A Regional Approach

The primary goals of Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Student Success (GC PASS) are to increase college readiness among high school graduates, ease student transitions between high school and community college, and increase student success in community college developmental courses. Read more about the initiative.

The regional, three-year project is directed, coordinated and evaluated by The University of Texas at Austin's Student Success Initiatives, and involves eight community college systems and 11 public K-12 school districts in the Houston region. Read more about our partners and their roles.

Out of every 100 Texas eighth graders, only 22 earn any kind of higher education degree or certificate within six years of graduating high school. Out of 100 African American and Latino students, only 11 earn a degree.

A New Measure of
Educational Success in Texas

2012 study funded by Houston Endowment Inc.


Opening the Gates to Post-Secondary Success

Every year, more than 200,000 students arrive at Texas colleges and universities unprepared for the academic coursework that awaits them. Already at a disadvantage, these students are placed in developmental courses to help them “catch up” – yet they seldom achieve academic success. In fact, only 20 percent of students placed in developmental courses will ever earn a postsecondary certificate or degree.

Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Student Success (GC PASS) works to ensure that more Texas students not only graduate high school prepared to tackle college-level courses, but also persist through college to earn a postsecondary credential.

Be part of it

For more information on Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Student Success, please contact:

June Giddings
Gulf Coast PASS Coordinator
Houston A+ Challenge

Brad Phillips, Executive Director
Institute for Evidence-Based Change

Photos in this section courtesy of Lone Star College - North Harris


Houston A+ Challenge Value Add

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