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TJC, Texas A&M Texarkana sign agreement

Published Tuesday, 31st July 2012

TJC, Texas A&M Texarkana sign agreement

Representatives from Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M University-Texarkana met today, 11-11-11 at 11:00 a.m., at Tyler Junior College, to sign a Reciprocal Articulation Agreement that will offer students at TJC and A&M-Texarkana access to educational opportunities. The Agreement is effective through August 31, 2014. The Agreement was signed by Tyler Junior College President Dr. L. Michael Metke and A&M-Texarkana President Dr. C.B. Rathburn III during a signing ceremony.

The objectives of the Agreement are:

A. To transition qualified students from TJC to A&M-Texarkana and from A&M-Texarkana back to TJC to promote the completion of the Associates Degree at TJC.
B. To ensure, through clear communication, the efficient and orderly movement of students from TJC to A&M-Texarkana, while promoting continuous advancement in learning.
C. To provide specific advisement for all students at TJC who intend to pursue a degree at A&M-Texarkana.
D. To establish academic and administrative coordination between TJC and A&M-Texarkana and the exchange of evaluative information on the outcomes of the program, with the goal of continuous improvement.

Furthermore, the agreement will enable A&M-Texarkana and TJC to jointly facilitate and support consultation and collaboration between their facilities related to the Agreement, general education, degree requirements and other academic matters.
The intent of the Agreement is to encourage completion of the Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees. It will encourage TJC students to complete an associate degree under the terms of the Agreement after transfer to A&M-Texarkana.

Officials representing both institutions are very pleased to have an opportunity to work together on this important Agreement. "We are excited to enter into an agreement with such a fine university as Texas A&M University – Texarkana," said TJC President Dr. L. Michael Metke. "More importantly, we are pleased to offer to our students another pathway toward completing a degree without obstacles. Our thanks to Dr. Rathburn and the other fine partners who helped make this possible."Officials at A&M-Texarkana are also very excited about the agreement according to A&M-Texarkana President Dr. C.B. Rathburn III.

"Tyler Junior College has a national reputation for quality education and an exceptional campus life," said Rathburn. "Texas A&M University-Texarkana is honored to be in partnership with TJC to open an affordable new pathway for TJC students to complete their bachelors and advanced degrees in an exciting new campus environment."

A&M-Texarkana is located on a newly developed 375 acre tract of land on the city’s north side near Bringle Lake. The university has a current enrollment of 1950 students. The university opened its first residence hall in August 2011 and plans are underway to construct a second residence hall beginning next spring, with a completion date in time for the fall 2013 semester. The university has also launched a new sports club program, called Eagle Athletics. Eagle Athletics offers students opportunities to compete in tennis, golf, soccer, crew, cross country, dance, cycling and skydiving. A&M-Texarkana is a proud member of The Texas A&M University System.

Since 1926, Tyler Junior College has been fulfilling three promises to its students and the Tyler area by providing a quality education, a vibrant student life and service to the community. The College maintains two campuses and three satellite locations, enrolling approximately 12,500 students this Fall semester. Whatever course of study students select, they find quality instruction, caring faculty, support services designed to help them achieve their academic goals and a vibrant student life like none other at the two-year college level. Through their studies and involvement in campus organizations, students come in contact with numerous opportunities for service learning, volunteerism and community assistance.

Fred M. Peters


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