A Regional Approach

Community colleges hold tremendous promise as accessible, cost-effective institutions that are crucial if our state and region are to meet the need for a more highly educated workforce and citizenry. Yet underprepared students are more likely to attend community colleges, where about 45 percent of students have not met college-ready standards in math, 31 percent are unprepared in reading, and 19 percent are unprepared in writing.

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
  • Increase student success in community college developmental courses

Of course, no one institution can do this alone. That’s why GC PASS pairs community colleges with local K-12 public school systems to tackle big projects such as aligning curriculum, particularly in literacy and mathematics “gatekeeper” courses; offering seamless student interventions and services; and developing institutional cultures of high expectations for student postsecondary readiness, persistence and success.

Through a three-year cycle, community college/K-12 district (CC/ISD) faculty teams will meet regularly to plan, implement, evaluate, and refine comprehensive projects aimed at improving college readiness, transitions, and success. Though each CC/ISD project is unique, all are founded on research-based and field-proven best practices, and all rely primarily on student data to inform and evaluate their efforts.

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


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