Austin Community College announced April 28 that it was selected to join the Transfer Student Success and Equity Initiative, along with Texas State University, a project founded by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The initiative is designed to bring together community colleges and four-year institutions to implement institution policies and best practices to ensure equitable access, according to a press release. The one-year initiative consists of monthly sessions that are designed to support the partnership, and a workshop series provides support aimed at “accelerating transfer reform” over the year, according to the Aspen Institute.

ACC and Texas State were selected from a pool of 97 institutions from 25 states for a spot in this initiative that will offer “significant impact” to their combined nearly 1 million undergraduate students.

“We need to develop well-defined pathways to help more students meet their educational goals and eliminate excess credits and money spent,” said Renee Esparza, ACC Transfer Resources director, in the release. “Students who want to earn college credits before starting at a four-year university get a solid foundation at ACC. As we work together to address transfer challenges, this support will impact direct student services to achieve these goals.”