Texas State University and the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) have announced a partnership agreement designed to increase college completion rates for underserved KIPP students nationwide.
In partnering with KIPP, Texas State hopes to recruit and enroll10 qualified KIPP alumni in the 2012-13 academic year and 15 each year thereafter. Texas State will provide strong support for KIPP alumni who enter the university.
"Texas State is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for all Texans," said Texas State President Denise Trauth. "This cooperative agreement with KIPP will help us strengthen our efforts to support lower-income students. It is important that access to higher education remain an attainable goal for every student who desires it."
Texas State will also work to attract transfer students, aiming to recruit five for this school year and 10 the following year. As a part of the agreement, Texas State students can use their work-study dollars to mentor KIPP alumni attending the university or tutor at KIPP schools. KIPP schools will also serve as observation sites for Texas State students in teacher preparation programs as well as student teaching placement and full-time teaching opportunities.
KIPP is a national network of 125 open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools, serving more than 39,000 students in 20 states and Washington, D.C. Texas is home to four KIPP regions: KIPP Austin, KIPP Dallas, KIPP Houston and KIPP San Antonio.
According to 2010 U.S. Census data, 31 percent of all Americans aged 25-29 have earned a college degree. For students in the bottom economic quartile, only 11 percent complete college by their mid-20s. As of 2011, 36 percent of KIPP students had completed a four-year college after finishing eighth grade at a KIPP middle school 10 or more years ago. KIPP’s four-year college completion rate is above the national average for all students and more than three times the rate for students from low-income families nationwide. KIPP's goal is to reach a college completion rate that is comparable to that of the nation’s highest-income students.
“It’s exciting to see all four KIPP regions in the Lone Star state come together for this amazing partnership,” said Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP. “We are very happy to be partnering with Texas State University as it allows our hard-working KIPPsters to get a great state education right here in Texas.”