The Texas State University System and Harmony Public Schools have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish and expand collaborative efforts to support HPS graduates as they apply for, progress to, and graduate from a TSUS member institution.
TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall and HPS Deputy Superintendent Umit Alpaslan, joined by the presidents of TSUS’s seven member institutions, signed the agreement May 20 at the Huntsville campus of Sam Houston State University. The agreement allows TSUS institutions to inform HPS students of the benefits of pursuing higher education and to work closely with HPS to support students who choose to attend a TSUS institution.
“At Harmony Public Schools, our primary mission is to provide students across Texas with a path to a brighter future by giving them the academic knowledge and life skills they will need to succeed. We are extremely proud to partner with an organization like the Texas State University System that shares these values and can support our graduates with an affordable, high-quality college education,” Alpaslan said in a press release.
“Our member institutions pride themselves on providing a welcoming environment where first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students feel at home and, most importantly, succeed in ever-increasing numbers,” said Chancellor McCall. “We look forward to working with Harmony Public Schools to help more students achieve their dream of earning a college degree.”
Under the agreement, finance, admissions, and student services staff from participating TSUS institutions would collaborate with HPS and provide office and meeting space for an HPS College Success Coach to support HPS graduates throughout their academic career. HPS would assist participating institutions in identifying, informing, and recruiting HPS students who are considering college education, as permitted by federal and state student privacy laws.
The agreement is designed to increase attendance, retention, and graduation rates for HPS graduates by developing strategies to address the challenges of HPS students, many of whom are first-generation students from low-income families.