With the launch of The University of Texas-Pan American Transfer Center in 2009 and its numerous articulation agreements with community colleges in South Texas, UTPA has bumped up its transfer student rate by 18.4 percent for 2008-2009. The influx of community college transfer students helped The University of Texas System increase its percentage rate by 11.3 among its nine academic institutions.
"The opening of the Transfer Center in McAllen has definitely contributed to the increase in transfer students. Located across the street from South Texas College, students are able to receive immediate assistance with processes related to admissions and advising," said Dr. Magdalena Hinojosa, associate vice president and Dean of Admissions. "An increase in transfer students means an increase in bachelor's degrees awarded, which not only benefits the students but the economy of the our community, state, and country."
According to a UT System press release issued Wednesday, May 12, the number of community college students transferring to UT System institutions grew by 11.3 percent, making it the largest annual gain in recent memory.
Last year 9,606 community college students transferred to the UT System's nine academic campuses, marking a significant increase in the number of transfers from 2008 (8,628). In 2007, 8,566 community college students transferred to UT System institutions, making the increase from 2007 to 2008 less than 1 percent.
"We owe it to the state to increase access to college and improve the workforce for the betterment of Texas and these efforts, we believe, are fostering some remarkable strides toward achieving a more educated labor force," said David B. Prior, UT System executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. "As these and other efforts gain more momentum, we expect the number of community college transfers to increase across all Texas public universities."
The UT System credits the surge to several recent initiatives aimed at increasing the number of community college transfers to Texas universities, including the development of articulation agreements between local community colleges and UT institutions, a collaborative effort with the Texas A&M University System and the state's 50 community college districts, and the "Transfer 101: From Community College to University" Web site, which offers easy-to-use directions for successfully making the transition from community colleges to four-year institutions.
At UTPA a total of 635 first-time transfer students transferred in fall 2008 while in fall 2009 a total of 752 students transferred from South Texas College (STC), Texas State Technical College-Harlingen, The University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College, Austin Community College, San Antonio College and Laredo Community College. From 2007 to 2008 UTPA saw a 4 percent dip in community college transfer students. Overall 923 students, including first-time transfers from four-year institutions, transferred to UTPA in 2008-2009.
The majority of transfer students to UTPA come from STC with whom the university has developed a Transfer Success Action Plan. The partnership has resulted in the signing of 30 articulation agreements between the two institutions and the opening of the UTPA Transfer Center conveniently located across the street from STC to help with student advisement and transfer to UTPA.
For more information about the UTPA Transfer Center or to learn about upcoming deadlines, call 956/292-7441 or 956/292-7442.
To learn more about "Transfer 101: From Community College to University," visit http://transfer101.org/.