Articulation agreement strengthens partnership between San Jacinto College, TSU
06.16.2014 | By Rob Vanya
Administrators shown signing the articulation agreement between San Jacinto College and Texas Southern University (TSU) include, from left, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor; Dr. Catherine O’Brien; San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor for learning and assessment, Dr. James Ward, TSU provost; and Dr. John Rudley, TSU president. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Board of Trustees has approved an articulation agreement with Texas Southern University (TSU) designed to create seamless transitions for San Jacinto College students and graduates seeking baccalaureate, masters, and other advanced degrees.
San Jacinto College students have transferred to TSU through the years, but establishment of an articulation agreement between the two institutions is a positive step that will benefit students, according to Dr. Catherine O’Brien, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor for learning and assessment. “An articulation agreement is more specific than a transfer plan,” Dr. O’Brien explained. “Articulation agreements are also transfer plans, but they are more formal and may identify specific admission conditions to be accepted into a program or degree plan at TSU and may describe articulation of credit not guaranteed by transfer plans or state regulations.”
Dr. O’Brien said the articulation agreement should strengthen a partnership with a neighboring university that offers students a convenient location. “With our changing demographics, we are finding that students prefer to stay closer to home and family to go to school, which is why online colleges are so popular,” O’Brien commented. “TSU is close by, and certainly provides the option of staying close to home and gaining a quality education. Also, TSU has put in some new programs in recent years, for example aviation, and maritime transportation management. These mesh beautifully with programs that we also have. They are also well known for their established programs, such as communications, pharmacy school, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.”
TSU President Dr. John Rudley agrees with Dr. O’Brien that the articulation agreement will strengthen the partnership between the two colleges. “I believe San Jacinto College students will find Texas Southern University to be a good fit, and a natural next step as they pursue their educational and career goals,” Rudley commented. “Like San Jacinto College, Texas Southern offers smaller class sizes, which makes for a positive learning environment for students and professors. Texas Southern University is home to more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. We are proud of our heritage, and excited to serve an increasingly diverse student population.”
The articulation agreement will provide some cost savings. The TSU application and admission fee will be waived for San Jacinto College students transferring under the agreement.
Under the articulation agreement, San Jacinto College students earning an associate of arts, and associate of science, or an associate of arts in teaching with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater will be guaranteed admission to TSU. A maximum of 66 semester credit hours earned at San Jacinto College with a grade of C or better will be accepted and applied to designated TSU degree plans.
Also under the agreement, San Jacinto College students earning an associate of applied science degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater will be guaranteed admission to TSU. A maximum of 89 semester credit hours earned at San Jacinto College with a grade of C or better will be credited toward designated applied bachelor’s degree plans at TSU.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook.