Our state’s demographic tsunami is waist deep and rising daily. If we don’t bring more historically underserved students into higher education, we will face a lower standard of living as we fall behind in economic competitiveness. Higher education needs to institutionalize the pathways to a college degree in our state for these promising students. By partnering with high schools, universities can provide academic counseling and summer programs to transition students into their new roles as college freshmen and help develop the next generation of Texas leaders. We cannot afford—economically and socially—not to aggressively pursue such an agenda.

Murano is the president of Texas A&M University.

(On the Web: a related idea from Mike Feinberg, the co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program.)

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