TAMUK champions partnership through articulation agreement

STC, TAMUK administrators celebrate the signing of an agreement to ease student transfer between the institutions. Seated are TAMUK President Steven Tallant and STC President Shirley A. Reed. Standing from left are STC Dean for Bachelor Programs and University Relations Ali Esmaeili; TAMUK Chair for Education Mike F. Desiderio; STC Division Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Margaretha Bischoff; TAMUK Dean of the College of Education Marilyn J Bartlett; STC Vice President for Academic Affairs Juan Mejia; and STC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management William Serrata.

STC, TAMUK administrators celebrate the signing of an agreement to ease student transfer between the institutions. Seated are TAMUK President Steven Tallant and STC President Shirley A. Reed. Standing from left are STC Dean for Bachelor Programs and University Relations Ali Esmaeili; TAMUK Chair for Education Mike F. Desiderio; STC Division Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Margaretha Bischoff; TAMUK Dean of the College of Education Marilyn J Bartlett; STC Vice President for Academic Affairs Juan Mejia; and STC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management William Serrata.

South Texas College has extended its partnership with the region’s oldest university, Texas A&M University Kingsville, to facilitate student transfer between the institutions.Under the terms of the agreement, which was signed July 10, 2009, students will transfer seamlessly into TAMUK. In addition, students who began at STC and are now at TAMUK will have the option to reverse transfer credits from TAMUK to STC to fulfill requirements for the completion of associate degrees at the college.

“The TAMUK leadership team is extremely visionary and shares STC’s commitment to student and community success,” said Juan Mejia, STC vice president for academic affairs. “The signing ceremony marks another milestone towards a more prosperous south Texas.”

Additionally, TAMUK will provide counselors to visit STC’s campuses to advise students on degree options and plans.

“We expect to have more than 40,000 students at STC by 2020 and so it is key to form alliances with regional partners now to create a solid pipeline for our students to complete their higher educations at prestigious institutions like TAMUK,” said Dr. Shirley A. Reed, STC president. “It’s a terrific option for our students to be able to continue on at TAMUK and receive a great education, at an affordable price, close to home.”

The agreement also enables students graduating with an Associate of Art in Teaching (AAT) to transfer to TAMUK after spending almost three years, a total of 74 college credit hours, at STC and then only one year, or 54 college credit hours, at TAMUK.

“TAMUK has a lot to offer your students and we are so pleased to work closely with STC to make these agreements a reality,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, TAMUK president. “We know this is the start of a wonderful relationship and we are very impressed with STC, its leadership and its student body. I guarantee we will extend our partnership further in the future.”

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