CTC and Texas A&M-Central Texas sign educational agreement

Central Texas College (CTC) and Texas A&M-Central Texas (TAMUCT) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Friday, November 12 which will significantly promote the success of students attending both academic institutions and facilitate access to higher education in central Texas. The MOA will serve as the cornerstone in building cooperative programs between the two schools and ensure transfer of credits for students.

The agreement outlines seven areas in which both schools will expand their existing partnership to help meet the educational needs of students. The seven areas include dual admission program, 2 + 2 program agreements, program-specific agreements and reverse transfer.

“We are actively committed to providing greater educational opportunities and services for students transferring between our two institutions,” said Dr. Jim Anderson, CTC chancellor. “Our continued partnership with A&M-Central Texas will help close that educational gap and further benefit students at both schools.”

The dual admission program enables students to identify themselves as students of both schools prior to a change in physical campus location. This will provide a more seamless transition between the two institutions and offers student access to additional facilities and programs offered by CTC and TAMUCT such as the library and computer labs.

The 2 + 2 agreement enables students who identify their desire to attend TAMUCT to lock in their degree plan before taking courses there. Thus, students who transfer to TAMUCT with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from CTC will be recognized as having achieved junior status allowing them to transfer a minimum of 60 credits that will be applied to their chosen degree. Students will be guaranteed acceptance of credit earned at CTC including credit earned by testing and other non-traditional mechanisms.

The purpose of program-specific agreements is to facilitate the articulation and transfer of academic credits. Both schools will work toward a goal of program-specific agreements for all Associate of Arts degrees in which TAMUCT has a baccalaureate counterpart. The program-specific agreements will be designed to maximize the amount of academic course work completed at CTC that can be applied to a TAMUCT baccalaureate degree, thus providing students with economic incentives that encourage access and success in their higher education endeavors.

Reverse transfer allows students that have matriculated to TAMUCT prior to completion of an associate degree at CTC, to transfer course work from TAMUCT back to CTC in order to complete the associate degree.

Other elements of the agreement include the articulation of a block of technical course credits to maximize the amount of academic and technical course work completed for the applied associate degrees and technical certification programs that can be utilized for the applied baccalaureate degrees. It also calls for the exploration of alternative delivery options for upper division and graduate course work to include on-line courses, ITV courses, blended delivery courses and face-to-face courses delivered at CTC campuses by TAMUCT.

The final area of the agreement provides for non-academic departments or offices such as financial aid, admissions and distance education of both schools to seek opportunities to develop consortium agreements that facilitate transfer, reverse transfer, dual enrollment and other future partnership areas.

“The educational needs of the students in our common service region continue to increase,” said Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, president of A&M-Central Texas. “This agreement is great step towards being responsive to those needs. “We are very pleased to expand our partnership between these two schools – a partnership in which our students and the community will mutually benefit.”

Texas A&M University-Central Texas became a stand-alone university on May 27, 2009, as a member of The Texas A&M University System. A&M-Central Texas is a military-friendly, upper level institution offering both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university prepares students for lifelong learning through excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. For more information, visit http://tamuct.org.

CTC is a public community college offering more than 40 associate degrees and certificates of completion in academic, professional and vocational/technical fields. A wide variety of courses are offered from agriculture to criminal justice, drama to nursing and business administration to telecommunications. The college serves the needs of full-time and part-time students by offering daytime, evening and online courses. The college has articulation agreements with many four-year institutions, which means classes taken at CTC will transfer to any public university in the state of Texas.

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