October 2017 | Texas Southern University (TSU) and the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) have joined the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) alliance, bringing the number of Houston-area institutions participating in the program to nine.
Houston GPS is a collaborative partnership of area colleges and universities established in 2015 at the University of Houston to improve completion rates. These institutions are working together to increase and accelerate student completion and to expedite transferring from two-year to four-year colleges while improving overall educational quality for Houston-area students through an integrated system of cohesive, interdependent strategies.
“Adding TSU and UHV as the newest members of Houston GPS expands the alliance and increases its effectiveness,” said Paula Myrick Short, University of Houston System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and University of Houston senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Through this alliance, Houston GPS can significantly improve college completion rates in the region and positively impact the Houston economy and its industries for years to come.”
The city of Houston is growing rapidly, but lags behind the national average in postsecondary attainment, likely threatening the economic growth of the region. Through Houston GPS, two- and four-year institutions are partnering to facilitate seamless transfer and increase timely completion, which saves students time and money.
By collaborating, these institutions have the ability to assist more than a quarter-million students in the Houston metropolitan area. This helps close achievement gaps, increases upward mobility, and enriches the local economy.
Members of the Houston GPS alliance now include:
- University of Houston
- University of Houston-Clear Lake
- University of Houston-Downtown
- University of Houston-Victoria
- Texas Southern University
- Houston Community College System
- Lone Star College System
- San Jacinto College District
- Wharton County Junior College