Texas A&M Launches Transfer Partnership With Community Colleges

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Students at nine community colleges in Texas will have greater opportunity to complete their college degrees as Texas Aggies, thanks to a new transfer partnership with Texas A&M University.

The pilot program, to begin in the spring of 2007, will be launched at a signing ceremony and luncheon program Friday, Dec. 8.

The nine participating community colleges for the new program include Blinn College’s four campuses in Bryan, Brenham, Schulenburg, and Sealy; Collin County Community College District in Allen; Del Mar College in Corpus Christi; Richland College in Dallas; Northeast Campus, Tarrant County College District in Fort Worth; Central Campus of the San Jacinto College District in Pasadena; South Texas College in McAllen; and two colleges in San Antonio--Palo Alto and San Antonio.

Under the agreement, students attending these colleges who complete 24 hours with a 3.0 grade-point average will be guaranteed transfer admission to Texas A&M in a specified degree plan for Texas A&M’s Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Geosciences, or Science, or for Texas A&M University at Galveston.

“We are excited about this opportunity to formalize this program with several of our key community college partners,” said Mark Weichold, dean of undergraduate programs and associate provost for academic services. “We believe this initiative promises to be a tremendous avenue for helping students transfer to Texas A&M to complete their upper level coursework and degrees.”

As part of the agreement, personnel at Texas A&M’s eight Regional Prospective Student Centers will help facilitate the new program. Located in proximity to the community college sites, the centers’ admissions and financial aid counselors will visit the colleges to provide information and advising services to interested students.