|UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas (left) and TSTC Harlingen President Dr. J. Gilbert Leal shake hands after signing three articulation agreements between the two institutions Jan. 17.|
“This agreement is important for both institutions and also important for the development of this region and the state,” UTPA President Blandina Cárdenas said. “We are hoping that this message reaches students and families. There is a way for you to acquire a post-secondary education. The institutions in the Valley are committed to breaking down barriers that stand in your way.”
The articulation agreements match or articulate comparable coursework between the schools to ensure that courses taken by TSTC students can be applied to UTPA degree requirements.
The articulation agreement between TSTC and the UTPA College of Science and Engineering will specifically ease the transition to a four-year degree for those TSTC students who have completed specified TSTC Associate of Applied Science degree programs wishing to pursue an engineering or computer science degree at UTPA. The dual admission agreement provides the option to be dually admitted into UTPA upon enrollment at TSTC if the student meets the academic criteria provided in the agreement. UTPA will provide a degree plan to TSTC students and advisers that will enable enrollment in classes that will lead to the completion of associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. UTPA transfer admission counselors will also work with the students beginning in their first semester at TSTC to assist them in the transition. High achieving students in the programs will be eligible for transfer student scholarships targeted to this initiative.
“I’m grateful that the University recognizes that our students are capable of handling the curriculum here at the University level,” TSTC President Dr. J. Gilbert Leal said. “Many of our students get tremendous jobs. But, the reality is that once they are employed, in order to get into the supervisory and management positions, it is necessary they continue their education. This agreement will make it easier for those students.”