Citing matching demographics served and a mutual desire to dramatically increase the number of low-income high school students who go “to and through college,” Texas Southern University, KIPP Foundation and KIPP Houston Public Schools recently partnered to achieve that goal.

A memorandum of understanding to develop programs that address the challenges of low-income, college-eligible students was signed by leaders of those institutions during a ceremony at TSU’s Rod Paige Education Building.

“If you think about what the landscape of Texas will look like in 2030, I don’t have to tell you that it fits the demographics of both KIPP and TSU,” said TSU President Austin A. Lane.

“That’s why we are so excited about this partnership. We know that we have a golden opportunity to train those next leaders and have them graduate from Texas Southern University. I couldn’t think of a better partnership than with KIPP.”

Sehba Ali, KIPP Houston Public Schools superintendent, announced KIPP will send 30 freshmen to TSU this fall, joining 43 KIPPsters already enrolled.

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