Catch the Next, Inc.
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Catch the Next, Inc.
3104 Crown Rock Drive
El Paso, TX 79938
United States

Catch the Next, Inc. (CTN) is a data driven college readiness and completion organization empowering students to catch college and career dreams. In Texas, 70% of community college students and 40% of University students are not college ready and need some type of remedial/developmental education. To improve these measures Catch the Next partners with local community colleges and focuses on improving the rate in which students access credit granting coursework. They follow the Puente Project's interdisciplinary approach which combines accelerated writing instruction, intensive academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the professional community to provide a focused, sustained, and engaging learning environment for students. All faculty and administrators implementing the program participate in a year-long professional development sequence starting with a week-long summer institute at UT Austin, followed by fall and spring session institutes to improve the educational outcomes of Latino and other under served student populations.


CTN’s partnership is focused on the development of students and faculty, to improve individual and institutional performance and effectiveness. With their partners, CTN has created a team of “dream catchers” helping students capture their dream of a higher education, with the goal of increasing the educational attainment of Latinos. CTN goals:
1. Have at least 70% of students out off developmental education in one semester
2. Get students in the first credit English composition course with the same instructor and succeed (grade of C or higher)
3. Increase retention and completion rate of associate degrees in less than six years
4. Help students transfer to a four-year university


Data on program success is based on two courses, Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW), which were two classes, but were combined to accelerate exit out of developmental education, and English Composition I. The average pass rate in the past three years collectively across all Dream Catcher Students (DCS) is 84 percent; Average pass rates for DCS at three partner institutions between Fall 2012 – Fall 2016 (90% of students served are Latino) is below:

El Paso Community College (ECC) (DCS students at this institution are 100% Latino)

  • Average pass rate for INRW: 85% of DCS compared to 73% of all of ECC
  • Average pass rate for English: 77% of DCS compared to 65% of all of ECC

Palo Alto Community College (PAC) (DCS students at this institution are 99% Latino)

  • Average pass rate for INRW: 78% of DCS compared to 61% of all of PAC
  • Average pass rate for English: 77% of DCS compared to 62% of all of PAC

South Texas College (STC) (DCS students at this institution are 99% Latino)

  • Average pass rate for INRW: 86% of DCS compared to 68% of all of STC
  • Average pass rate for English: 69% of DCS compared to 56% of all of STC


Program Focus
Developmental Coursework, Mentoring