HOW WE PARTNER
Systemic change starts with real people and real collaborations.
OnRamps partners across K12, higher education, and philanthropic sectors to meet the pressing academic needs of students and educators across the state of Texas and beyond. By working together, we will bolster postsecondary attainment, persistence and completion outcomes.
Partnering school districts receive support throughout the implementation of OnRamps courses and accompanying professional learning and development for OnRamps Instructors. Additionally, they can benefit from our new professional development offerings, including the Distance Learning Catalog, OnRamps Academies, or further customized professional development.
Our district partnerships across Texas have served the advanced academic needs of over 105,000 students for nearly ten years. Together, with our district partners, we strive to:
- Leverage a facilitated network of teachers, faculty, institutional leaders, and districts and campus staff to have a greater impact on student success
- Strengthen instructional and organizational capacity to increase recruitment, enrollment, retention and completion outcomes
- Advance equity and accountability goals while promoting a college-going culture
As an OnRamps partner, you will have direct access to a dedicated OnRamps team serving the 20 regions of Texas. This six-member team provides you with an OnRamps suite of supports and resources for recruitment, implementation, and retention, including:
- Presentations (available in English and Spanish) for Advanced Academic, Informational, and Parent Nights
- Informational materials, including OnRamps-branded brochures, one-pagers, and course flyers for recruitment purposes
- Virtual convenings and ongoing check-ins to address implementation process, key deadlines, or general concerns
- Professional development for campus and district administrations via OnRamps Summit and Consortia
HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
Our partnerships with higher education institutions include initiatives based on replication, research, and industry-needs of students, schools, and educators—all in service to increase the number and diversity of students who are successful in pursuing a postsecondary education.
OnRamps’ current partnerships—outlined below—demonstrate our ability to tailor our services and leverage our facilitated network to address your goals.
Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative
OnRamps leads a collaborative of Texas community colleges and universities to define standards and metrics for quality, rigor, instructional excellence, and innovation in dual credit. Current partners include 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. Discover how these higher education institutions have come together to advance dual credit in Texas.
Houston Community College
OnRamps and Houston Community College (HCC) established the OnRamps Faculty Innovation Hub for STEM-centered teaching and learning to increase students’ persistence and readiness for STEM education and careers, and to support faculty in the mathematics college classroom. See how OnRamps built a customized professional development opportunity for HCC.
The Texas Mindset Initiative
The Texas Mindset Initiative (TxMI) is a research-practice partnership between OnRamps and the Texas Behavioral Science and Policy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin to identify and implement strategies that transform learning and instruction in the STEM classroom. Learn how OnRamps Instructors play an integral role in this initiative to co-develop classroom mindset interventions.
Tarleton State University
In 2021, OnRamps has partnered with Tarleton State University (TSU) to deliver our course model and professional learning and development to the North Central Texas area. TSU OnRamps will begin offering two courses beginning fall 2021.
Texas Tech University
Since 2016, OnRamps has partnered with Texas Tech University (TTU) to deliver high-quality dual-enrollment courses and professional learning and development to the Panhandle. TTU OnRamps currently offers six courses. View Texas Tech’s replication of OnRamps.