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EPCC Announces Statewide Collaboration to Benefit Dual Credit Students

El Paso Community College (EPCC) is part of a new statewide initiative to better the coursework of the EPCC Dual Credit students.

The collaboration is being launched by the University of Texas at Austin and will also include Austin Community College, Houston Community College and Texas Tech University to ensure Texas students get the most out of dual credit coursework.

The TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative (DCIC ) will bring together leading educational innovators from across the state to identify best practices for high-quality dual credit instruction and coursework that helps students reach their postsecondary goal.

“EPCC’s Dual Credit courses have a national reputation for being high quality, having academic rigor and preparing students for future academic achievement.,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.  “Data shows that EPCC’s Dual Credit program increases educational attainment for our region and we are committed to sharing our best practices and collaborating as part of TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaboration.”

Of students who earn Dual Credit from EPCC, 58% enroll in college compared to 33% of those who do not take Dual Credit.  The average success rate of these students is nearly 90%.  At EPCC, Dual Credit has been a dynamic force in increasing educational attainment.

EPCC Dual Credit students who have transferred to UTEP:

 are 2.3 times more likely to graduate in 4 years or less from the university

 increase the probability to graduate in 6 years or less by 60% (1.6 times more likely)

 are 1.4 times more likely to stay in school and earn a higher GPA (3.26 vs. 3.08)

 continue their education to post graduate programs at a rate of 62%

“EPCC will share our expertise and work to formalize best practices as we set the course for the future of Dual Credit and Early College across the state through (DCIC),” Tonie Badillo, EPCC Dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools said.

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