Initiative Leaders for Student Success

The regional, three-year GC PASS initiative is made possible through a generous grant by Houston Endowment to The University of Texas at Austin’s Student Success Initiatives, which provides direction, coordination and evaluation for the project.

Houston A+ Challenge leads the college awareness focus for the project, by helping ISDs inventory and evaluate their current college-focused activities, share best practices, and develop and implement plans to enhance their district-wide college-bound culture. Houston A+ Challenge also convenes three annual GC PASS Institutes to ensure that the project is continually informed by the latest national, state and local research and promising practices.

The Institute for Evidence-Based Change leads the data focus for the project, by collecting and analyzing data for all partners, developing web-based tools for easy data access, training users on data-informed decision-making, designing and integrating achievement metrics, and partnering in the development and support of vertical alignment teams.

GC PASS Partners

The community colleges and K-12 districts involved in GC PASS collectively serve more than 720,000 Texas students each year.

All GC PASS community colleges have spent five or more years as participants in Achieving the Dream (AtD), a nationwide effort to increase the rate at which students – especially students of color and low-income students – achieve, persist, and complete community college. Each college’s GC PASS project will build on its work from AtD, by setting targets to reduce the need for remediation, accelerate student progress through developmental courses, and increase student success in “gatekeeper” courses.

All K-12 public school districts in GC PASS have been invited into the initiative by their respective community colleges, who will work alongside them to foster a college-going culture. Outcomes targeted at the K-12 level include alignment of curriculum and student expectations; expanded offering of dual enrollment, including remedial courses, college credit courses; and increased student and parent understanding of (and successful applications) for financial aid.

College Public K-12 School District(s)
Brazosport College Brazosport ISD
College of the Mainland Hitchcock ISD
Galveston College Galveston ISD
Houston Community College System Houston ISD and Spring Branch ISD
Lee College Goose Creek CISD
Lone Star College System Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and Spring ISD
San Jacinto College District Pasadena ISD and Sheldon ISD
Wharton County Junior College Wharton ISD

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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