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​For immediate release - January 2007

(DALLAS) – Students enrolled in the Dallas County Community College District face many decisions when they graduate and decide to transfer to a four-year college or university. Several new partnerships between DCCCD and other higher education institutions in this area and beyond now provide additional options that they can consider — including both Web-based learning and on-campus classes.

Those new agreements include partnerships with these colleges and universities:

  • Art Institute of Dallas With El Centro College — All DCCCD associate degrees in arts, teaching and applied sciences will transfer as a block to AID; courses are not examined separately to determine whether they are eligible for transfer. DCCCD graduates will not have to repeat lower-division requirements at AID, and they are guaranteed admission to the institute if they have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Those students who wish to transfer without an associate degree from DCCCD in interior design, who have all courses number 1000 and above and who have a grade of “C” or better will be accepted for transfer; those credits will be treated as an elective, general education requirement or an exemption or replacement for a required course. DCCCD students also must meet all of AID’s applicable requirements and deadlines pertaining to their application for admission, orientation, registration and payment of tuition and fees.

    DCCCD and AID officials met and formalized this agreement during a signing ceremony in December 2006. “We are excited to provide this transfer option to DCCCD students, and we look forward to our continuing partnership with the Art Institute of Dallas,” said Dr. Micheal Jackson, interim president of El Centro College. Participants at the ceremony also signed a similar agreement with the Art Institute of Houston.

  • Northwood University With El Centro College — This transfer agreement enables El Centro College and DCCCD to increase the number and quality of students who want to transfer from ECC to Northwood’s fashion marketing program and also to encourage those students to pursue a bachelor’s degree. DCCCD students who successfully complete an associate degree in applied sciences from El Centro will be able to transfer a block of at least 71 credit hours to their Northwood University degree. Those transfer courses must meet the Northwood University required GPA and the minimum grade per course (“C” or better) for transferring to NU. DCCCD students who meet those requirements will receive automatic admission to Northwood University.

  • Midwestern State University – DCCCD students interested in workforce education, vocational/technical training and/or professional experience in occupational fields can pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences at MSU. Students interested in this degree must complete the academic core requirements, 30 hours of advanced credit that is complementary to the vocational/technical or professional area, and any additional hours needed to meet the 124-hour university requirement as stated in MSU’s catalog.
  • Excelsior College — Using distance learning, DCCCD students can transfer up to 90 applicable academic credit hours from the district to Excelsior College as they work to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Excelsior, based in New York, requires those students who are transferring to be enrolled at that institution before those credits are placed on the college’s transcripts and to have paid its required fees.

  • Strayer University — Virginia-based Strayer University is offering a distance learning opportunity to DCCCD students who want to transfer courses and credit hours. The maximum number of transfer credits accepted from DCCCD will equal the minimum number of credits required to complete a specific associate degree program. Strayer will accept only courses with a grade of “C” or better from DCCCD students who have not completed the requirements for an associate degree from the district.

For more information, contact Gregg Williams, district director of transfer services/articulation and university relations, at (214) 860-2185.

Photo caption: Simon Lumley, president of AID, (left) and Dr. Micheal Jackson, interim president of El Centro College, sign the new articulation (transfer) agreement between the two institutions.

Press contact: Ann Hatch, 214-860-2478