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Memorandum of Understanding
Between
Dallas County Community College District
And
American Public University System

This memorandum of  understanding (this “MOU”) is made and entered into this Nov. 1, 2010, by and between Dallas County Community College District (“DCCCD”) and American Public University System (“APUS”) (individually a “Party” and collectively the “Parties”).

DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTIES

American Public University System includes American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU) and serves more than 70,000 learners worldwide. APUS’s relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility help students pursue degrees in subjects ranging from homeland security to management and liberal arts. American Public University System is regionally accredited by the Higher Education Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission, Distance Education and Training Council. The APUS mission includes expanding access to higher education and preparing graduates for service and leadership in a diverse, global society.

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) has seven independently accredited colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — plus the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications. Together, our colleges enroll more undergraduate (freshman and sophomore) students than any other college, university or community college system in the state. Each of the seven colleges is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published in that college’s individual catalog. In addition to regional accreditation, numerous instructional programs of the colleges have earned accreditation from national and state agencies, industry councils and/or professional associations.

Note: Remedial/developmental or technical/vocational courses will not be included for transfer in this General Articulation Agreement from DCCCD colleges unless specified by individual colleges in a Program-to-Program Articulation Agreement.

AGREEMENT

American Public University System and Dallas County Community College District hereby agree as follows:

APUS and DCCCD will maintain the integrity of their separate programs and enter into this agreement as equal partners.

Advising of DCCCD students – Advising of DCCCD students regarding admission and program requirements to APUS will be the responsibility of the regular advising staff at DCCCD and APUS. APUS will designate one or more points of contact to respond to advising questions from DCCCD advisors. DCCCD will monitor the academic performance of their students enrolling under this agreement, and identify problems that may interfere with the successful transfer student to APUS.

On-Site Outreach – APUS will arrange with DCCCD to meet and make contact with potential DCCCD transfer students at a minimum of two times annually. DCCCD will provide an appropriate location(s) for presentations and advising.

Communication – DCCCD and APUS agree to cooperate in communicating with each other and with their common and respective publics concerning the established relationship between the two institutions.

  1. Any marketing of the MOU will be subject to the prior approval of both parties.
  2. Each institution will assume responsibility for appropriate marketing to reach their respective student and faculty populations.

Each institution will designate a marketing point of contact.

APUS will not market or promote to DCCCD students any lower division courses that DCCCD is scheduled to teach during the period of the MOU

Faculty and staff at both institutions will communicate information about this agreement to students and prospective students.

DCCCD will provide a link from its website to the APUS website and APUS will provide a link to DCCCD website

Representatives from APUS and DCCCD will confer annually to exchange updated degree requirements, admissions, and transfer information to be used the subsequent academic year. Each institution will notify the other of any contemplated planned changes that would affect the future of this agreement.

Exchange of Student Information – APUS and DCCCD agree to exchange transfer information for the purpose of monitoring and enhancing student academic success. The information may also be used to enhance curricular offerings. At no time will Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations or requirements be violated.  In particular, the Provost Office of APUS will provide yearly statistical and global data to DCCCD for the achievement of transfer students from DCCCD: GPA, success in course completion after the first semester.

Concurrent Enrollment -Students may concurrently take courses at both institutions, as well as have access to advising and other services at both institutions, although the transfer block credit cannot be awarded until after the student submits an official transcript from DCCCD showing an eligible conferred degree. Students will complete all transfer requirements at DCCCD.

Financial Aid- Federal regulations require that students receive financial aid from only a single college from which courses are taken during a given quarter or semester. Advisors should recommend that financial aid recipients take all their courses at either APUS or DCCCD. If a student attends both institutions in a single semester, financial aid may be granted from only one institution. 

Eligibility

  1. Students who were conferred a designated transfer AA or AS degree by DCCCD on or after May 1, 2010 and enrolled at APU into an eligible Baccalaureate degree without selecting a concurrent minor or certificate
  2. Only DCCCD students who are admitted to APU on or after Nov 1, 2010 are eligible for this block agreement.  Students already enrolled at APU prior to Nov 1, 2010 are not eligible for the block transfer.
  3. DCCCD students are eligible for this block transfer agreement regardless of where they completed all of their previous courses for their DCCCD degree, as long as an eligible degree was earned from DCCCD per the eligibility requirements above

Award

  1. Eligible DCCCD graduates will be granted junior status at APU and the degrees will transfer as a block.
  2. DCCCD students transferring under a block agreement are not eligible for any other transfer credit outside of the block award, and will not receive course credit to fulfill any specific course requirements outside of the block award, regardless of what courses student previously completed.
  3. Any program academic changes made by APU will not affect DCCCD students CURRENTLY ENROLLED at APU at the time of the program change and they will be subject to original requirements that were in effect at the time the student enrolled in an APU program.

Graduate Book Voucher - APUS will extend to DCCCD full-time employees a graduate studies book voucher.

Length of Agreement – This agreement will become effective upon the execution of signatures by the responsible authority for each institution and will last for a maximum of three (3) years, after which time both institutions will undertake renegotiation of the agreement.

  1. Both APUS and DCCCD agree to provide written notice of at least one full academic year in advance of termination.
  2. APUS reserves the right to alter the format of the transfer block, based on a change of APU program requirements, as long as the DCCCD graduate is awarded 60 hours upon transferring to APU.


In Witness whereof, the Parties hereto have executed this MOU as of the date firs mentioned above by their authorized representatives.

Dallas County Community College District

By:  ______________________________________       ____________

Name:  Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.                               Date:

Title:  Chancellor

American Public University System

By: ______________________________________        ___________

Name:  Wallace E. Boston, Jr., Ed.D.                          Date:

Title:  President and CEO

Contact Information at DCCCD:
Gregg Williams
Transfer Services/Articulation and University Relations Office and Special Populations
1601 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
214-378-1742
(Fax) 214-378-1780
g.williams@dcccd.edu

Contact Information at APUS:

Craig Gilman
Community College Outreach Manager, APU
10110 Battleview Parkway, Ste 114
Manassas, VA 20109 703-334-3957
cgilman@apus.edu

 

APU DEGREE

Eligible  DCCCD  Degree

Hours Awarded

General Studies

Any AA  or AS Degree

60

History

Any AA  or AS Degree

60

Intelligence Studies

Any AA  or AS Degree

60

Management

Any AA  or AS Degree

60

Marketing

Any AA  or AS Degree

60

Security Management

Any A.S.  Degree  

60

Information Systems Security

Any A.S.  Degree  

60

Sports and Health Sciences

Any A.S. Degree  

60

*BBA

AS with Field of Study in Business

61

*Criminal Justice

AA with Field of Study in Criminal Justice

60

*Information Technology Management

AS with Field of Study in Computer Science

64

*Information Technology Management

AS with Emphasis in Computer Science

63

Philosophy

AA .Philosophy Emphasis

60

*Transportation and Logistics Management

AS with Field of Study in Business

61

 * Students must select remaining courses at APU at the upper level (300-499) 

 

Updated: March 27, 2012