THECB Contact: Linda Munoz, Linda.Munoz@thecb.state.tx.us
IPAES project aims to determine if short-term and accelerated academic instruction and support can positively affect transition to college, college persistence, and success for students who are underrepresented in college and at-risk of dropping out of college. IPAES provides academically at-risk students opportunities to gain skills associated with college persistence and success in first and second-year college courses. Of the 81 students who THECB was able to track into higher education after completing the first pilot program in summer 2009, 53 percent entered college in fall 2009. Of these 43 students, 100 percent successfully completed their first college-level mathematics course in fall 2009, compared to 79 percent of a matched comparison group. Moreover, 95 percent of these students successfully completed their first college-level reading course in fall 2009, compared to 68 percent of a matched comparison group; and 95 percent successfully completed their first college-level writing course, compared to 70 percent of a matched comparison group. Follow up data on future cohorts who completed an intensive program in 2010-2013 are forthcoming.