Trellis Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $300,000 to the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin (the Dana Center). This award will support the Dana Center’s work with Texas colleges and universities to improve corequisite implementation and student success rates. 

The corequisite model allows students to start taking math classes for their academic program immediately—with additional supports—rather than forcing them to spend time and money on remedial courses that don’t count towards their credentials. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has awarded support to 13 institutions to, among other things, deepen their corequisite implementation. With this award from Trellis Foundation, the Dana Center will provide technical assistance tailored to these institutions’ needs. 

“Trellis Foundation is proud to continue our support of the Dana Center and the implementation of effective, evidence-based corequisite course structures,” said Trellis Foundation’s Executive Director Kristin Boyer. “This work is essential in saving students time and money, and for the Texas colleges moving to outcomes-based funding requirements.” 

“Corequisite course structures are proven to be effective for postsecondary student success. Implementing the corequisite model at these institutions will dramatically increase the number of students who successfully complete their gateway math courses on time, which is a critical indicator of longer-term postsecondary success,” said Dana Center Managing Director Afi Y. Wiggins. “We are happy to see this evidence-based approach take root in Texas. The Center is grateful for the support from Trellis Foundation and THECB in achieving the impact of this initiative.” 

About Trellis Foundation

Trellis Foundation advances equitable educational opportunities in Texas by supporting postsecondary programs, practices and systems that reduce disparities and lead to success for low-income students and students of color. More information is available at

About the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin develops and scales effective mathematics, science, and literacy innovations to support educators, administrators, and policymakers in creating seamless transitions throughout K–12 and postsecondary education for all students, especially those who are Black, Latino, female, and experiencing poverty. The Center seeks to create a generation of students who understand the purpose and relevance of mathematics, science, and literacy in their roles as citizens and as future participants and leaders in the workforce. More information is available at