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The following agreement between Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University provides a framework to develop programs designed to enhance the educational experience of students attending both schools including but not limited to:
  • Web Based Articulation Agreements
  • Reverse Transfer
  • Joint Admission

This framework will be extended as required to include additional programs benefiting the students of our respective institutions.

Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University anticipate completing over 30 online articulation agreements providing in excess of 40 baccalaureate degrees at Sam Houston State University.  The articulation agreements will be designed to maximize the amount of course work completed for the associate degree that can be applied to the baccalaureate degree.  These agreements will be accessible from the home pages of both institutions via the World Wide Web making them readily accessible to students and counselors of both schools.

“Reverse Transfer” will allow students to transfer course work from Sam Houston State University to Dallas County Community College District to complete some requirements for the associate degree.  This program is specifically designed to allow students to receive the advantages pursuant to completion of the associate degree when they leave Dallas County Community College District prior to degree completion.  In the professional job market, there is a clear distinction between having attended Dallas County Community College District and having graduated from Dallas County Community College District.

“Joint Admission” provides students a mechanism to maximize utilization of facilities and programs offered jointly by Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University while making the transition from the associate to the baccalaureate degree.  Goals to be explored for inclusion in joint Admission include:

  • the ability to attend both schools simultaneously
  • a SHSU picture ID/bank card
  • student access to SHSU sporting events
  • a Sam Houston State University email account accessible from any Internet connection world wide
  • sufficient disk space on a Sam Houston State University Internet Server to create and maintain a home page and store important files from one semester to the next (remains in effect over the summer into the fall semester unless you fail to register at least one of the institutions)
  • access to the Sam Houston State University library and to computer facilities operated by Sam Houston State University Computer Services

After acceptance under joint admission, the applicants must continually meet all admission requirements for both institutions to retain their eligibility to participate in the program.  Students accepted under joint admission may simply transfer, alternate enrollment between institutions, or co-enroll at their discretion.

Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University generally agree:

  1. If a student does not meet Sam Houston State University’s entrance requirements at the time they enter Dallas County Community College District, they are not eligible for joint admission.  They may become eligible for joint admission at a future date by meeting the requirements for “transfer student admission” to Sam Houston State University.
  2. Dallas County Community College District will make information available to Sam Houston State University to facilitate admitting students to the joint admission program.
  3. It is anticipated students applying to Dallas County Community College District and simultaneously meeting Sam Houston State University admission requirements may apply for and be accepted into the joint admission program online.  Students may transfer courses covered by articulation agreements freely between both academic institutions.  Students may alter enrollment between institutions or co-enroll at their discretion.
  4. Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University will work to create extensive articulation agreements in a broad range of majors.  These agreements will be made available to students at both institutions.
  5. Students qualifying for joint admission will be issued a computer account, email account, and web access via Sam Houston State University.  Students are expected to familiarize themselves with Sam Houston State University’s computer usage policies and abide by these policies when using Sam Houston State University resources.
  6. Sam Houston State University agrees to provide reasonable access to academic advisors from Sam Houston State University to students attending Dallas County Community College District prior to their actual transfer.
  7. Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University students meeting joint admission requirements will be granted access to computer lab facilities, library facilities, and athletic facilities as defined by the student access policies of each institution.
  8. Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University agree to exchange information within legal guidelines about specific students with the goal of making students aware of scholarship, financial aid, and the potential to satisfy degree requirements by transferring course work between both institutions.
  9. Sam Houston State University will recognize for transfer credit within legal limitations course work submitted from Dallas County Community College District resulting from transfer credit, dual/concurrent enrollment, advanced placement, CLEP, or other recognized means by which credit is awarded by examination (as appropriate and subject to Dallas County Community College District’s policies).
  10. Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University will strive to make financial aid transfer between the respective institutions as convenient as possible for the student.
  11. Dallas County Community College District will be responsible for assuring students are in compliance with state mandated admission requirements to higher education such as the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).  It should be noted that students seeking certification in a teaching field are generally subject to more stringent requirements than students in the general population.
  12. Students desiring to minimize the loss of transfer hours due to changes in state law, particularly those seeking certification to teach,  are encouraged to complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours per semester counting towards the anticipated major and minor.
  13. Dallas County Community College District students desiring to take classes at Sam Houston State University should formally transfer classes via official transcript at the earliest possible time.  Sam Houston State University will recognize such courses for transfer credit within legal limitations and allow Dallas County Community College District transfer students to register during the normal “pre-registration” period as though they were previously enrolled fulltime at Sam Houston State University. Dallas County Community College District students may be required to speak with an academic advisor from Sam Houston State University.  Students transferring to SHSU will be encouraged to complete the associate degree at Dallas County Community College District.  SHSU will assist students in recognizing such courses for transfer credit within legal limitations.
  14. Separate academic records for students will be maintained at each school.  Periodic exchange of information advantageous to students, Dallas County Community College District, or Sam Houston State University is anticipated.
  15. Students who co-enroll will be expected to be knowledgeable of the rules for students at both institutions and agree to comply with said rules.  Students appealing academic or disciplinary issues will be directed to the institution under whose jurisdiction the matter falls and will follow established procedures at that institution.
  16. In general, students losing their eligibility to continue in classes at either institution lose their eligibility to participate in the joint admission/co-enrollment program.  Each institution reserves the right to allow students to continue at their respective institution.
  17. Students transferring to Sam Houston State University who recognize such courses for transfer credit within legal limitations are encouraged to complete the associate degree at Dallas County Community College District.  If they fail to complete the degree prior to transferring, they are encouraged to consider the advantages of completing the degree by reverse course transfer.  Sam Houston State University will recognize such courses for transfer credit within legal limitations and will endeavor to provide Dallas County Community College District with information on transfer students to help Dallas County Community College District officials determine students that could benefit from reverse transfer of courses.
  18. Students opting for concurrent enrollment must meet all payment deadlines for the respective institutions. Means for reducing student financial obligations will be explored.
  19. Sam Houston State University will, within reasonable and legal limitations, make available a list of all student jobs for posting in a timely fashion to Dallas County Community College District locations.  The goal is to help students obtain work commensurate with their background and to assist students in transferring to Sam Houston State University.
  20. The Provost at Sam Houston State University and the appropriate administrative officer at Dallas County Community College District will appoint a committee each year to review the agreement and determine the desirability of terminating or expanding the agreement.  Administrative, faculty, and student input are encouraged.  Input from transfer students is particularly encouraged.
  21. Termination and renewal of this memorandum of agreement:
  • This agreement will commence with the start of the fall semester 2006 for a period of five years.  It will terminate with the start of the fall semester 2011 unless it is renewed.
  • Prior to the termination of the agreement, the agreement may be renewed with the consent of both parties for a period not to exceed five years.
  • The agreement may be terminated by either institution by submitting written notice of the intent to terminate.  The termination notice must be submitted at least one year prior to the start of the date the termination is to become effective.
  • In the event this agreement is terminated, both parties agree to make every effort to protect individual students who are already part of the program. 

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.

This framework of cooperation between Dallas County Community College District and Sam Houston State University is agreed to this 14th day of September 2006, by:

 

Sam Houston State University

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Dr. James Gaertner                   Date
President

Dallas County Community College District

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Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.           Date
Chancellor

Updated 3/29/12