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For immediate release - June 30, 2006(DALLAS) – Students in the Dallas County Community College District will have access to another option for study and career advancement with the addition of a new education partner, Texas Southern University. DCCCD students now can transfer their associate degree credit hours to TSU so that they can pursue a bachelor’s degree. They also can participate in concurrent enrollment with TSU while they work on their two-year degree.
The partnership was formalized on Thursday, June 29, during an articulation agreement signing at DCCCD’s downtown district office. Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor of DCCCD, and Dr. Bobby Wilson, interim president and provost at TSU, participated; Belinda Griffin of DeSoto represented the TSU board of regents.
“DCCCD continues to seek new partners in higher education so that we can offer our students more options for their educational and professional growth,” said Lassiter. “We welcome Texas Southern University as a partner with our district, and we look forward to the additional opportunities for our students that this agreement provides. The agreement itself is historic because it offers DCCCD students the chance to enroll at a historically black college (HBCU).”
“We also welcome DCCCD students to TSU’s campus family, and we look forward to working with them as they pursue their bachelor’s degrees. We want them to feel like TSU students, too,” said Wilson.
And DCCCD students will receive twice the benefits as college students under a separate agreement with TSU that enables them to enroll concurrently in the district and at Texas Southern. Under the agreement, students attend one of the district’s seven colleges, enroll concurrently at TSU and transfer seamlessly to the university from DCCCD; those students who meet Texas Southern’s admission requirements or who complete their associate degrees will receive automatic admission to TSU.
The objectives of the agreements are: to attract qualified students from DCCCD to TSU; to ensure the efficient and orderly movement (or transfer) of students from DCCCD to TSU as students continue to advance their studies; to provide specific advising for DCCCD students who transfer to TSU, especially those who are concurrently enrolled at both institutions; to allow the transfer of up to 66 credit hours and the guarantee of a“seamless transition” for DCCCD graduates to TSU; and to establish academic and administrative coordination between the two schools.
DCCCD students who would like to transfer to TSU under this agreement must: be in good academic standing with the district; have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (some majors may require a higher GPA); and have completed or been awarded an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree. DCCCD students who are not concurrently enrolled at TSU may transfer without an associate degree; they must have courses numbered “100” or above and also must have a grade of “C” or above in those classes. Developmental education courses are not eligible for transfer. TSU will accept a total of 66 transfer credit hours (including 48 core curriculum credit hours) from DCCCD, and those transfer students must earn the remaining credit hours in residence at TSU.
Concurrently enrolled DCCCD students will have access to the TSU Library; the right to purchase tickets to athletic and other selected university events; and will have additional opportunities to learn more about TSU scholarship programs. TSU also will host on-site admissions events at all DCCCD colleges at least once each year.
For more information about the DCCCD/TSU agreements, contact Gregory Williams, DCCCD coordinator of transfer services, at (214) 860-2185.Photo caption: Dr. Bobby Wilson (left), interim president and provost, TSU, and Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor, DCCCD, sign the articulation agreement formalizing the institutions' new partnership.Press contact: Ann Hatch, 214-860-2478