Harnessing Course Sharing to Support Guided Pathways at Scale
Thanks to the generous support of the Greater Texas Foundation, DigiTex will expand our course sharing collaboration with Acadeum to increase access to STEM and shorter-term courses for students at rural and remote Texas community colleges in order to improve persistence and on-time completion through guided pathways. DigiTex has been awarded a $645,405 grant from the Greater Texas Foundation to implement a new, ground-breaking project, Harnessing Course Sharing to Support Texas Pathways at Scale.
On-time credential completion rates continue to be a significant problem for community colleges. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics in 2020 show that only 13% of community college students graduate in two years. In Texas, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reported in 2020 that the average time to complete an associate degree was 3.9 years; meanwhile three-year graduation rates for full-time students were 24.9%, and for part time, 13.1%. Guided pathways have proven to be one effective solution to this problem and research shows that the practices used in guided pathways programs can lead to better outcomes for students. However, many colleges lack access to courses needed to create and consistently fulfill in-demand pathways and support on-time completion.
This project will address two primary goals:
- increase the number of high-quality, online STEM and in-demand shorter-term courses that are a part of the existing course sharing initiative.
- assist participating colleges in implementing course sharing strategies to ensure learners can access and complete guided pathways.
Additionally, Harnessing Course Sharing to Support Texas Pathways at Scale will contribute to Greater Texas Foundation’s goal of transfer, transition, and advising as well as the goals of the state’s higher education plan, 60x30TX.
Three institutions serve the project as Teaching Institutions (TIs): Western Texas College, Austin Community College, and South Plains College. Another nine institutions operate as Home Institutions (HIs): Weatherford College, Vernon College, Cisco College, Ranger College, South Plains College, Paris Junior College, Angelina College, Frank Phillips College, and Howard College.
In the summer and fall 2022 terms, the TIs will begin offering such courses as
- CHEM 1311: General Chemistry I/CHEM 1111: General Chemistry I Lab
- CHEM 1312: General Chemistry II/CHEM 1112: General Chemistry II Lab
- PHYS 1301: General Physics I/PHYS 1101: General Physics I Lab
- PHYS 1302: General Physics II/PHYS 1102: General Physics II Lab
- MATH 2413: Calculus I
- MATH 2414: Calculus II
- MATH 2415: Calculus III
- SPAN 2312: Intermediate Spanish II
We also have submitted our first interim report for the grant to the foundation, an important milestone on the two-year journey to project completion. We are so grateful to Greater Texas Foundation for its support. Check back here for more information as the project progresses, and feel free to contact us for more information.
About Greater Texas Foundation
Greater Texas Foundation supports initiatives that increase rates of postsecondary enrollment and completion for all Texas students, with a particular focus on students who may encounter barriers to postsecondary success. Greater Texas Foundation is a private foundation headquartered in Bryan, Texas. Since inception, Greater Texas Foundation has approved more than $104 million in grants to support Texas students. For more information, visit www.greatertexasfoundation.org.