A resource for college bound students, parents, businesses and universities

What is it?

cafécollege is a free resource for middle and high school students, transfer students, parents, and anyone wishing to go to college.

cafécollege provides information, technology resources and test preparation courses to better prepare students to enter college. By doing so, it has the potential to strengthen Texas’ economic base, attract businesses and faculty, generate research funding, improve quality of life, and enhance the overall stature of the state.

According to a 2008 Community Survey, more than 93,000 San Antonio students were enrolled in college. In collaboration with local high schools, colleges, and universities, cafécollege seeks to increase the number of students enrolled in college to 150,000 over five years.

cafécollege Best Practice Initiatives
cafécollege, the new college center, is located at 131 El Paso Street, in the heart of downtown San Antonio. A city-owned building, it features 5,500 square feet of meeting rooms equipped with big-screen televisions, a lounge, coffee bar, computer stations and WiFi access. cafécollege is a welcoming, comfortable place for students and their parents to seek free assistance.
• cafécollege offers guidance to San Antonians preparing for and applying to the higher education institution of their choice.
• Free services include assistance completing college applications, finding financial aid, seminars, and more.
• cafécollege also offers prep classes for standardized college admittance tests, including SAT and ACT tests.
• It is a clearinghouse of college and financial aid information and resources for students, parents and individuals.
• Trained staff works with middle school through senior high school students, parents and guardians.
• cafécollege also provides assistance to transfer students, Spanish-speaking visitors, and college students who, for one reason or another, stop attending college before completing their course plans.
• A companion website, cafécollege.org offers virtual assistance.

Why It’s Important
Texas is facing an education crisis.

According to a study by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)
found:
• In 2008-09, thirty-one percent of Texas high school students leave school prior to graduation.
• Texas schools are losing a student every four minutes.
• At current pace, the state will lose an additional 2.3 million to 6 million students before reaching an attrition rate of zero in 2042.
• Attrition rate gaps between White students and Black students and between White students and Hispanic students persist. The gap today is higher than 24 years ago.

A report from Texas A&M University last year projected the dropout rate for the class of 2012
will range between 12.2 percent and 22.2 percent.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education, in a report last year, said Texas had a graduation rate of just 72.5 percent.

In response to this problem, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has adopted a Closing the Gaps plan to close educational gaps within Texas, and between Texas and other leading states. When Closing the Gaps was first adopted, the THECB cautioned there was a “looming crisis” in higher education in Texas. Their plan sets specific targets for increasing the number of students enrolled in higher education and those who obtain undergraduate degrees, associate’s degrees, and certificates.