San Jacinto College, A&M International sign articulation agreement
02.11.2015 | By Rob Vanya
The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees has approved an articulation agreement with Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), designed to create seamless transitions for San Jacinto College students and graduates seeking baccalaureate and masters degrees.
San Jacinto College students have transferred to TAMIU 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 a university and may describe articulation of credit not guaranteed by transfer plans or state regulations.”
TAMIU, located in Laredo, offers baccalaureate and masters programs, and stresses an international agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines. In particular, the agreement between the two colleges will create a seamless transfer for San Jacinto College students who earn associate degrees and who pursue bachelor’s degrees in business, biology, and criminal justice.
“Texas A&M International University is excited to join with San Jacinto College in helping students on their way to baccalaureate degrees and beyond,” said Dr. Kevin Lindberg, TAMIU associate provost. “This partnership offers students an opportunity not only to advance the already fine education they receive at San Jacinto College, but to enrich that experience in a truly international atmosphere. We look forward to showing students just what this means, and what a difference it can make in preparing for the next step in life.”
The articulation agreement will feature some cost savings. Application and admission fees to TAMIU will be waived for San Jacinto College students transferring under the agreement.
Under the articulation agreement, San Jacinto College students earning associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science, or associate of arts in teaching degrees with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater will be guaranteed admission to TAMIU. A maximum of 60 semester credit hours earned at San Jacinto College with a grade of C or better will be accepted and applied to designated TAMIU degree plans.
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 approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are 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.