The growing number of children from underrepresented groups who are entering the Texas educational pipeline deserve both the opportunity to enroll in college and the chance to thrive there. To this end, DDCE is committed to increasing the success of students throughout the pre-K—graduate/professional school pipeline. DDCE’s pre-college initiatives reach communities statewide to foster a culture of academic success for students from first-generation or low-income families or who attend high schools that are underrepresented in higher education.
Some initiatives offer incentives and support for academic success, while others provide dual high school and college credit, tutoring, mentoring and interactive conversations with families about what it takes for students to be ready for college. Once these students are enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin, DDCE programs offer the academic support, mentoring and tutoring they need to succeed at a tier-one university, obtain research experience, and gain exposure to graduate school. Together these aligned initiatives provide a continuous pathway for students to achieve their highest postsecondary goals.
The UT African American Male Research Initiative (AAMRI) is a faculty-led academic initiative rooted in evidence-based practices to promote academic excellence among African American males. AAMRI includes a research focus, too, that informs public policy experts, practitioners, and concerned citizens on how best to create and maintain a culture of Black male excellence in K-16 settings.
ChemBridge is a collaborative program among participating Texas high schools, the College of Natural Sciences and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. It allows high school students to earn six hours of college chemistry credit upon satisfactory completion of the course, while earning concurrent high school credit for an advanced science class.
Gateway Scholars supports participating students to succeed in college and to prepare them for their future after graduation from The University of Texas at Austin.
Intellectual Entrepreneurship is both a philosophy and a pragmatic program that empowers students of diverse backgrounds to take ownership of their education and cultivate an experience that honors their interests, strengths and aspirations.
Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence provides programs and services that help students become engaged members of the university community, exemplifying academic and personal excellence from their first semester at UT to graduation. It includes several different support programs including the federally funded TRiO programs.
Math Masters is a collaborative partnership between the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and participating high schools that helps increase student success in math and prepare students for an advanced mathematics curriculum.
Neighborhood Longhorns Program, a partnership between Texas Athletics and DDCE, is an educational incentive program that works in 30 Title I elementary and middle schools in Austin. NLP helps improve overall academic performance, increase retention and provides scholarships.
Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) includes a demonstration project that is fostering an engaged support network for Latino males in the Austin community and a research component that focuses on the experiences of Latino males in higher education.
Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success (SPURS) is a dual credit program that helps improve writing skills among students who attend participating high schools. The program includes mentoring for students and teacher professional development.
The University of Texas Elementary School is a public charter school that serves over 300 students from East Austin. The school serves as a model demonstration school for best practices in urban education.
The UT-University Charter School district serves special-needs K-12 students in unique settings, such as foster homes, domestic abuse shelters, psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers. Comprised of 22 campuses in Central Texas and the greater Houston region, UT-University Charter School is the district of choice for students who are unable, for a period of time, to benefit from a traditional school setting.
UT Outreach helps prepare underserved high school students for college and offers parent workshops as well as academic and college application workshops for students. UT Outreach has centers in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio.