August 9, 2011
Grad TX targets more than 40,000 Texans who left college with 90 or more credit hours.
Texas Tech was one of eight Texas universities chosen to participate in a new Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) program designed to help adults return to college and finish their bachelor’s degree.
Grad TX (pronounced Grad Texas) targets the more than 40,000 adults in Texas who left college with 90 or more credit hours but have not finished the 120 credit hours required to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
THECB selected Texas Tech and seven other universities to launch the new program, which offers specialized programs with online, compressed and regular course offerings for returning students.
The program’s website features an online transfer tool that allows returning students to enter complete coursework and preview how their credits would count toward a bachelor’s degree at a participating university.
The website also provides counselors from each university who specialize in meeting the needs of returning students, information about payment and financial aid and a section addressing the needs of veterans.
“The THECB, working closely with our state colleges and universities, is focused on significantly increasing the number of college graduates,” said Raymund Paredes, commissioner of higher education. “Encouraging and assisting our adult population to get back on track for a college degree is critical for Texas to become a national leader and global competitor.”