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TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative

Increasing the long-term value of dual credit for students and institutions

The University of Texas at Austin’s OnRamps Program has launched an initiative to bring together leading educational innovators and faculty from universities, community colleges, and school districts from various regions of the state. The inaugural Collaborative Partners are Austin Community College, El Paso Community College, Houston Community College, and The University of Texas at Austin.

The purpose of the new TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative (DCIC) is to develop a centralized, facilitated network charged with creating, testing, and refining a model for infusing rigor, quality, and instructional excellence, as well as igniting innovation, in dual credit courses in the state of Texas.

Coordinated by TEXAS OnRamps at UT Austin, the DCIC will lead the development of a three-part Dual Credit Innovation Model over the course of a year.

DCIC — the nexus for strategic innovation in Texas dual credit courses. The principal strategy for the DCIC is to increase the long-term value of dual credit for Texas students and institutions. The Collaborative builds and endorses best-in-class models for scaling fidelity, quality, rigor, and instructional excellence.

Dual Credit Innovation Model

1) A Dual Credit Innovation Framework that defines standards and metrics for quality, rigor, instructional excellence, and innovation in Texas dual credit courses and aligns with SACS and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. This phase of work may include an Endorsement Infrastructure developed and overseen by the collaborative.

2) Dual Credit Innovation Fellows. Pods of embedded community college, university, and/or school district educators will receive instructional excellence fellowships and stipends from the OnRamps program. Fellows will be trained in the Framework through intensive professional development experiences designed by the TEXAS OnRamps DCIC; and

3) Dual Credit Innovation Strategic Plan for scaling the Framework, Endorsement Infrastructure and Fellowship program to ensure instructional exellence and rigorous, high-quality, innovative college courses (including OnRamps and Dual Credit offerings) are available to a wide diversity of Texas students. The new Dual Credit Innovation Model will be delivered through 2-3 member Projects Teams representing each participating institution. Project Teams and Fellows will be selected by their institutions while also receiving formal appointments from The University of Texas at Austin for the duration of their participation in the DCIC.

Collective Impact

Partnering institutions will join a robust network addressing statewide concerns about dual credit rigor and quality.

The TEXAS OnRamps DCIC

  • yields great insights for diffusing dual credit innovation and fidelity in Texas
  • is a hub for instructional excellence and best-in-class professional learning for dual credit educators
  • connects leading dual credit innovators, promoting the exchange of cutting-edge ideas across the state
  • creates and endorses institutional systems for Texas dual credit fidelity, monitoring, accountability
  • provides scalable models for increasing the long-term value of dual credit for Texas students

    Partnering Institutions

    To learn more or to participate in the DCIC, please contact Julie Schell, Director of TEXAS OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives at julie.schell@austin.utexas.edu

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