TIME: For Immediate Release
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SUBJECT: ACC Joins GPS Program
ACC Joins GPS Program
In order to ensure they are providing students with a quality education, community colleges must align their programs so they transfer to other colleges and universities.
Alvin Community College recently joined the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) consortium, a regional collaboration of colleges and universities established in 2015 to increase college completion rates and streamline student transfer between two- and four-year institutions.
“The partnership with Houston GPS has the potential to be the community college – university transfer blueprint for the state, making this region the gold standard for transfer partnerships,” ACC President Christal M. Albrecht said.
By making ACC courses and programs more transferable, it will facilitate the college’s efforts to meet the goal set by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to help 60 percent of 25 to 34 year old Texans to hold a certificate or degree by 2030 (60x30).
“In addition, this partnership will help ensure that our region meets its 60x30 target goals,” Albrecht said. “This partnership will provide the foundational work that ACC has accomplished in terms of transferability of courses and assure students that ACC course work will always transfer. It’s a partnership that helps to build trust between the institutions and the students.”
The overall goal of the GPS program is to help increase student completion rates throughout the Houston area.
“Our focus is really on the students and saving them time and money for their education,” said Pam Shefman, ACC executive director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research. “It opens up opportunities across the region.”
ACC will work with other local colleges and universities to establish clear pathways from programs and courses at ACC to other institutions.
“We are working on the alignment of our programs between institutions to ensure consistency with our programs across the region,” Shefman said. “The program will help students map a degree program from ACC to a university.”
Participation with GPS will require the college to more closely track the data for student completion, persistence, and hours accumulated.
“We are extremely proud to have become a part of Houston GPS and look forward to the positive impact that this partnership will have on our students’ success as they pursue their career goals,” said Dr. Cynthia Griffith, vice president of Instruction.
The Houston GPS consortium now includes thirteen institutions encompassing more than 300,000 students including: ACC, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College System, San Jacinto College District, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria College, and Wharton County Junior College.