Submitted by Texas Southern University
Administrators from Texas Southern University (TSU) and the Houston Community College System (HCCS) recently signed a historic memorandum of understanding at the College of Education at TSU. The agreement provides the framework that will allow both institutions to ensure that students will have a seamless, cost-effective transfer from HCCS to TSU.
TSU President Dr. Austin Lane, TSU Board Chairman Derrick Mitchell, HCC Board of Trustees Chair Adriana Tamez, Ed.D., HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E., and HCC Trustee and two-time TSU alumnus Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Ed. D. were among the administrators in attendance.
“We are excited to partner with HCCS and strengthen the bonds of higher education between the campuses,” President Lane said. “This agreement allows us to develop programs that will enhance the educational experience of students attending both Houston Community College and Texas Southern. We are going to work in an aggressive manner and ensure that interested students know how to get from the community college system into a direct track that ends in a bachelor’s degree.”
The agreement recognizes both institutions as active educational partners committed to providing greater educational opportunities and services for students. Benefits to students will include scholarships, joint admission, and conditional admittance to TSU’s Honors College. Data sharing will contribute to the maintenance and efficiency of transfers, and promote effective cooperation between the two institutions. HCC will accept reverse transfer credits from TSU students who leave college prior to completion of their baccalaureate degree in order to complete the requirements for an HCC associate degree.
“This is the beginning of a great relationship for our students here at HCC,” Chancellor Maldonado said. “The enrollment and registration process will be taken care of when our students choose to transfer to TSU. All they have to do is show up to class. This is a great partnership that will not only save money for students, but will increase their success rates.”