Some universities return to standardized tests in admissions

PBS Newshour | June 2024

 Headlines around higher education this year have centered on protests, free speech and student safety. But some important changes on the academic and admissions front have gotten less attention, including some schools turning back to standardized testing after deciding they would no longer require it.

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UT to reinstate standardized testing, reviving equity debate in college admissions, KXAN, Apr 2024

Creating a path to and through college (2023 Excelencia, FOX7, Oct 2023

A Continued Commitment to Excelence (Excelencia 2023), Diverse Education,​ Oct 2023

Student Advocates in Texas Play a Major Role in Passing of Community College Finance Law, The Education Trust, Jun 2023

Opinion: I’m An Undocumented College Student. No Matter How Hard I Work, There’s 1 Reality I Can’t Escape, Huff Post, May 2023

Breakthrough Central Texas is creating paths for first-generation college students, We Are Austin, Jan 2023

Student Advocates in Texas Play a Major Role in Passing of Community College Finance Law, The Education Trust, Jun 2023Texas State course helps first-gen students succeed, KXAN, Dec 2022

Austin nonprofit helps college dreams of first-generation students become reality, KXAN, August 23, 2021

Breakthrough Cental Texas keeps students on college track, even through the pandemic, CBS, August 5, 2021

What Parents Need to Know about Back to School in 2021, AAS, August 4, 2023

Austin FC partnering with nonprofits to allow more access to games, KXAN, July 19, 2021

Expanded Program, Austin Family, April 2, 2021

Failure rates, education gaps increase as nearly 80% of Austin ISD students continue to learn from home, Community Impact, January 2021

Student Teachers at St. Edward’s Are Inspiring First-Generation Students Like Them to Graduate from College, St. Edward’s University, 2020

Breakthrough Central Texas keep students on a college track, even through the pandemic, CBS Austin, May 2020

Breakthrough Central Texas holds visitor’s day, helps local students plan for college, Fox 7, March 2020 

Grant Announcement: Transforming First Generation Student Success in Central TexasGreater Texas Foundation, November 2019

Derribando la brecha entre pobreza y la educación superior El Mundo Newspaper, October 24, 2019

Breakthrough Central Texas founder created program that led a generation to college — Austin American Statesman, October 20, 2019

Giving City: Nonprofit sets ambitious college education goal — Austin American-Statesman | Giving City Austin, September 13, 2019

Westlake residents lead campaign to help low-income students pursue college  — Austin American-Statesman | Westlake Picayune, September 12, 2019

Breakthrough Challenge Kickoff Event — Spectrum News, September 12, 2019

Nonprofit aims to double the number of low-income, Central Texas students graduating from college — KXAN, September 12, 2019

 Breakthrough Challenge: Breakthrough Central Texas helps create a a path for first-generation college graduates — CBS, We Are Austin, Septemeber 5, 2019

 Women’s Fund gives $250,000 to nonprofits — Austin American Statesman, May 2019

2019 Women’s Fund Grantees –– Austin Community Foundation, May 2019

Giving City: Supporting Central Texas Students — Fox 7 Austin, May 20, 2019

Insight into the Life of a First-Gen Graduate — BestColleges.com, April 2019

College bribery scandal resonates with college-focused nonprofits — Giving City, March 21, 2019

Giving City: College bribery scandal resonates with college-focused nonprofits —    Austin American Statesman, March 21, 2019

FAFSA deadline is 2 months earlier for Texas students this year– KXAN, November 15, 2018

Breakthrough Central Texas’ Daniel Jackson Wins 2018 College Access Practitioner Award of Excellence–  NCAN, September 2018

2018 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners Announced  —  Office of the Texas Governor | Greg AbbottAugust, 2018

Breakthrough Central Texas Celebrates First Manor ISD Graduating Class – Manor ISD, June 4, 2018

Breakthrough Central Texas Celebrates First Manor ISD Graduating Class Manor Communtiy News, June 1, 2018

Texas educators look for ways to increase direct college enrollment– Community Impact, May 30, 2018

Beat the Odds Benefit Concert with Pat Green — WaterWays Magazine, February 23, 2018

SpareFoot Takes Second in Seventh Annual Start-Up Games– SpareFoot, January 23, 2018

MISD Invites Families of 5th Grade Students to Breakthrough Central Texas Family Night — Manor ISD, January 31, 2018

Breakthrough’s Beat the Odds Benefit– West Austin News, January 2018

Local Program Helps Low-Income Students Build Path to College — Fox 7 Austin, Good Day Austin, November 7, 2017

Giving City: Man finds unique way to donate house to charity– Austin American Statesman, October 2, 2017

Donor finds unique way to donate home to charity – GivingCity Austin, September 29, 2017

2017 Mission Capital Award Winners – Mission Capital, September 27, 2017

Breakthrough Central Texas on ‘We Are Austin’ – KEYE, We Are Austin, August 14, 2017

Organizaciones ayudan a estudiantes de escasos recursos a obtener su primer empleo – Univision Austin, August 11, 2017

Breakthrough, Samsung Helps MISD Students Learn STEM Skills Through Egg Drop Challenge – Manor ISD, June 29, 2017

Elimination of AmeriCorps could hobble mentor effort  Austin-American Statesman, June 4, 2017

Viewpoint: Tapping hometown talent is good for business (Gene Austin, Bazaarvoice) Austin Business Journal, August 26, 2016

Breakthrough Austin on ‘We Are Austin’ KEYE, We Are Austin, July 26, 2016

First-Generation College Students in Austin Share Journeys to High School Graduation, KUT Radio, June 20, 2016

Breakthrough Students Intern at Rock Hall of Fame – Time Warner Cable News, June 7, 2016

For this Breakthrough student, balancing work and school is key to composing an ideal future – KUT, March 15, 2016

Breakthrough Austin receives $1 million donation – Austin American-Statesman, March 1, 2016

Former Freescale CEO donates $1 million to Breakthrough Austin – Austin Business Journal, February 25, 2016

Breakthrough Austin helps students graduate – KVUE, January 9, 2016

Breakthrough Austin prepares students for college – Time Warner Cable News, January 9, 2016

Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures – KLRU, December 17, 2015

Why I Support Breakthrough Austin – MayaSmart.com, November 9, 2015

Barrio Writers Works: Karen – KLRU, September 18, 2015

The Months Between: How Three Austin High School Grads Made it to College – KUT, September 8-9, 2015

Breaking Through: The College of Education and an Austin Nonprofit Develop Winning Partnership – .Edu, September 2, 2015

Festive celebration marks Breakthrough Austin’s success – Austin American Statesman, July 8, 2015

Central Texas students fight “summer melt” between high school and college KUT, July 7, 2015

Breakthrough Austin creates first-generation college students – Fox 7, May 16, 2015

Breakthrough Austin paves the way for higher education – Manor Community News, Apr. 9, 2015

American Graduate Nomination: Ivanna Crippa, Breakthrough Program Coordinator – KLRU Blog, Apr. 4, 2015

The cost of tuition is not what holds students back – Austin Monthly, April 2015

Breakthrough Austin’s Beat the Odds Benefit – Waterways Magazine, Spring 2015

Breakthrough Austin receives $1.6 million scholarship fund – Austin Villager, Nov. 14, 2014

Breakthrough announced 1.6 million scholarship fund at Beat the Odds Benefit – Austin Business Journal, Nov. 14, 2014

Breakthrough Austin’s Beat The Odds Benefit – Austin Monthly, Nov. 7, 2014

Life Changing Breakthrough Austin Summer of Learning – West Austin News, Oct. 15, 2014

Grant fund will help Austin schools add services for needy students – Austin American Statesman, Oct. 7, 2014

Breakthrough Austin provides Academic Support to Manor ISD students – Manor ISD Newsletter

The Summer of Work – and Opportunity – Austin Business Journal, Aug. 29, 2014

Samsung at Breakthrough Visitors Day – Austin Business Journal, Aug. 8, 2014

Profiles in Power: Kelly Ballard of Bazaarvoice, Breakthrough champion – Austin Business Journal, Aug. 8, 2014

Breakthrough Student Honored by City of Austin – Austin Business Journal, July 25, 2014

Breakthrough’s St. Andrew’s Summer Middle School Program – Time Warner Cable News, July 22, 2014

Breakthrough Graduation Celebration – West Austin News, June 26, 2014



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