November 2006 Gap Closing Gazette: the Newsletter of the College for All Texans Foundation The mission of the College for All Texans Awards Over $3.8 Foundation: Closing the Gaps is to generate the private resources necessary to ensure the success Million to Help Close Gaps of the College for Texans Campaign. For more TG has become one of the largest funders of the information or to make a donation, please call 512 427- 6108 or visit Closing the Gaps effort in Texas. For the second www.collegeforalltexansfoundation.com consecutive year, TG has awarded grants to advance college access, student retention, and educational research. TG's Public Benefit Grant Program is providing this fall more than $3.8 million in competitive grants to 28 institutions and non-profit organizations. (Continued on page 2) More news in this issue (left-click on headline): AMD Funds New Mobile Go Center for Central Texas to be Operated by Austin Community College TG Provides $300,000 for College G- Force to Help Students in Go Centers Tarrant County College Begins Operation of Mobile Go Center Summer Bridge Program at Texas A&M International University Americorps*VISTA and Recent Retirees to Help Go Centers UTPA’s Mobile Go Center Sets the Pace: TG President and CEO Sue McMillin (second from left) Reaches Over 6000 in First Seven and Asst. VP Jacob Fraire (far left) at launch of Austin Community College’s Mobile Go Center. A TG grant is Months enabling expansion of Austin Community College’s Five Gap Closing Programs Win Texas College Connection which the new MGC, funded by Higher Education Star Award AMD and AT&T, will support. The Coordinating Board’s Assistant Commissioner for Outreach and Fall 2006 Higher Education Enrollment Success Catherine Dikes (third from left) and Don Grows But at Lower Rate Than in Brown (far right) join the celebration and help hold the MGC key presented to ACC by TSTC-Waco. Several Previous Years Mobile Go Center Photo Gallery Foundation Information 2 TG Awards Over $3.8 Million During the first year of funding in 2005-2006, TG awarded $1.8 million through its in Grants (cont’d from page 1) competitive grant program. As then, the current Recipients will use the grant funds to enhance grant funds are offered in addition the Charley opportunities and access to higher education and Wootan Grant Program, established by TG in improve student success in preparing for and 2000, that provides $1 million each year in earning a college degree. need-based aid to students enrolled in postsecondary education. ―Since TG's founding 25 years ago, we have believed that everyone who aspires to complete Earlier this year, TG's Public Benefit Grant a college degree should have the opportunity to Program also set aside $500,000 to help students do so," said Sue McMillin, president and CEO whose education was interrupted by Hurricanes for TG, a nonprofit company that provides Katrina and Rita. The TG Textbook Awards federal student loan guarantees and helps program provided 1,000 students with grants to millions of students finance higher education purchase textbooks and education-related each year. "Through TG's Public Benefit Grant supplies for the 2006 summer session or fall Program, we're pleased that we can help semester. educational partners and like-minded For more information: Contact Jacob Fraire at (800) 252- organizations reach out to students and 9743, ext. 4964, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. families." In determining the recipients, TG required each Return to top nonprofit organization to declare its intent to use ---------------------------------------------------------- grant funding to improve access to, or AMD Funds Mobile Go Center participation in, postsecondary education, college retention, and student success. for Central Texas: Launched by Austin Community College on TG intends that the primary beneficiaries of these efforts, either directly or indirectly, be November 16 students who are from low- to moderate-income families, with priority awarded to proposals that AMD, to help close the educational gaps in addressed the needs of first-generation college Austin and Central Texas, has funded the state‘s students, students from high schools with low fifth Mobile Go Center. Like other MGCs, the college-going rates, and/or students who are new unit is a long, enclosed trailer equipped underrepresented in higher education. with laptop computers connected to the Internet The grant funds will help organizations carry by a dish antenna and satellite system. The out efforts that include financial aid, in the form MGC can be pulled of need-based grants to students; student to a wide range of mentoring and internships; pre-college outreach locations to connect to students and parents; academic support and students, parents instruction; student retention; student transfer and others with guidance and support; and education research. information about preparing for, TG funds have been instrumental to the applying to, paying development of Mobile Go Centers. They have for and succeeding enabled UT-Pan American to operate its Mobile in college. Go Center, the College for All Texans Foundation to construct its initial three MGCs, and South Texas Tech Prep-Laredo Community A College to acquire a MGC. AMD’s Allyson Peerman and Ward Tisdale next to one of AMD’s logos on the MGC 3 College Connection is a unique outreach The AMD grant enabled construction of the program which the Texas Higher Education MGC and provided it with all equipment— Coordinating Board recently recognized with its including laptops with AMD processors-- Star Award for contributions to Closing the except its satellite Internet system. That system Gaps (see p. 7). The program‘s primary goal is is made possible by funds from the AT&T to place college enrollment services squarely in Foundation‘s eight-year grant for technology front of all ACC area high school seniors to used on MGCs and in some fixed-site Go create the expectation of postsecondary Centers. education. Every College Connection participating senior who graduates receives an The AT&T Foundation grant, announced early ACC acceptance letter along with his/her high in 2005, kick-started the entire Mobile Go school diploma. Center Project. Like all the partner institutions operating Mobile Go Centers, ACC will use the MGC to carry and convey the broad ―Education. Go Get It/ La Educación. Saber es Poder‖ message. For more information: Richard Armenta, PhD, at Austin Community College (512)223-7955 or via e-mail at email@example.com; or Dewy Brooks at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (512) 427-6289, Austin Community College’s Mobile Go Center, pictured or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org above, has its own website, www.austincc.edu/go/ with an operating calendar and an invitation to request visits. Return to top _______________________________________ Donors and school leaders from across the region gathered at ACC's Eastview Campus on November 16 to launch the new Mobile Go TG Grant for College for Center and to announce a major expansion of Texans: $300,000 for Collegiate the College Connection program. G-Force to Help Students in Go Austin Community College will use the MGC Centers in its acclaimed College Connection An award made under TG‘s Public Benefit program. It will Grant Program (see p. 1) will strengthen the bring support and impact of Go Centers in Texas‘ three regions information about with the largest populations. college preparation, enrollment, The TG funds will provide grants of up to financial aid and $1,000 to at least 300 Collegiate G-Force related subjects to members in 2006-2007 in the Dallas-Fort Worth students, parents, Metroplex, the Houston and Gulf Coast region, and others, and South Texas. The grants make it possible especially those for far more college students to encourage more from families with high school students to prepare for, pursue, and historically low college-going rates who live in succeed in college. the communities within ACC‘s eight-county service area. The Coordinating Board will allocate the TG funds to 10 institutions in the three regions. 4 Those colleges and universities will select the student recipients and connect them to the Go Centers where they will serve. Trustee Winnett accepted the MGC for Tarrant County College District and pledged that it The Collegiate G-Force is composed of college would be used fully to reach and help students students who work in Go Centers. Under the necessary to close gaps. guidance of an adult G-Force sponsor, they help draw high school students to Go Centers to Gary Terry, regional vice president of external obtain college-going information and support. affairs, AT&T Texas conveyed his and his Because of their experience in college, company‘s support for the Mobile Go Center Collegiate G-Force members can tutor high project. The AT&T Foundation‘s grant provided school students who need academic assistance, funds for the MGC‘s computers and telecom- mentor them as they proceed along a path to munications equipment. Several other Texas college entrance and success, and take other foundations contributed grants that paid for steps to build a college-going culture. construction of the new MGC. The Collegiate G-Force members can serve as role models to younger students in their AT&T’s Linda communities, and often are able to engage Caram and Gary students who otherwise would be overlooked by Terry with the education system. Trustee Robyn Winnett (holding key), and Don For more information: Chris Alvarado (512) 427-6207, Brown or via e-mail at email@example.com Return to top _______________________________________ ―The Mobile Go Center will enable Tarrant County College and other Texas colleges and universities to reach potential students where they live, work and attend school,‖ said Dr. Tarrant County College begins Leonardo de la Garza, Tarrant County College operation of Mobile Go Center chancellor. ―The mobility of the Go Center is especially valuable in expanding our outreach efforts throughout Tarrant County.‖ Tarrant County College announced the launch of its Mobile Go Center at a ceremony on ―Encouraging October 10 at historic Trimble Tech High near our youth to downtown Fort Worth. The new MGC is the attend and fourth to begin service in Texas, and the third of graduate from those owned by the College for All Texans college is of Foundation and deployed by partner institutions. utmost importance to College for All Texans Foundation our community,‖ representative Don Brown, presented the said State Rep. MGC‘s keys to TCCD Trustee Robyn Medina Lon Burnam. Winnett along with the now-traditional large ―The Texas Legislature has helped facilitate this key from Texas State Technical College. The through the College for Texans Campaign, and large key symbolizes the contribution to the the Mobile Go Centers are key to fulfilling the College for Texans Campaign of TSTC Waco‘s objectives of that campaign.‖ transformation of the bare trailer into a ready-to- go Mobile Go Center. 5 Following this Mobile Go Center launch, TCC For more information: Dewy Brooks at the THECB will coordinate its schedule throughout the (512) 427-6289, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fidel Castillo at county in a variety of settings (festivals, Tarrant County College (817) 515- 5180, or via e-mail at sporting events, supermarket or mall parking email@example.com lots, and schools that do not have Go Centers) in an effort to reach parents and middle school and Return to top high school students who might not otherwise ____________________________ plan to attend college. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published the Texas A&M International hosts following editorial on Tarrant County College‘s College Readiness Summer new Mobile Go Center on October 26: Bridge Program On your mark ... Funded partly by a federal First Generation It's difficult to find a statistical variable more powerful College Student grant through the Coordinating than the correlation between higher education and Board, Texas A&M International University income potential: Go to college, make more money and have a better quality of life. hosted the College Readiness Summer Bridge Program for 263 incoming high school juniors The problem is that many students -- particularly low- in June 2006. Students were housed at Texas income students who often come from families whose A&M International‘s Residential Learning parents did not attend college -- sometimes have very little idea about where to find information about how to Community under the supervision of residential apply for college, what it costs, what qualifying tests are assistants who offered mentoring and tutoring to required or what kind of financial assistance is available. all participants. This is not a healthy situation. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board calculates that it will have Participants were students from Laredo to boost higher education enrollment by at least 630,000 students -- a 60 percent increase over enrollment in Independent School District and United 2000 -- over the next 20 years (plus substantially raise Independent School District entering grade 12, the annual number of graduates to more than 210,000) whose 10th grade TAKS scores were between just for the state to keep pace economically with the nation and the world. The problem comes in tandem with 2100 and 2199 in English/Language Arts and rising tuition costs. Math. The goal of the program was to increase student TAKS scores to reach the College The fix? Help one student at a time. Readiness Index (CRI) score of 2200. That's what was going on one recent morning outside Fort Worth's Trimble Tech High School as students waited Students were offered courses in the areas of to explore the 34-foot-long Mobile Go Center that Tarrant reading, writing, and mathematics in an effort to County College parked at the campus' 89-year-old doorstep. increase TAKS scores and to prepare students for the Texas Higher Education Assessment Inside, students found 10 laptop computers, satellite (THEA). At the end of the program, the THEA connections to the Internet, informational materials and pre-college counseling assistance. was administered to all participants. The 40 participants with the highest THEA scores were The Go Center will be visiting public school campuses, awarded concurrent enrollment scholarships by sporting events, festivals and mall parking lots all over North Texas. Texas A&M International University. The go-get-them strategy could pay enormous dividends Participants are being invited to meetings during in expanded college enrollment. Though TCC probably their junior and senior years to raise their level will pick up its fair share of students, the Go Center will provide information about institutions nationwide. of awareness about college, career, and work readiness, as well as financial aid and Think of it as "driving" access to higher education and a admissions requirements. more prosperous future for both students and the region. 6 The College Readiness Summer Bridge Their objective is to ensure that CIS-SA Program was free to all participants. Students students and parents know that college is were provided with free housing, meals, affordable, possible, and desirable. instruction in academics, school supplies, and on-campus amenities. Several of the VISTA members and many of the community volunteers are expected to come In addition to the First Generation College from the ranks of recent retirees and college Grant, the program was made possible by in- students in service learning programs at St. kind financial contributions from Texas A&M Mary‘s University, Our Lady of the Lake International University and the United University, the University of Texas at San Independent School District. Antonio, and St. Philip‘s College. A further report on the extent of success of the For more information contact Jennifer Tywater, VISTA pilot program will be provided in January, 2007. Leader, at (512) 427-6198 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, contact Belinda Perez-Hernandez at (512) 427-6209 or by e-mail at Return to top email@example.com Return to top _______________________________________ UTPA’s Mobile Go Center Sets the Pace: Reaches Over 6000 in Americorps*VISTA and Recent First Seven Months Retirees to Help Go Centers As reported in previous issues of the Gap Closing Gazette, UT-Pan American was the The Texas Higher Education Coordinating state‘s first institution to begin operating a Board is partnering with Americorps*VISTA Mobile Go Center, taking advantage of a well- (Volunteers in Service to America) and equipped trailer it already owned and a well- Communities in Schools - San Antonio, as well directed grant from TG. as with Texas Campus Compact and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, to explore a new From the MGC‘s initial visit on March 31 to the way to initiate and staff Go Centers. South Texas Career Fair in Kingsville (where 86 students and parents came aboard) through its New Go Centers are planned for early 2007 in appearance seven months later on October 30 in 10 elementary, middle, and high schools in the McAllen Independent School District, more which Communities in Schools is active in or than 6000 people were assisted. In a single near San Antonio. An AmeriCorps* VISTA week-long stay at Freer High School, the MGC member will be assigned to the CIS-SA Go served 455 students. Center in each of the targeted San Antonio schools to assist students who might not Over the same period, UT-Pan American otherwise aim for college by promoting college deployed its MGC to 110 sites: 27 community awareness and development in their schools and events, 26 single-day visits to schools, 51 week- the surrounding community. long visits, and 6 for training staff members. The AmeriCorps*VISTA members will be UTPA‘s report to TG summarized its MGC trained to conduct academic engagement experience as follows: ―Through all of these programs using high school and college students efforts, the interest in the community continues and community volunteers to help close gaps in to grow and new possibilities for partnerships higher education participation and success. keep developing. While our initial plan of 7 taking the unit out to schools for ‗Education: Go chosen. Selection of the five Star Award Get It!‘ weeks proved challenging, the greater recipients was based on the recommendations of need for such services in the community became a nine-member panel that included three apparent. Thus, we were forced to rethink our Coordinating Board members; three Texas delivery model and successfully incorporated business, education, and community leaders; one-day school and community events into the and three out-of-state educational MGC usage.‖ experts. More good news: TG has awarded an additional The 2006 Star Award winners are: grant to UT-Pan American to continue operating Austin Community College – College its Mobile Go Center. Connection Program. Through this partnership between Austin Community College For more information, contact Lisa Prieto at (956) 292- (ACC) and 15 school districts, with support 7562 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Felipe from private industry and foundations, high Salinas at (956) 381-2526 or by e-mail at email@example.com school seniors receive admission and enrollment Return to top services on their high school campuses. As a _______________________________________ result, virtually all of Central Texas‘ 6,400 high school seniors received an admissions acceptance letter to ACC with their high school Five Gap Closing Programs diplomas. ACC‘s enrollment from College Win Texas Higher Education Connection school districts increased nearly 38 Star Award Five exemplary higher education gap-closing programs received the Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at an award ceremony in Austin on November 6. ―The winners represent the state‘s most effective efforts for closing the education gaps that challenge our state,‖ said Commissioner of From left, ACC President Steve Kinslow, CB Chairman Higher Education Raymund A. Paredes. ―The Bob Shepard, ACC VP Mary Hensley, College Connection Director Luanne Preston, Commissioner of Higher Coordinating Board is proud to recognize the Education Raymund Paredes. people and the institutions that develop and implement these programs, as well as the percent on average from fall 2003 to fall 2005. organizations and others who support them.‖ The increase was nearly 100 percent for two school districts. In addition, the program is an The awards ceremony was part of the effective tool for encouraging students to go to Coordinating Board‘s 2006 Governing Boards other colleges and universities. Overall college- Conference for higher education regents going rates for participating high schools and trustees. The annual meeting allows the increased more than 9 percent during governing board members to focus on how to the same two-year period. continue and improve the state‘s efforts to For more information: Mary Hensley, (512) 223-7618. achieve the goals of the higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015 (See the plan at Stephen F. Austin State University – www.thecb.state.tx.us/ClosingtheGaps ). Academic Assistance and Resource Center. The Academic Assistance and Resource Center For this year‘s competition, the Board received (AARC) offers one-on-one peer tutoring, 52 applications, from which eight finalists were 8 student-led study groups, supplemental For more information,contact: instruction, and related services leading to Penny Matthes, (817) 515-3575 increased intellectual development and academic success among participating students. The University of Texas at El Paso – Chemistry Peer Leader Program. ―Two Plus Average grades for student participants were Two Workshops‖ are a key element of this nearly half a grade point higher than for other effort, which has increased student success in students, and college persistence rates for science, engineering, and math at UT-El Paso. participants improved as well. Students benefit Two hours of workshops – small-group, peer- from these services throughout their years in led, team-based activities – are substituted for college, and earn degrees at higher rates. For the one hour of a large-section lecture per week in a university‘s Class of 1999, the six-year first-semester general chemistry course. Since graduation rates for students who received the program was implemented in fall 2000, the services from the Center was 48 percent, ―C-or-better‖ passing rate has improved from compared to 35 percent for other students – who the historic average of nearly 53 percent to had higher SAT scores on average. nearly 74 percent. As a result, an additional 150 For more information, contact:Robin Redmon Wright, students are passing this ―gatekeeper‖ course (936) 468-1463. annually, allowing many more students to continue their education into science, Tarrant County College District – SureStart engineering, and math majors. Program. SureStart, a learning community for For more information, contact: James E. Becvar, (915) 747-7563. under-prepared, first-time in-college students, offers early intervention to students who are at YES College Preparatory Schools – YES risk of dropping out of college. Through the College Preparatory Schools. Admission to a program, students who need better reading skills four-year higher education institution is a high take a developmental education reading course. school graduation requirement at YES College Preparatory Schools, based in Houston. A comprehensive college counseling program is a key element, beginning in middle school with college campus visits, which total more than 20 by the time students are seniors. During their junior year, students take a SAT/ACT preparatory course. As seniors, students are enrolled in a ―college seminar‖ course, which allows them time to work on college applications, financial aid applications, and discuss related issues with college counselors. From left, CB Chair Bob Shepard, TCC representatives Lily Tercero, Penny Matthes, Jacquelyn Warmsley, Sharon Parents also participate in college-preparatory Wettengel, Charles DeSassure, and Commissioner seminars and workshops. First-generation-in- Raymund Paredes college students account for approximately 86 percent of YES graduates, who have been They take their first college classes together, accepted to 190 colleges and universities allowing them to bond and support each other. nationwide. Approximately 76 percent of YES As a result, SureStart students are more success- graduates persist in college, compared to ful in college. On average, they complete 29 approximately 50 percent of all students semester credit hours of courses annually, nationwide. compared to only 21 for a control group. In addition, on average, SureStart students have For more information, contact: Ryan Dolibois, (713) 574- earned a 2.19 grade point average, compared to 7595 1.78 for the control group. 9 In addition to these awards, the Coordinating ―Clearly, we need even greater increases to Board presented special Higher Education achieve state participation goals,‖ said Texas Leadership Star Awards to State Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Senator Florence Shapiro and State A. Paredes. He noted that Closing the Gaps by Representative Geanie Morrison for their work 2015, the state‘s higher education plan, calls for toward closing the gaps in Texas higher enrolling 1.6 million students by 2015. education. Senator Shapiro chairs the Senate Education Committee and Representative The fall 2006 enrollment figures are based on a Morrison chairs the House Higher preliminary count on the 12th class day by Education Committee. higher education institutions. Historically, these preliminary figures are approximately 6 percent For more information on the Texas Higher Education higher than the certified figures that are Star Award program, contact: Glenda Barron, Texas obtained later in the academic year. Higher Education Coordinating Board, (512) 427-6255 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Preliminary fall 2005 enrollment for each Texas Return to top higher education institution is available on the Coordinating Board‘s Web site at ____________________________ http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Board/PressRelease .cfm Fall 2006 Higher Education Enrollment Grows But at Lower For additional information, contact: Ray Grasshoff, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, (512) 427- Rate Than in Several Previous 6111, or email@example.com Years Return to top _______________________________________ Enrollment in Texas higher education increased by 27,209 students, or 2.3 percent, to 1,211,582 Mobile Go Center Photo Gallery students this fall, according to preliminary data reported by colleges and universities to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Although this increase is more than twice the enrollment growth reported in fall 2005, it trails the record increases reported each year from 2001 through 2004. Eighty percent of the total growth took place at the state‘s two-year colleges, which had 19,785 more students this fall than last fall, according Houston Community College to the preliminary data. 10 AMD-sponsored MGC for Austin Community College while at TSTC Waco Houston Community College Tarrant County College Austin Community College Return to top 11 THE COLLEGE FOR ALL BOARD OF TRUSTEES TEXANS FOUNDATION COLLEGE FOR ALL and TEXANS COLLEGE FOR TEXANS FOUNDATION: CLOSING THE GAPS The College for All Texans Foundation: Closing the Gaps is a nonprofit corporation established in 2001 as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board‘s official John T. Montford, San Antonio, nonprofit partner. The Foundation is Chairman governed by a board of trustees, a majority Cathy Obriotti Green, San Antonio, of whom are appointed by the chairman of President the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Ronald K. Calgaard, San Antonio, Board. The Foundation is exempt from Vice President federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) Milton G. Wright, Lago Vista, of the Internal Revenue Code. Treasurer Lorraine Perryman, Odessa, The Foundation‘s mission is to generate Secretary the resources necessary to ensure the A.W. ―Whit‖ Riter, III, Tyler success of the College for Texans Paul W. Hobby, Houston Campaign, led by the Texas Higher Janie Strauss McGarr, Dallas Raymund Paredes, Austin, Ex Officio Education Coordinating Board. John F. Moss, Pecan Gap Robert W. Shepard, Harlingen College for Texans is the ―statewide Pamela P. Willeford, Austin awareness and motivational campaign‖ that the Coordinating Board was directed to Raymund Paredes, Austin, Ex Officio establish by the 77th Legislature under (Commissioner of Higher Education) Sections 61.951-61.954 of the Texas Education Code. Its mission is to build a ------------------------ college-going culture throughout Texas, and its objective is to enroll an additional Don W. Brown, Austin, 430,000 academically prepared people— Executive Director beyond the 200,000 enrollment growth 512 427-6108 projected on the basis of trends—into firstname.lastname@example.org Texas higher education by 2015. The Campaign is a central part of the state‘s www.collegeforalltexansfoundation.com higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015. Return to top
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