Texas College Bridge is an initiative underwritten by the Texas Education Agency’s Home Learning Program, supported by The Commit Partnership, and powered by The NROC Project’s adaptive EdReady learning platform. The statewide initiative was launched as a response to a growing college readiness problem further aggravated by COVID-19.
A limited May 2020 launch targeted high school graduates at risk of not matriculating to college. Within an accelerated summer program, participating learners completed competency-based math and English study paths aligned to established college-ready benchmarks. These study paths were customized and vetted by secondary and postsecondary education leaders. Bridge completers were permitted to enroll in gateway math and / or English courses at a participating institution of higher education without having to provide an SAT / ACT / or TSIA score.
Partners discuss the evolution of this growing college-readiness effort, and consider how secondary and postsecondary education leaders can use this work as a model for impactful programming, tailored to local populations and needs.
Director, Texas College Bridge, The Commit Partnership (TX)
Timi has 25+ years of experience in public education, both at the K-12 and higher ed levels. Her passion for helping students led her to The Commit Partnership. She came on board in 2020 to lead the Texas College Bridge college preparatory program shortly after its inception. Texas College Bridge offers an avenue through EdReady, powered by NROC, for students to prepare for college earning an exemption from college entrance exams, allowing them to enroll directly into entry-level college courses. Her hope is for every student to have the opportunity to learn, grow and live successful lives.