The Diplomás Project


Diplomás is a collective impact effort uniting 16 cross-sector partners to increase the college attainment of San Antonio’s Latino students. The P16Plus Council provides backbone support and data analysis to the project to drive progress on strategic initiatives designed to improve college readiness, access, persistence and attainment for Latino students.

Diplomás partners serve approximately 254,000 public K-12 students, representing 78% of Latino students in Bexar County ISDs.

The Diplomás Project tracks progress on a range of indicators, and uses the  StriveTogether process for continuous improvement. An example of this approach is the project’s recent work on college readiness and access. The Diplomás College Readiness team has been working on strategies to increase Apply TX and FAFSA completion rates in school districts participating in the project. P16Plus staff provide real-time data updates at the district and campus level, and partners come together to set improvement targets, share best practices and identify collective strategies to improve outcomes for students. The San Antonio Financial Aid Council provides targeted outreach to students who have yet to complete their applications.

The Diplomás Project was founded in 2012 with support from the  Lumina Foundation  as one of thirteen sites around the United States working to increase the number of Latinos enrolling in and completing postsecondary education. Following the pilot phase of the project, Diplomás partners committed to continue the effort and align their goals with the  Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s strategic plan, 60X30. The partners set a target that 60% of Hispanics in Bexar County ages 25-34 will hold a level I certificate or higher by 2030.

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The following partners make up the core team of the Diplomás Project:

Core Team Partners

Alamo Colleges

Texas A&M University, San Antonio

University of Texas at San Antonio

Harlandale ISD

Northside ISD

North East ISD

San Antonio ISD

Southwest ISD

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Education Service Center, Region 20

P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County

San Antonio Education Partnership

Trinity University College Advising Corps

Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education

UTSA – Hispanic Scholarship Fund


News Story:

Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio)

Photo, Christina Acosta

On Friday morning, State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) addressed the importance of keeping many Latinos in school to pursue higher education to benefit their future at a Diplomás policy summit… [ Read More ]