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OnRamps Statewide Impact by the Numbers
With its innovative dual enrollment program, OnRamps has reached over 13,000 student enrollments since 2012, with over 6,500 in our 2016-2017 cohort; over 5,000 current enrollments are in our STEM courses: Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics,Physics, and Statistics. OnRamps courses create a college going culture for thousands of students in various rural, urban, and suburban regions of the state.
By May 2017, OnRamps students will have earned a combined 15,000 semester credit hours from UT Austin or Texas Tech University in Texas Core Curriculum (TCC) courses. The OnRamps course catalog includes 30 TCC semester credit hours, with more in development including US History and College Algebra.
OnRamps offers 10 high quality courses designed and overseen by UT-Austin departments, faculty experts, and academic staff. To ensure quality delivery of every course, OnRamps uses a four-pillar model that emphasizes college-aligned content knowledge, innovative pedagogy, technology-enhanced education, and teacher excellence.
Through deep partnerships with over 106 high school campuses in 55 Independent School Districts, OnRamps serves a broad diversity of Texans. Our partners include Donna, Grand Prairie, Houston, Richardson, and Round Rock ISD and many more . Serving the panhandle, Texas Tech University became the first OnRamps replication site in 2015.
21st CENTURY SKILLS
100 percent of OnRamps students receive an educational experience aligned with the academic and social expectations of leading colleges and research universities. In addition to content knowledge, students develop the key cognitive skills required for postsecondary and workforce success, such as independent learning, problem solving, and reasoning ability.
As of 2016, OnRamps offers its dual enrollment courses to Texas students and their families at no cost. All OnRamps courses have zero course fees and always feature free instructional materials and textbooks for students. OnRamps uses best-in-class learning technology and Open Educational Resources to ensure students have the highest quality learning experiences.
TIME TO DEGREE
OnRamps contributes to statewide initiatives to improve college completion rates. Of the 1.5 million high school students in Texas, less than 16% complete a degree or certificate within 150% of degree time. By offering early opportunities complete high quality, no-cost, college credit that counts, OnRamps helps students decrease time to degree, lower loan debt, and prepare for faster entry to the workforce.
STATEWIDE COST SAVINGS
By 2018-2019, OnRamps is projected to generate a combined $9 million in college-tuition savings annually for Texans. The program has already generated a projected college cost-savings of $2,000,000 since 2012.
OnRamps has provided a combined 20,000 hours of intensive, professional learning, training, and support to more than 250 Texas secondary school teachers. Using a proven coaching model and sharing thousands of state-of-the art instructional materials, our professional learning approach transforms educational practice. Each new OnRamps teacher receives 80+hours of training in a single year.
To drive educational innovation at scale, OnRamps supports a robust network of over 250 faculty, staff, administrators, and researchers. Its newest initiative, the TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative works to improve the capacity of 2-year institutions, universities, and public schools to deliver first-rate, transferable dual credit courses.