The presidents of The University of Texas-Pan American and Coastal Bend College signed two separate articulation agreements April 4 designed to help students achieve academic success. A more general agreement will provide a seamless transition of student coursework from the community college to Edinburg's four-year university. Another specific agreement between UTPA's College of Business Administration and Coastal Bend College's Division of Business will allow the establishment of a program of exchange and collaboration in various areas of business. UTPA is also looking at other ways to partner with the community college including the possibility of implementing a Pathways to Success Program. This program will identify and invite a cohort of up to 200 students who did not meet UTPA admissions standards to take between six and 12 hours of basic developmental courses, ultimately giving them a second chance to pursue a college degree. Officials would like to have a plan in place by fall 2007. Pictured standing from left to right are Dr. John Edwards, UTPA vice president for enrollment and student services; Dr. Ana Maria Rodriguez, UTPA senior vice provost for undergraduate studies; Velma Elizalde, director of student and program development at Coastal Bend College; Dr. Maggie Williams, UTPA dean of admissions and enrollment and student services; and Rito Silva, director of the Alice campus of Coastal Bend College. Pictured seated from left to right are Dr. Paul Sale, UTPA provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president; Dr. John Brockman, Coastal Bend College president; and Dr. Val Cantu, vice president of instruction at Coastal Bend College.