College Forward

College Forward
Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Community Partnerships / Collective Impact,


College Forward provides intensive, culturally-appropriate mentoring services to propel Hispanic students to collegiate success. With a goal of building and sharing effective solutions, they collaborate with other practitioners across Texas and the U.S. to combine and distill ‘best practices’ into highly efficient program models, supported by a student information system that both drives student outcomes and yields critical data for longitudinal research. College Forward’s goal is to prove and systematize strong mentoring programs and interventions that support native-born, immigrant, and undocumented Hispanic students. College Forward has grown to serve almost 6,000 students and has scaled their campus-based partnership program, Success Partnerships.

Program Description

College Forward’s mission is to coach underserved, motivated students to achieve the benefits of higher education and a college degree. They are committed to ensuring that every Hispanic student has the resources and support they need to succeed in higher education. They have partnerships with school districts, postsecondary institutions, and community based organizations in order to replicate their program. In 2016-2017, College Forward will be in at least twelve postsecondary institutions. By 2018, they plan to have 50 partnerships established.


· College Forward currently serves 5,968 students, and 65% are Hispanic.
· 99% of College Forward's Hispanic students apply and are accepted to higher education.
· 90% matriculate, 85% persist year to year (three percentage points higher than their program average)
· 49% complete postsecondary education, more than four times the rate for Hispanic students in Texas.

In 2014, College Forward launched their first Success Partnership at Lone Star College – North Harris, one of the country’s largest Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) systems. After the first year, students receiving services demonstrated a 37% improvement in year-to-year persistence over the institutional average. In 2013 an independent evaluator concluded “College Forward appears to have a significant impact on college access and persistence for its participants.”