To improve college readiness and student success statewide, UT Austin is collaborating with Texas Tech University to expand the dual enrollment initiative TEXAS OnRamps.
OnRamps helps deliver college-level coursework to high school campuses, with support from university faculty and academic departments. UT Austin created the program in 2011; now Texas Tech will replicate and expand OnRamps, starting in fall 2016.
OnRamps courses are delivered through partnerships between universities and school districts. The high school teachers who facilitate the courses participate in yearlong professional learning activities. Faculty members at each university are responsible for grading students’ college coursework and for the provision of the college credit.
In 2015-2016, OnRamps served more than 3,300 students and 100 teachers in over 30 districts and 66 high schools with five courses. The initiative hopes to engage more than 6,000 students in seven courses during the 2016-17 academic year.