GradUP is an innovative initiative launched by Lone Star College-University Park in 2018, which aims to increase student graduation by 300% in three years.
Our message to students is simple, but powerful:
You commit. We commit. You graduate.
We are committed to the success of each and every Lone Star College-University Park student from the time they apply to the time they graduate. We invest in student success by continuously improving our student services, launching innovative, student-focused initiatives, and prioritizing professional development and training opportunities for our faculty and staff. Simply stated, we take extraordinary measures to prepare extraordinary graduates for our community. Here are just a few of the ways GradUP expresses our commitment:
“I would describe the faculty as passionate, honest and supportive. I never thought I would get this much support at a community college. They care, and they love what they do, and this has made me more disciplined and, as a result, more successful than I had thought possible.”
"I started out at LSC with a 2.1 cumulative GPA. I was on the brink of academic probation at my previous university. During my time at Lone Star College, I managed to complete 60 credits in three semesters with 4.0.I couldn't have accomplished this without the approval I was granted for course overload. This allowed me to increase my cumulative GPA to prove to schools that I am capable of succeeding at their institutions. As of now, I have received admission to The University of Minnesota (with $30k scholarship), Ohio State University, Northeastern University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Purdue University.”
"I have seen several of my students walk across the stage. It is awe-inspiring that they are changing not only their future. They are also setting an example for their friends and family."
“It’s fun being on an innovative campus working towards challenging goals. I came to LSC-University Park for this very reason – to focus on helping students.”
"I have seen first-hand the impact GradUP has had on students. We are retaining students and fostering a healthy learning environment. It provides hope that they will stay motivated, be inspired to take on challenges, and become confident in accomplishing their goal of graduating.”
"GradUP is now becoming an internalized part of our culture, and the success is paying off."
“No one can take away a student's education. No one. Once that degree is awarded it is forever.”