Through its size and diversity, the Houston region is today what the rest of the nation is becoming, playing an important role in achieving state and national completion goals. Highlighting the need to increase completion, Houston ranks low compared to other U.S. metropolitan areas for the percentage of those 25 and older holding a college degree, with attainment gaps persisting across demographic groups.

Recognizing that change needed to address issues of state and national concern does not occur through the acts of one institution alone, Houston Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) was created as a regional collaboration to increase completion in the Houston area. The consortium of institutions includes the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College System, San Jacinto College District, Wharton County Junior College, and Victoria College.