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Education Pipeline

The growing number of children from underrepresented groups who are entering the Texas educational pipeline deserve both the opportunity to enroll in college and the chance to thrive there. To this end, DDCE is committed to increasing the success of students throughout the pre-K—graduate/professional school pipeline. DDCE’s pre-college initiatives reach communities statewide to foster a culture of academic success for students from first-generation or low-income families or who attend high schools that are underrepresented in higher education.

Some initiatives offer incentives and support for academic success, while others provide dual high school and college credit, tutoring, mentoring and interactive conversations with families about what it takes for students to be ready for college. Once these students are enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin, DDCE programs offer the academic support, mentoring and tutoring they need to succeed at a tier-one university, obtain research experience, and gain exposure to graduate school. Together these aligned initiatives provide a continuous pathway for students to achieve their highest postsecondary goals.

Math Masters studentsChemBridge is a collaborative program among participating Texas high schools, the College of Natural Sciences and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. It allows high school students to earn six hours of college chemistry credit upon satisfactory completion of the course, while earning concurrent high school credit for an advanced science class.

Gateway Scholars supports participating students to succeed in college and to prepare them for their future after graduation from the University of Texas at Austin.

Intellectual Entrepreneurship focuses on creating cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations that help students take charge of their education.

Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence provides programs and services that help students become engaged members of the university community, exemplifying academic and personal excellence from their first semester at UT to graduation. It includes several different support programs including the federally funded TRiO programs.

Math Masters is a collaborative partnership between the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and participating high schools that helps increase student success in math and prepare students for an advanced mathematics curriculum.

Neighborhood Longhorns Program, a partnership between Texas Athletics and DDCE, is an educational incentive program that works in 30 Title I elementary and middle schools in Austin. NLP helps improve overall academic performance, increase retention and provides scholarships.

Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) includes a demonstration project that is fostering an engaged support network for Latino males in the Austin community and a research component that focuses on the experiences of Latino males in higher education.

Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success (SPURS) is a dual credit program that helps improve writing skills among students who attend participating high schools. The program includes mentoring for students and teacher professional development.

TRIO Programs at The University of Texas at Austin include the McNair Scholars Program and Longhorn Link, the Student Services program. Both programs are housed in DDCE’s Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence.

utes-gjvThe University of Texas Elementary School is a public charter school that serves 300 students from East Austin. The school serves as a model demonstration school for best practices in urban education.

UT Outreach Austin is one of five outreach centers that help prepare underserved high school students for college and offer parent workshops as well as academic and college application workshops for students.

UT Outreach Dallas is one of five outreach centers that help prepare underserved high school students for college and offer parent workshops as well as academic and college application workshops for students. UT Outreach Dallas offers the Longhorn Pre-College Academy program to six urban high schools in the Dallas area.

UT Outreach Houston is one of five outreach centers that help prepare underserved high school students for college and offer parent workshops as well as academic and college application workshops for students.

UT Outreach Rio Grande Valley is one of five outreach centers that help prepare underserved high school students for college and offer parent workshops as well as academic and college application workshops for students.

UT Outreach San Antonio is one of five outreach centers that help prepare underserved high school students for college and offer parent workshops as well as academic and college application workshops for students.