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UTSA-TSTC agreement helps students earn degrees

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(July 9, 2008)--The University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State Technical College Harlingen (TSTC) recently signed a general articulation agreement, which will help more students earn UTSA bachelor's degrees. The new agreement will open the way for students to transfer credit hours from TSTC to UTSA.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo and UTSA Vice President for Community Services Jude Valdez joined TSTC President J. Gilbert Leal for the June 17 signing at TSTC in Harlingen.

"UTSA is putting bachelor's degrees within reach for a traditionally under-served population," said Romo. "The university's agreement with Texas State Technical College in Harlingen improves access to higher education, opening additional doors for student success."

UTSA offers 64 bachelor's, 44 master's and 20 doctoral degree programs in the Graduate School and the colleges of architecture, business, education and human development, engineering, honors, liberal and fine arts, public policy and sciences.

The new articulation process will make it easier to transfer credits from TSTC associate's degree and certificate programs in agriculture, information technology and telecommunications, engineering and manufacturing, health and sciences, business, commerce and service, and transportation and aviation. UTSA has 11 additional transfer articulation agreements with community colleges across Central and South Texas.

In serving South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, UTSA has a full-time admissions representative based in the region to assist students with the admission process. To facilitate continued success and growth, UTSA has reached out to the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce and the City of Harlingen to discuss ways to inform graduating UTSA students of employment opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley.

UTSA is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a premier public research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

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