Texas College and the University of Texas at Tyler entered into a groundbreaking partnership for their students. The two institutions of higher education signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday, March 23, 2018 to celebrate the development of a new relationship focused on providing research and transfer opportunities for students at Texas College.
The memorandum includes two key components: 2+2 Agreements, which will provide pathways for Texas College undergraduate students to transfer into select undergraduate programs at UTT, and a 4+1 Agreement, which will provide opportunities to allow Texas College undergraduate students to begin limited studies in selected master’s programs at UT Tyler as they complete their degrees at Texas College.
Texas College Vice President of Academic Affairs Stephen Jones said the program will initially focus on engineering and life sciences partnerships. “It’s really about developing a relationship, once they go to a campus this large, they can get lost,” Jones said. “We’re excited to help offer different experiences.” Students will be able to begin taking courses at UT Tyler by this summer. Jones said the first group would be small, likely comprised of about 15 of the school’s Legacy Scholarship recipients.
Texas College President Dwight Fennell said he was proud to help build a pathway that will not only benefit his students, but the Tyler area as well. “It’s a great experience for us, coming from a small liberal arts community to a research-based institution,” Fennell said.
UT Tyler President Michael Tidwell said the agreement was a natural fit for the two schools. “We had a great opportunity to sign (the MoU) with the oldest college in Tyler,” Tidwell said. “The greater the connectivity of institutions in our community, the greater the impact we will have.”
The memorandum will go into effect this summer and remain in place for three years.
Pictured above: University of Texas at Tyler Provost Dr. Amir Mirmiran, left, and Texas College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Jones, right, stand in support as UT-Tyler President Michael Tidwell, left, and Texas College President Dwight Fennell, right, sign a Memorandum of Understanding.