Texas adults get help to finish college

Texas will offer personalized counseling and degree planning to help adults with college credits complete their degrees, reports the Houston Chronicle. The Grad TX initiative is part of Gen TX, a campaign aimed at building a college-going culture in Texas.

“Once you are out of the (university) system, it is difficult to get back in,” said Dominic Chavez, a spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “We are not just reopening the door, we are rolling out the red carpet.”

More than 3 million Texans over 25 have some college credit but no degree.

. . .  in the last five years alone, 68,000 students who had racked up 45 hours or more at a Texas public university stopped without earning a degree. More than half of those had earned 100 hours or more, 20 hours shy of a typical bachelor’s degree.

“There are a whole lot of reasons why this population stopped out. Some of them we can’t overcome,” said Van Davis, special projects director at the board. “The sad thing is that some think it is out of reach and don’t even consider the possibility.”

Many of the Grad TX programs and courses are offered online or at night to accommodate working adults.



POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON August 4, 2011

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