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University of Texas-San Antonio

 
Articulation Agreement
Between
The University of Texas - San Antonio
and
Dallas County Community College District
Introduction

This agreement formally recognizes that the University of Texas at San Antonio, hereinafter referred to as “UTSA”, and Dallas Community College District, hereinafter referred to as “DCCCD”, are active educational partners in providing educational opportunities for currently enrolled and potential students of both institutions. Agreement to this partnership requires a commitment by both institutions to enhance the transfer of degree-seeking students between institutions without jeopardizing the intended mission and stated goals of either institution.

Purpose of the Agreement

This agreement sets forth the major principles of mutual cooperation and expectations of this collaboration between UTSA and DCCCD.

Provisions
 
  1. Transfer Plans/Guides. A transfer plan for each degree program is available for students to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at the community college and, upon admission to UTSA, progress into the major and support work courses for completion of the degree program.

    1. UTSA will prepare and publish in a timely manner via the UTSA Web site transfer plans for degree programs contained in its undergraduate catalog and in each subsequent catalog.  These transfer plans guarantee the acceptance of credits applicable to the plan’s degree program as long as grades of “D” or better are earned, college/department admission requirements are met, and university admission requirements are met (See Section D 1.). (Some programs require higher grades, which will be specified on the transfer plan.)
    2. DCCCD will make the web-published transfer plans available to its faculty, staff, and students and will advise prospective UTSA students in accordance with the appropriate transfer plans.
    3. UTSA, will construct the transfer plans, in general, to provide a minimum of 60 semester credit hours up to a maximum of 70 credit hours, accounting for differences in the transfer of lab hours that may or may not be incorporated into the total UTSA degree program hours. (Plans stating less than 60 semester credit hours may occur due to the lack of TCCNS courses or any other comparable courses being offered by DCCCD.) The structure of the transfer plans will be based upon the Texas Common Core Curriculum components and the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) as translated for the UTSA core curriculum requirements of the published catalog.  The plans will also identify courses beyond the core curriculum by TCCNS that apply toward the UTSA degree program major, support work, and/or electives.  This includes any applicable field of study curriculum as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Some courses may not have a TCCN so DCCCD may request that UTSA review such courses for inclusion in specific transfer plans.  The DCCCD representative (Department Chair, Dean) should contact the UTSA articulation officer to request the review of such courses, and UTSA will then review the courses and make the final decision to approve or to disapprove the inclusion of these courses in specific transfer plans.
    4. DCCCD will strive to offer a reasonable number of class sections per the courses listed by TCCNS, field of study curriculum, or other institutionally agreed-upon courses in the transfer plans to facilitate the movement of students through their initial degree hours so they may transfer in a timely manner.
  2. Duration of Transfer Plans and Changes Impacting Published Transfer Plans.
    1. UTSA publishes transfer plans that correspond to a specific UTSA undergraduate catalog. Students have seven years from the date they enter under such undergraduate catalog to complete this catalog’s degree program. Therefore, each published transfer plan will remain valid for the same length of time as its corresponding catalog.  Typically, UTSA publishes its undergraduate catalog on a two-year cycle, and after its catalog is published, UTSA will make no revisions to the transfer plans except to correct any inadvertent errors.
      1. UTSA will publish any such correction to a transfer plan on the UTSA Web site with a notation indicating the date of the correction and will provide DCCCD written notification of such correction.
      2. Every effort will be made to prevent students from being penalized by any errors made by UTSA on the published plans.
    2. DCCCD typically publishes its catalog on a one-year cycle. The institution representative will apprise the UTSA articulation officer of any catalog/curriculum changes impacting the transfer plans so revisions may be addressed in the corresponding transfer plans within the next UTSA catalog-cycle.
    3. UTSA will notify DCCCD should there be changes brought about by program accreditation agencies, which are not governed by the published UTSA undergraduate catalog.  These entities include, but are not limited to, the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 
    4. DCCCD will distribute all changes to transfer plans in a timely manner to faculty, students, and staff.
  3. Institutional Collaborations
      UTSA recognizes that not all Texas public two-year institutions will offer the same TCCNS designated courses or other applicable courses due to the varying missions of the institutions.  Therefore, collaborations may occur among or between comparable disciplines in order to develop appropriate transfer plans.
      1. The UTSA articulation officer named in Section G of this agreement or his successor will be the liaison for the development of collaborations between faculties to accomplish the provisions of this agreement.  The articulation officer will be the primary liaison for transfer practices with DCCCD.
      2. Likewise, the DCCCD articulation representative or his successor will keep the UTSA articulation officer apprised of any program changes or needs impacting or being impacted by the transfer plans. The articulation representative will be the primary liaison for transfer practices with UTSA.
  4. Admissions and Recruiting.
    1. UTSA will publish its admission criteria in its annual Information Bulletin, which is available online via the UTSA web site.  Students from DCCCD must meet all entrance requirements per the UTSA annual Information Bulletin for admission to UTSA. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to all degree programs. Some programs will require DCCCD students to meet additional established criteria for admission to the degree program.  This information is stated on the appropriate transfer plan and in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.
    2. UTSA will evaluate credits based upon the official transcripts submitted for admission. Prospective transfer students may receive an unofficial evaluation of transfer credits prior to admission at the Downtown campus.
    3. DCCCD will provide official and accurately coded transcripts (paper or electronic) per the student’s request.
    4. UTSA will provide recruiting visits and participate in prospective transfer student advising events/fairs, as possible, throughout the academic year. This is coordinated through the transfer.
    5. DCCCD will collaborate with UTSA on scheduling events and visits and will provide space, equipment, and materials as needed for the use of UTSA representatives while on the campus for these events.
  5. Completion of an Associate’s Degree/Reverse Transfer.
    1. UTSA understands DCCCD’s mission of educating members of its service area and of awarding associate degrees. Therefore, UTSA will assist DCCCD in its mission by providing the following services:
      1. Approval of a transfer student’s consortium agreement to complete their remaining transfer plan hours (maximum 6 hours) at DCCCD while matriculated at UTSA so students may continue to receive financial aid and complete an Associate Degree.  Students must be degree seeking at UTSA and must submit the consortium agreement prior to taking courses at DCCCD.  Financial Aid will pay according to the UTSA disbursement schedule.  Students must make arrangements with DCCCD to ensure payment is guaranteed.
      2. Upon request of the DCCCD, UTSA will notify its matriculated students of the reverse transfer opportunity at DCCCD by the UTSA official email account. (Notification criteria have been pre-determined through the UTSA Articulation Officer and the UTSA Registrar’s Office.)
      3. Provide data concerning the performance of DCCCD students matriculated at UTSA as compared with native UTSA students per an established UTSA reporting format.
    2. DCCCD will collaborate with UTSA on the services listed above, provide the necessary contact information for students, and report any problems or challenges to the UTSA articulation officer in a timely manner. 
  6. Duration of this Agreement.
    1. This agreement shall become effective upon the approval by and signature of the President of UTSA and the Chancellor of DCCCD or his/her designee.
    2. Unless earlier terminated as provided below, this agreement shall remain in effect for a period of five years. At which time it may be renewed or modified by mutual consent in writing by both parties. 
    3. Either party may terminate this agreement upon 180 days written notice to the other party.
      1. Upon termination, the applicable transfer plans will be removed from the UTSA Web site.
      2. However, DCCCD students who matriculated before the termination of this agreement may continue to follow the transfer plans as long as the stated UTSA catalog is valid, which is seven years from the date that the student matriculated at DCCCD under such UTSA catalog and its corresponding transfer plan.
  7. Institutional Representatives.

    UTSA Articulation Officer
    Dr. Amir Karimi, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies 
    Office of Undergraduate Studies
    One UTSA Circle
    San Antonio,TX 78249
    Phone: (210) 458-5190; Fax: (210) 458-5189
    amir.karimi@utsa.edu

    Mr. Gregory E. Williams, District Director
    Transfer Services/Articulation & University Relations
    1601 South Lamar
    Dallas, TX 75215
    Phone: (214) 378-1742
    g.williams@dcccd.edu

    If any of the information relating to a party’s institutional representative changes during the term of this agreement, then such party will provide written notification of such changes to the other party.


    The University of Texas at San Antonio

    ____________________________________ 
    Ricardo Romo, Ph.D, President
     
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    Date 
    Dallas County Community College District

     ____________________________________
    Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.    Chancellor

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    Date