CB Trustee Terry Grier Pens Commentary on Transformation of Houston ISD
CB Trustee Terry Grier Pens Commentary on Transformation of Houston ISDCollege Board Communications
Terry Grier, Superintendent of Houston Independent School District and College Board Trustee reflects on the challenges and successes of expanding college access and opportunies for students in his district. He discusses the district's new EMERGE program:
What galvanized all our rethinking and changed policy into a new philosophy, though, was the creation of what we call the EMERGE program. It has shown how high expectations, backed by rigorous support, can turn low-income, high-potential students—those who, six years ago, probably wouldn't have been considered "college material"—into successes at some of the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities. These institutions are clamoring for bright, engaged young students who have had to work hard for their success, and they're willing to provide them with the support systems to succeed and the money to make a priceless education free or affordable.