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Texas Student Success Council

The Texas Student Success Council is a crucial part of an ongoing effort to increase postsecondary completion rates, particularly in community colleges around the state. The Council is comprised of state and field stakeholders representing education (K-16), business and labor, as well as non-profits and philanthropic groups from across the state. Convened by Educate Texas and chaired by Dr. Richard Rhodes (President of Austin Community College), the Council serves to cultivate a receptive environment for reform and create momentum for scale.

To enhance collaboration among these sectors, the Texas Student Success Council was created in early 2012 to help identify and mitigate policy and funding challenges that are barriers to student success. Over the last two years, the Council has built consensus and adopted recommendations that have informed policy around issues, such as outcomes-based funding, transfer and articulation and competencybased learning. Through working closely and collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders, the Council has contributed to the dialogue surrounding these critical issues for Texas students and institutions and is positively impacting student success.

Objectives

Part of the Council’s charge is to help identify and mitigate policy and funding challenges that are barriers to student success. The Council’s three policy focus areas are:

  • Transfer and Articulation;
  • Outcomes-Based Funding; and
  • Additional policy barriers identified by colleges as a hindrance to student success.

For more information on the Texas Student Success Council:
  Link to Student Success Council on Educate Texas website
  Overview of the Council (PDF)