GO Program History
In 2001, the 77th Legislature adopted Closing the Gaps, a proactive plan designed in part to increase Texans’ participation and success in higher education. As a result, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launched College for all Texans, a marketing and outreach initiative in 2002 with the slogan “Education. GO Get It.” The goal of the campaign was to enroll 630,000 academically prepared students by 2015.
In coordination with the campaign strategy the TWU GO Program has built partnerships over the past 10 years across the North Texas region promoting higher education awareness and accessibility. Currently the GO Program has Go Centers located in 17 high schools spanning over 11 school districts, and a Mobile Go Center utilized for outreach events within a 100 mile radius of the campus.
The partnerships created through the “Closing the Gaps” plan has allowed the GO Program to continue TWU's commitment of supporting postsecondary educational opportunities for groups that have been traditionally under-represented in higher education including the economically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, Hispanic and/or African-American students. This commitment is evidenced by TWU's ranking as the highest among Texas public institutions in the graduation of first generation-college students (approximately 59%) and by the highly diverse enrollment (almost 40% minority).