OnRamps is dedicated to preparing students and teachers for success in an evolving educational landscape—meeting their needs and the needs of partnering school districts, colleges, and universities where they are at.
OnRamps is a signature initiative of The University of Texas at Austin established in 2011, with support from the Texas Legislature, to provide advanced academic opportunities to high school students and robust professional development to teachers across the state.
Since our inaugural academic year of 2012-2013, OnRamps has been offering dual enrollment and distance education to high school students to engage in authentic college experiences and earn college credit while in the familiarity of the high school setting.
Why dual enrollment? Research revealed that students who have completed two or more dual enrollment courses doubled their chances of earning a bachelor’s degree (Jobs for the Future, 2012). User research also indicated that a primary barrier to offering additional dual credit courses at high school campuses was a lack of credentialed teachers (Bridgespan Group, 2014). We continue to see a call for increasing access to high-quality dual enrollment opportunities that meet college and career standards for success (The University of Texas System, 2018).
HOW WE HAVE GROWN
OnRamps adapted its design to become more aligned with emerging needs of students and educators. OnRamps grew its course offerings from a single Computer Science course to include Precalculus and English. Additionally, OnRamps developed its training for high school teachers to become a robust yearlong professional learning and development experience, offered in-person and virtually, that supports meaningful outcomes for teachers to deepen their understanding of course content and advance instructional approaches to student learning.
Through and through, we support students’ and educators’ pedagogical, social and emotional progress with challenging curriculum and help build the necessary growth mindset and capacity for long-term success.
In the last four years, we have built partnerships across higher education institutions to replicate our model, facilitate a community committed to dual credit innovation, and conduct research around STEM classroom that increase teacher retention and student’s academic outcomes in postsecondary education.
With a research-based agenda widening our scope, our aspirations for serving the state of Texas have expanded to include the emerging needs of students and educators across the nation. Together, we can reduce barriers to access and opportunity, increase student engagement and postsecondary readiness, and improve teacher retention.
To increase the number and diversity of students who engage in learning experiences aligned with the expectations of leading research universities.
Enrollment | email@example.com
From processing student course enrollments to filing student eligibility requirements, the Enrollment Management team is a one-stop shop for students to receive support for the course crediting process.
Instructional Innovation | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Instructional Innovation team is comprised of the brilliant minds that ensure OnRamps courses meet the rigorous standards of higher education institutions while also adapting to meet any modality needs or course implementation progress.
Partnerships | email@example.com
The Partnerships Team provides yearlong, real-time support and direct service to current school district partners across the 20 regions of Texas. Additionally, they work with new and emerging partners interested in joining the OnRamps community-at-large whether to bring our Distance Learning Catalog, courses or other offerings to their high school or higher education campuses.
Professional Learning and Development | OnRampsPLD@austin.utexas.edu
Apart from coordinating the yearlong Professional Learning Institutes, the Professional Learning and Development team works hard to ensure OnRamps Instructors are constantly receiving the support, tools, and CPE credits needed to ensure they continue growing in their courses and their practice.
Technology | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Technology team is dedicated to serving the technical support needs of students and teachers across the state. These include servicing any issues regarding the online delivery of OnRamps courses, the Canvas LMS, the OnRamps Student Information System (OSIS), LTI tools, UT EID login issues, and general troubleshooting.