Texas Wesleyan University

General Articulation Agreement

Between
Texas Wesleyan University

and 

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)
on behalf of
Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Eastfield College, El Centro College,
Mountain View College, North Lake College and Richland College

 

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), a Texas Political Subdivision of higher education on behalf of Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Eastfield College, El Centro College, Mountain View College, North Lake College, Richland College and Texas Wesleyan University, a  public institution of higher education, organized and existing under the laws of the State of Texas, whose principle place of business is 1201 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76105, enter into the following agreement. Texas Wesleyan University hereafter referred to as "TWU" in the following agreement.

 

TERMS and CONDITIONS

To facilitate the process of student transfer, TWU and DCCCD have agreed to the following:

General Admission:

  1. DCCCD students who follow the recommended program of study - the common core and transfer curriculum - and who meet all other admissions requirements and deadlines pertaining to application for admission, orientation and registration, and payment of tuition and fees shall be eligible for admission to TWU Transfer students must meet the same standards and criteria for admission to a major degree sequence as a native TWU student. They will abide by the policies and procedures, along with any revisions thereof that apply to all students at that institution. 
  2. Transfer students from the colleges of DCCCD are to adhere to TWU's admission requirements based on the catalog year in effect at the time the student first enters one of DCCCD's colleges, provided that the student maintains continuous enrollment. 

Guaranteed Admission:

  1. DCCCD students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale entering under the terms of this agreement are guaranteed admission in the university. DCCCD students who meet the general admission requirements of TWU with a completed the core curriculum or Associate of Arts/Science degree, will receive automatic admission to TWU. 
  2. While admission to TWU does not guarantee admission to all degree granting programs, majors, minors or fields of concentration, incoming transfer students shall be able to compete for admission to specific programs on the same basis as students native to the TWU. 

Acceptance of Transferable Credits and Core Curriculum:

  1. DCCCD shall endeavor, through articulated transfer pathways (A.A./A.S.) or program-to-program (A.A.S.) agreements entered into in accordance with this General Articulation, to partner with TWU that shall accept at least sixty (60) transferable college level credits. 
  2. Transfer students will receive academic credit for transferable college level courses only completed with a grade of "C" or better, unless stated otherwise in TWU's catalog.  
  3. Remedial/developmental or technical/vocational courses will not be included for transfer in this General Articulation Agreement from individually accredited colleges unless specified by individual colleges in a separate Program-to-Program Articulation Agreement. 
  4. TWU will accept transferable college level courses from the DCCCD without regard to institutional modality including, but not limited to, online courses and programs, Dual Enrollment credits, and Early College High School classes. 
  5. TWU and the DCCCD will work cooperatively to create a mutually acceptable articulation appeal process for reviewing credits not accepted in transfer admission at TWU.  
  6. Completion of the DCCCD Core Curriculum, a forty-two (42) semester credit hour general program of study, will transfer as a block and will satisfy lower-division general education requirements at TWU unless a specific core curriculum is established in a transfer pathway agreement, as mandated by Texas Statutes for all public higher education institutions. 
  7. DCCCD students transferring with an A.A. or A.S. degree shall not be required to take additional general education/core courses at TWU (with the exception of the TWU Courses); unless a specific core curriculum is established in a transfer pathway agreement. 

Acceptance of DCCCD Associate Degrees:

  1. This agreement establishes the principle that the following Associate Degrees: Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) will transfer to TWU as a block. A transfer associate degree is treated as a whole: the components are not examined separately to determine transferability. 
  2. While a transfer associate degree will transfer as a block, it is for the purpose of guaranteed admission. The needed courses and course alignment in order to achieve the acceptance AND application of an associate degree in its entirety to a specific discipline at TWU will be specified in detail in a Transfer Pathway Agreement (A.A./A.S./A.A.T.) or Program-to-Program Agreement (A.A.T.) between one DCCCD college and a college/school/center at TWU. 

Pre-Admission:

  1. A DCCCD student is eligible to apply for the benefit of Pre-Admission status at TWU upon the student's first enrollment at one college of DCCCD, or at any time thereafter. 
  2. Pre-admission students who have a TWU I.D. card will have access to TWU Libraries. Pre-admission students will have the right to purchase tickets and attend student events on TWU campus.  
  3. TWU on-site admissions events will be held at DCCCD at least once a year. 

Honors Program:

DCCCD and TWU will develop a smooth transition for qualified students wishing to enter TWU Honors Program. Acceptance to TWU Honors Programs requires a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better on all college work. TWU Honors Program will work with DCCCD to determine an appropriate number of semester hours, up to 12 hours, of honors credit with a grade of B or better earned at DCCCD that will count toward 24 hours required for Honors Program recognition upon graduation from TWU. 

Transfer Information:

  1. The Office of Transfer and Articulation Services at the DCCCD District Office and TWU will work together to provide appropriate transfer information (specific transfer pathways will be developed by faculty from DCCCD and faculty from TWU). These Course Equivalency Guides will utilize the Texas Common Course Numbering System to identify the courses to be completed at DCCCD that will apply toward pre-requisites or requirements for a major at TWU. (Transfer Guides & Course Equivalency Guides provide information of general transferable courses but do not guarantee the definite applicability of those courses into specific degree plans.)  
  2. By creating these Transfer Guides and Course Equivalency Guides, TWU and DCCCD assure students that courses listed in these guides are freely transferable between both institutions. (The applicability of courses into specific degree plans are guaranteed exclusively by articulated pathway agreements.)   
  3. TWU will create a webpage at TWU's website with detailed information regarding any type of transfer agreements and transfer process for DCCCD students.
    • Overview of general pre-transfer and admissions process.
    • Overview of post-transfer services and supports.
    • Financial resources for transfer students
    • Encouragement to students to complete the associate degree before transferring for admissions, financial aids, and academic advantages.
    • Indication to the existence of specific agreement(s) and an official list of all articulated transfer pathways approved by DCCCD and TWU.  

Scholarships:

TWU will provide additional opportunities for DCCCD students to learn about TWU scholarships. TWU will host events for DCCCD Rising Star Scholars, Phi Theta Kappa Scholars students and others interested in learning about how one can afford to complete a bachelor's degree.

Completion of an Associate Degree/Reverse Transfer:

    1. "Reverse Transfer" allows students to transfer course work from TWU back to DCCCD to complete 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 the DCCCD prior to degree completion. TWU and the DCCCD will develop a reverse transfer process to provide students with the opportunity to complete the associate degree while working on their TWU bachelor's degree. Student records will be exchanged between and the DCCCD for this purpose, strictly adhering to all privacy regulations and ensuring compliance with FERPA.

      Any student who transfers from a college within DCCCD, has completed 30 college-level credit hours of the associate degree and has subsequently completed degree requirements at TWU, which may qualify the student for an associate degree at a college within DCCCD, is eligible for "reverse transfer" from TWU.

      Earned hours must include the courses required by the Texas Higher Education Act as set forth in Subchapter F, sections 51.301 and 51.302 (six semester hours in U.S./Texas government and six hours in U.S./Texas history), as amended.

    2. TWU and DCCCD acknowledge that educational records maintained by each institution are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the regulations promulgated under its authority. Both institutions agree to comply with FERPA regulations, and implement appropriate procedures to ensure that confidential information is not disclosed or distributed.
      1. For purposes of this Agreement, pursuant to FERPA, TWU hereby designates authorized employees of DCCCD who are working under this Agreement as a school official with a legitimate educational interest in the educational records of TWU students who receive or who are eligible for reverse articulation of credit. DCCCD agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the educational records in accordance with the provisions of FERPA. DCCCD acknowledges and agrees that it is not allowed to share such educational records, or any part thereof, with any third party.
      2. For purposes of this Agreement, pursuant to FERPA, DCCCD hereby designates authorized employees of TWU who are working under this Agreement as a school official with a legitimate educational interest in the educational records of DCCCD students who receive or who are eligible for reverse articulation of credit. TWU agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the educational records in accordance with the provisions of FERPA.  TWU acknowledges and agrees that it is not allowed to share such educational records, or any part thereof, with any third party. TWU understands DCCCD's mission of educating members of its service area and of awarding associate degrees. Therefore, TWU will assist DCCCD in its mission by providing the following services:
        1. Upon request of DCCCD, TWU will notify its matriculated students of the reverse transfer opportunity at DCCCD by the student's preferred email account.
        2. TWU will provide data concerning the performance of DCCCD students matriculated TWU as compared with native TWU students per an established TWU reporting format.  Separate academic records for students will be maintained at each institution. Authorized employees of DCCCD and University will have access to personally identifiable information about the students who receive or who are eligible for reverse articulation of credit. DCCCD and TWU will ensure their institutional compliance with FERPA regulations.
        3. Each October or at other appropriate intervals agreed upon by both parties, TWU will review its student records and determine which students are eligible for the reverse articulation of credit pursuant to the following criteria: (i) the TWU student previously transferred coursework from DCCCD, (ii) the student has indicated an interest in reverse articulation of credit and (iii) the student completed at least 30 semester credit hours at DCCCD and additional semester credit hours at TWU to total 66 semester hours. TWU will securely transmit official electronic copies (SPEEDE) of these students' transcripts to the following:

          DCCCD District Office of Academic and Student Records
          Attention:  Veronica Montero
          1601 South Lamar Street
          Dallas, Texas 75215-1816
        4. Upon receipt of University transcript information, DCCCD will conduct a degree audit of each eligible student and evaluate all coursework that may apply to the completion of the student's associate degree at DCCCD. Students who meet all DCCCD degree requirements are eligible to receive an associate degree from a college of DCCCD at no additional cost to the student. Colleges within DCCCD will notify each student that he or she is eligible to receive an associate degree and eligible to participate in DCCCD's graduation ceremony. 
        5. Upon request by the student, DCCCD will securely transmit official electronic copies (SPEEDE) of students' transcripts to TWU.
        6. District Office of Systemic Reporting and Analytics of DCCCD will provide TWU bi-annual summary reports of associate degrees conferred based on reverse transfer from TWU.
    3. DCCCD will collaborate with TWU on the services listed above, contact students as committed above, and report any problems or challenges to the TWU Articulation Officer in a timely manner.
    4. DCCCD agrees to request student information from the TWU Office of Institutional Research for monitoring and enhancing student academic success. The information may also be used to enhance curricular offerings.

General Provisions:

  1. University Marks.  Once this agreement is signed by the appropriate officials at DCCCD and TWU, each is free to publicize this arrangement in a manner consistent with the agreement. DCCCD understands and acknowledges that The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System owns all rights to the name, logos, and symbols of Texas Wesleyan University ("TWU Marks"), and any use of TWU Marks by DCCCD must have prior written approval of TWU. Any materials produced and distributed by DCCCD and/or TWU which uses the name, image, likeness or specifically references this agreement or makes any general representation regarding each other's institution must be approved by the respective party in writing prior to its use. Each of the parties shall remain the sole owner of all rights in and to its respective name, tradenames, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, patents and other intellectual property rights, as the same now exist or as they may hereafter be modified in the future by either party during the term of this Agreement (collectively, the "Intellectual Property Rights"). 
  2. The Agreement and all of the rights and obligations and terms and conditions hereof will be construed, interpreted and applied in accordance with and governed by and enforced under the laws of the State of Texas.
  3. Amendments. This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by a written instrument executed by both parties. The Chancellor of DCCCD and the President of TWU or their designees must approve amendments to this Agreement.
  4. Severability. If any of the provisions or portions of this Agreement are invalid under any applicable statute or rule of law, they are to that extent to be deemed omitted.
  5. No Financial Implication. No financial implications concerning the transfer or exchange of cash, equipment, or real estate is intended or implied by this Agreement. TWU and the seven colleges of DCCCD are separate and independent institutions of higher education and intend to remain so. The administrators of TWU and DCCCD are authorized to prepare and implement plans of action and procedures necessary to effect this Agreement
  6. Exclusivity. This instrument in no way prohibits either party from participating in similar activities with other public or private agencies, organizations, and individuals.
  7. Exemptions, Privileges, and Immunities. It is expressly agreed and understood between the parties that nothing contained herein shall be construed to constitute a waiver by either DCCCD or TWU of its right to claim such exemptions, privileges, and immunities as may be provided by law. None of the terms of this Agreement shall be deemed to be waived, in whole or in part, by either party unless such waiver is in writing and executed by authorized representatives of both parties. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be deemed a waiver of, or render unenforceable, any other provision of this Agreement.
  8. Each party and its directors, officers, shareholders, members, principals, participants, employees, and agents shall comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and codes, including the identification and procurement of required permits, certificates, approvals, and inspections, if any, related to the performance of this Agreement. 

Agreement Continuation and Termination:

This Agreement shall be reviewed on a bi-annual, every other year, basis or any time degree program changes are to be made by either institution. Any program changes will be identified and incorporated into subsequent agreements, Transfer Pathway or Program-to-Program Agreements.

By signing, each party recognizes the commitment to exchange only the most current, accurate information and data.

This agreement shall become effective upon full execution of the Agreement and unless terminated earlier as provided below, this Agreement will 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. Either party may terminate this Agreement upon 180 days' written notice to the Chancellor of DCCCD or designee and President of TWU, or designee.

    1. Upon termination, the applicable Transfer Pathway or Program-to-Program Agreements will be removed from the TWU web site.
    2. However, DCCCD students who matriculated before the termination of this Agreement may continue to follow the Transfer Pathway or Program-to-Program Agreements as long as the stated TWU catalog is valid, which is six years from the date that the student matriculated at DCCCD under such TWU catalog and its corresponding Transfer Pathway or Program-to-Program Agreements.
    3. Should this Agreement be terminated, DCCCD students who are in the process of seeking admission to TWU at the time of termination shall be allowed to complete the application process and, should they be admitted to TWU, receive the benefits under the terms of this agreement.

The Registrar at TWU will collaborate with the District Office of Academic and Student Records at DCCCD district office to share information, as permitted by law, about students enrolled at TWU who could have sufficient hours to receive an associate degree from DCCCD. The Registrar at TWU will send all reverse transfer transcripts to the following address when requested by DCCCD:

                        DCCCD District Office of Academic and Student Records
                        Attention:  Veronica Montero
                        1601 South Lamar Street
                        Dallas, Texas  75215-1816

Communication and Data Exchange:

  1. The Office of Transfer and Articulation Services at the DCCCD District Office serves as the liaison office to establish routine communication mechanisms with TWU for addressing issues or problems associated with student transfer.
  2. TWU will provide notification to the seven colleges of the DCCCD, at or before execution of the Transfer Agreement, of selection criteria for limited access programs. 
  3. TWU and the DCCCD agree to exchange annual data reports and documents in a mutually agreeable fashion that will contribute to the maintenance and improvement of these transfer arrangements and promote effective cooperation between the two institutions. The institutions will exchange admissions, academic performance and retention data after obtaining appropriate permission from the students involved and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws. (See Attachment One for Data information) 
  4. DCCCD will provide names and contact information of students to TWU each fall of DCCCD graduates and current students with at least 30 SCH (Semester Credit Hour) and with "Transfer" intentions disclosed to enable the sharing of transfer information. Information will be shared in accordance with applicable law.

Joint Obligations:

  1. TWU and DCCCD will work to identify ways to strengthen pathways for transfer and degree attainment for students. 
  2. Official list of programs for all associate degrees for which articulation agreements have been approved by both DCCCD and TWU will be made available at both institutions. 
  3. No transfer articulation materials developed by an articulating institution are valid without an Agreement signed by DCCCD.

Evaluation:

The continuous partnership between TWU and DCCCD will be determined by an evaluation process to be established by the DCCCD and incorporated by reference into each transfer agreement. (See Attachment Two)

A bi-annual, every other year, evaluation process will be administered by the District Office of Transfer and Articulation Services.  An advisory group, consisting of faculty, administrators and college representatives, will evaluate the performance of partner institutions.

Agreement Continuation and Dissolution:

This agreement shall be reviewed on a bi-annual, every other year, basis or any time program changes are to be made by either institution. Any program changes will be identified and incorporated into subsequent agreements. DCCCD Presidents and the President of TWU, or their designees must approve amendments to this agreement. Any other modifications to this agreement may be made following written notice from DCCCD Presidents and the President of TWU, or their designees. Once this agreement is signed by the appropriate officials at DCCCD and TWU, each is free to publicize this arrangement in a manner consistent with the agreement. This articulation agreement shall remain in effect until one or both institutions deem it necessary to terminate it.

By signing, each party recognizes the commitment to exchange only the most current, accurate information and data. This agreement may be terminated by either party by giving written notice of said party's intention to the Presidents of DCCCD or designee and President of TWU, or designee.

This agreement shall become effective                    and shall remain in effect until terminated by either party.  Termination can be processed when either TWU or DCCCD give written notice to the other institution 180 days prior to the requested termination date. 

In witness whereof, the authorized representatives of the parties have executed this agreement on this the ______day of______, _____.

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Frederick G. Slabach, President
Texas Wesleyan University

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Joe D. May, Chancellor
Dallas County Community College District

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Dr. Thom D. Chesney
President, Brookhaven College

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Dr. Joseph Seabrooks
President, Cedar Valley College

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Dr. Jean Conway
President, Eastfield College

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Dr. Jose Adames
President, El Centro College

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Dr. Robert Garza
President, Mountain View College

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Dr. Christa Slejko
President , North Lake College

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Dr. Kathryn K. Eggleston
President, Richland College

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