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UTPA and STC sign 11 articulation agreements to ease student transfer
Posted: 08/26/2009
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The historic signing of 11 articulation agreements between The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College that will result in more seamless transfer by students from the community college to the University was celebrated Aug. 25 at the STC campus.

Along with 11 articulation agreements signed by UTPA and STC academic program administrators at the Aug. 26 ceremony, UTPA Interim President Dr. Charles A. Sorber and STC President Dr. Shirley Reed signed an institutional agreement between the institutions to further strengthen their collaborative efforts to facilitate a seamless transfer by students from STC into four-year programs at UTPA.
More than 100 administrators, deans, program chairs and coordinators, faculty members and staff from both institutions were welcomed by STC President Dr. Shirley Reed and UTPA Interim President Dr. Charles A. Sorber, who commended their hard work on this collaborative effort to align the courses and curriculum between the two schools in order to better serve students.

"We are pleased to be here to celebrate this expanding partnership with the goal of providing seamless transition to students from STC to the University and beyond. These articulation agreements are going to help students in a number of areas so they have an opportunity to be on the right track from the very beginning," Sorber said.

Reed called the day historic.

"It has been over a decade that we have been trying to make this a reality. It has finally happened," Reed said.

According to Dr. Ana Maria Rodriguez, UTPA senior vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, Academic Advisement and Retention, the articulation agreements provide "academic road maps" for students who begin their college career at STC and want to transfer to UTPA, giving the students the specific courses they need to take at STC that will transfer into a four year degree program at UTPA. The intent is to ensure that STC students are taking courses that will count toward a specific degree and to encourage students who start at STC to complete their post-secondary education studies at UTPA.

"In the long run, these agreements will save the student time and money," she said.

The agreements signed at the ceremony were in the following programs: anthropology; biology; communication (theatre/drama); education; kinesiology; language and cultural studies (Spanish concentrations); mathematics (grades 4-8 and 8-12 certification); Mexican American studies, history and philosophy; political science; psychology; and social work.

UTPA mascot Bucky the Bronc and STC mascot Jerry the Jaguar joined arms Aug. 26 to celebrate the historic signing of 11 articulation agreements between the two South Texas higher education institutions that will better serve students seeking to transition from STC to UTPA.
Twenty more articulation agreements between the two institutions are planned. Work will begin on the next 10 programs in the fall 2009 semester and conclude with the last 10 agreements to be completed in spring 2010.

The agreements are part of a Transfer Success Action Plan that has also resulted in the initiation of the UTPA Transfer Center conveniently located across the street from STC to help with student advisement and transfer to UTPA.

Dr. Martha Ellis, associate vice chancellor of Community College Partnerships at The University of Texas System, who attended the ceremony with Dr. David Prior, UT System executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, is helping to facilitate such agreements between community colleges and UT System four-year institutions throughout the state. She sees the collaborative work between STC and UTPA as providing a model for Texas and throughout the nation.

"Today we celebrate the exponential value of a more robust partnership between two outstanding institutions," she said. "The beneficiaries of this hard, gallant and selfless work are the students - students who will fulfill their dreams and their goals for a better life for themselves and for their families. The beneficiaries will also be the communities in the Valley which will prosper and enjoy an even better increasing quality of life and financial growth. The beneficiaries will also be the citizens of the state of Texas who will flourish as a highly-skilled workforce promotes economic development throughout the entire state."

For information on transferring from STC to UTPA contact the UTPA Transfer Center at 956/292-7441 or 956/292-7442.