Our results

The CTN-Ascender program completed the first year of its demonstration project in south Texas with dramatic results.

  • In the fall, 86% of our students passed the DevEd integrated reading and writing course (INRW) with a “C” or better
  • The persistence rate from the fall INRW to spring ENG 1301 (credit-bearing course) was 85%
  • In the spring, 91% of our students passed ENG1301 with a “C” or better.
  • Compared to a non-intervention group, we increased success rates by over 50%.

Our first year data shows great success in accelerating CTN-Ascender students out of remedial education and giving them the tools to succeed in course work and degree completion.

Ascender INRW Outcomes vs. Statewide Averages

CollegeState avg- readingState avg-writingPACSTCEPCCLeeACC
2015  84.60%88.10%85%100%71.40%

All of our Texas community college partners have reported impressive gains in community college success and community college completion and graduation.

Colleges that have been trained in our model include:

  • South Texas College on three of their campuses in the cities of McAllen, Rio Grande City and Weslaco
  • El Paso Community College on two campuses in the greater El Paso area
  • Palo Alto College (a member of Alamo Colleges) in the city of San Antonio
  • Lee College in Baytown, southeast of Houston
  • Austin Community College at two campuses in the cities of Austin and Kyle
  • Houston Community College on two campuses in the greater Houston area
  • Lone Star College at University Park, in the city of Houston
  • Dallas Community College Eastfield, in the city of Dallas
  • University of North Dallas, in the city of Dallas

Our Training Has Helped Professors Close the Opportunity Gap

Students taught by CTN-trained faculty earn more degrees and spend less on their education.