Percent of Bexar County high school graduates enrolled in Texas institutions of higher education in the following fall
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Student enrollment in higher education institutions has remained relatively flat since 2010. A December 2020 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows a notable decline in college enrollment, in fall 2020, particularly in two-year, public institutions. This mirrors the decline in Bexar County in 2020.
Data from Alamo Colleges' AlamoPROMISE program, however, shows what targeted interventions that meet students needs can do. AlamoPROMISE provides community college tuition along with mandatory fees to eligible students who plan to earn an associate degree, certification, courses for transfer or workforce training. The first cohort of AlamoPROMISE scholars were recruited in the fall of 2019 and enrolled as AlamoPROMISE Scholars in fall of 2020.
An article from Washington Post notes that while the five Alamo colleges’ overall enrollment fell by about 5.5% from fall 2020 to fall 2021, the enrollment from the 25 high schools in the Promise program increased 17%, between the year before it began and its first year of implementation in fall 2020. 2,423 students were admitted to the five Alamo Colleges—Hispanic students accounted for 87% of enrollees and African American students accounted for 6%. In January 2022, AlamoPROMISE expanded to 11 school districts and 47 high schools.