit? Head to the Grants section of our website to see investments we’ve made recently and to learn how we work with grantees.
Learn about our grantmaking process

From our Resource Library: Student Parents

While about 25% of students enrolled in postsecondary education are parents, they are often an overlooked group on campus. Our Issue Brief, Student Parents: Issues and Challenges, looks at the unique obstacles faced by this kind of learner and makes data-informed recommendations for how to support their success on your campus.

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