San Jacinto College joins Texas Association of Community Colleges to help increase student success

11.05.2013 | By Amanda L. Booren

San Jacinto College joins Texas Association of Community Colleges to help increase student success

Amanda L. Booren -- November 6, 2013

 

PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College has joined forces with the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and the 50 community colleges from around the state to form the Texas Success Center (TSC) to support the state’s community college success agenda.

The creation of the TSC is through support from the state’s 50 community colleges, the Kresge foundation, Houston Endowment, Greater Texas Foundation, Meadows Foundation, and TEXASgenuine. The primary focus of the TSC is to support the state’s community college success agenda that includes alignment and acceleration of proven strategies, as well as targeted and coordinated advocacy across the state’s community colleges.

“Community colleges continue to serve as an increasingly important sector in public higher education. They provide quality, low cost workforce training, as well as transfer pathways to four-year institutions. I look forward to working with the Texas Success Center to ensure our community colleges continue to play a pivotal role in Texas’ higher education system,” said Senator Kel Seliger, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

The Texas Success Center mission is segmented into three broad categories of activity:

  • Alignment of different innovation and student success initiatives into a more coherent and comprehensive approach, including development of data infrastructure and key measures of success.
  • Acceleration of learning across colleges so that adoption of proven or evidence-based initiatives can be accelerated and information costs reduced.
  • Advocacy for policies that support the student success agenda, in the legislature, and in relevant state agencies.

“Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education in Texas,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “It is critical that we establish a statewide mechanism to ensure that our students are leaving our colleges successful – whether that is with a credential to enter the growing and demanding workforce, or with an associate degree to transfer to a four-year university. San Jacinto College is proud to be a contributing partner to the Texas Success Center initiative.”

Texas joins Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey in creating a success center to increase coordination and collaboration across community colleges, develop common data definitions, and create shared professional development venues.

The TSC will host the first Texas DREAM Institute in Fall 2014. The TSC will invite colleges to send teams to learn about promising practices and develop strategies to implement or scale practices upon returning to their campuses. Texas will be only the second state in the country to host a regional DREAM Institute, modeled after the highly successful national DREAM Institute hosted by Achieving the Dream.

 

About TACC
The Texas Association of Community Colleges is a non-profit association that includes all 50 public community college districts in the state. TACC was formally created in 1947 to serve as a voice for all member colleges.

 

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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