Community college research fellowships build the knowledge base supporting Texas Pathways and advance Texas community college research and teaching capacity. Fellows benefit from participating in pathways-related activities, including professional development and mentoring/guidance related to their intended career trajectory. Through distribution of reports and other materials to develop the state’s knowledge, the fellowship expands what college practitioners, leaders, and legislators know about improving student success, closing equity gaps, scaling pathways and reforming cross-sector institutional partnerships.
Fellows conduct research studies and related activities to (a) build the knowledge base concerning Texas Pathways reform efforts, (b) enhance the impact of community colleges’ reform efforts, and (c) increase capacities of community college focused researchers. This knowledge development work informs the development of practitioner-oriented guidance and tools and shapes training, technical assistance, coaching, and professional development related to pathways. Knowledge development work focuses on questions of particular interest to college practitioners and policy makers in the state.