The 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, San Jacinto College, Tarrant County College, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas at Austin.
The purpose of the new 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 in the state of Texas.
Coordinated by OnRamps at UT Austin, the DCIC will lead the development of a three-part Dual Credit Innovation Model over the course of two years.
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
- Framework: The DCIC framework defines standards and metrics for quality, rigor, instructional excellence, and innovation in Texas dual credit and aligns with SACSCOC and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. This phase of work may include an endorsement infrastructure developed and overseen by the collaborative.
- Fellows: 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 DCIC.
- Network: A collaboration among member institutions and key stakeholders are working to solve dual-credit innovation challenges across the state. The network will develop a strategic plan to scale the framework, endorsement infrastructure, and fellowship program and ensure that instructional excellence and rigorous, high-quality, innovative college courses are available to a wide diversity of Texas students.
The DCIC has selected six dual credit innovation challenges to address through voluntary standards to improve the long-term value of Texas dual credit:
- Advising, Applicability, Pathways, and Transferability
- Professional Learning
- Metrics and Research
- Rigor and Quality
- Rapid Growth of Dual Credit
- Access and Equity
Partnering institutions join a robust network to address statewide concerns about dual-credit rigor and quality.
To learn more, or to become a member, please contact Jennifer Saenz, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Outreach.