University of Louisiana - Monroe

Memorandum of Understanding
Between
Dallas County Community College District
and
The University of Louisiana-Monroe

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) summarizes an educational partnership agreement between Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) to provide undergraduate educational opportunities for students who may attend both institutions.  Both institutions are committed to seamless transfer so students may successfully complete their academic goals. This agreement ensures that each institution serves the needs of students by providing them with appropriate and accurate transfer and advising information. Specifically, the MOU addresses both course and program transfer and articulation agreements

GOALS

The goals of this agreement are to:
  • Improve the transfer and advising process for the benefit of students
  • Develop an expanded course articulation crosswalk
  • Identify high student interest degree programs at each institution and develop specific degree program articulation agreements (i.e., 2+2, 3+1, or course by course)
  • Identify faculty members in each program who will coordinate and serve as advisors for students transferring in designated programs
  • Improve collegiality and communication among college and university discipline faculty and administrators
  • Outline the transfer student scholarship opportunities

In order to facilitate and improve the transfer process for our students, Dallas County Community College District and The University of Louisiana at Monroe hereby enter into the following agreement:

PROVISIONS OF ARTICULATION AGREEMENT

  1. The institutions will develop and maintain an Expanded Articulation Crosswalk, (Appendix A).
  2. The institutions will develop common degree plans by major and will clearly delineate courses to be taken at DCCCD and those to be completed at ULM. These specified, individualized plans will be an informal contract between the two institutions and the students who choose to participate. These plans will guarantee to the DCCCD student that the prescribed courses may be used toward a specific degree plan at ULM (see Appendix B for designated degree plans).
  3. The institutions will create a dual admissions program for the 2+2 degree programs (2 year associate degree earned at community + 2 years of study at the university resulting in a baccalaureate degree). Students admitted into DCCCD, who choose an approved common degree plan and who meet all ULM admissions requirements, will receive admission to ULM upon satisfactorily completing an Associate of Arts 2+2 degree plan with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0). All courses and grades will transfer for GPA purposes; only courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better will be accepted by ULM. This dual admission component refers to university admission only. Other programs, such as the professional programs may specify additional requirements.
  4. The specific degree plan will be developed for each student as an informal contract with the student which will be valid providing the student completes all degree requirements at ULM within six (6) years of the date of the ULM catalog selected. An "Intent to Transfer" form must be completed, signed by the student, and signed by a representative of both institutions to serve as the student's written guarantee of retaining the curriculum in effect on the date signed (see Appendix C).
  5. The Expanded Articulation Crosswalk and degree program articulations will be reviewed annually by the Chief Academic Officer or designee at each institution.
  6. The institutions may add new courses and edit course offerings when necessary to improve student transfers between institutions.
  7. The institutions will engage in joint marketing efforts to promote the articulation partnership. Promotional efforts will include, but are not limited to, links on respective Web sites for placement of articulation agreements, information in the institutional catalog, and transfer information in other college/university publications.
    DCCCD will make available a list of graduates and their corresponding degree programs and mailing addresses upon request of the receiving university in an effort to avail and encourage graduates to further their higher education at a 4-year institution.
  8. The institutions will strive to meet annually with the university and college discipline faculty and administrators. These meetings will be directed by the chief academic officer or designee.
  9. Students from DCCCD who wish to transfer to ULM will be eligible for an out of state tuition waiver if they have completed 12 semester hours of college credit, have a cumulative GPA  of 2.5 on all college level work, have no remedial requirements, and are eligible to return to previous institution.
  10. DCCCD students are eligible for the ULM Community College Achievement Award ($1,000 per year/$2,000 total) if they have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. for 45-70 hours credit (excluding developmental).  This award is valid for 4 semesters or graduation, whichever comes first.  Students must maintain fulltime continuous enrollment at ULM, and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA of 12 credits per semester as well as a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  11. DCCCD students are eligible for the ULM Phi Theta Kappa Award ($1200 per year/$2400 total) if they have a 3.5 or higher cumulative collegiate GPA maintain fulltime continuous enrollment at ULM, and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA of 12 credits per semester as well as a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  This award is not combinable with any other ULM institutional award. 

 TERMS

This agreement shall be effective on July, 2009, and shall continue until terminated by either party giving one year written notice to the other party in order to protect all students transferring between institutions.

  NOTICE

Any changes to this Memorandum of Understanding must be in writing and delivered by certified mail or by personal delivery to the person to be notified.  

In witness whereof, the authorized representatives of the parties have executed this agreement on  July 1, 2009.

Dallas County Community College District

___________________________________
Dr. Wright Lassiter, Jr.
Chancellor    

The University of Louisiana at Monroe

_________________________________________________
Dr. James Cofer
President


Contact information at Dallas County Community College District:

Gregg Williams
Transfer Services/Articulation and University Relations
1601 South Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
214-378-1742 (phone)
214-378-1710 (fax)
g.williams@dcccd.edu          

Contact information at The University of Louisiana at Monroe:

Dr. Eric Pani
Associate Provost
Coordinator Academic Affairs 
Library Suite 640
Monroe, LA. 71209
(Ph) 318-342-1015 
pani@ulm.edu

Julia Barnhill
Special Projects
Academic Affairs
Library Suite 640
Monroe, LA 71209
(Ph) 318-342-1023
barnhill@ulm.edu


Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C
Intent to Participate in 2+2 Program


Transfer Guides