Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville, TSTC-Harlingen Enter Into Joint Enrollment Agreement

KINGSVILLE - June 09, 2008

Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

Officials from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen signed a five-year joint enrollment agreement June 19 to allow students to be enrolled in both educational institutions simultaneously.

Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, president of A&M-Kingsville joined Dr. J. Gilbert Leal, TSTC president for the signing ceremony at the Harlingen campus. “This is a win-win agreement for all of South Texas as well as the institutions involved,” said Juárez. “This is the second joint enrollment agreement we have signed this year and we are planning more to come. These agreements allow Texas A&M-Kingsville to reach more students and expand our enrollment base throughout our region and the entire state.”

In March, Texas A&M-Kingsville signed a joint enrollment agreement with Blinn College which has four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy. Like the Blinn agreement, the new agreement allows TSTC students who sign up for the program to also enroll in A&M-Kingsville. Those students then have access to Texas A&M-Kingsville benefits such as the library and academic advising at the Kingsville campus, said Dr. Bill Kuvlesky Jr., assistant dean of the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, who spearheaded arranging the agreement.

Students admitted into the joint agreement program are admitted to A&M-Kingsville, but will still need to apply to certain programs that require a secondary application such as teacher education or engineering.

A big benefit for TSTC will be an expected increase in its graduation rate. Kuvlesky explained that many TSTC students transfer to a university before completing all their requirements for an associate’s degree. In what is called a reverse transfer, as the students move on to A&M-Kingsville and complete those required courses, transcripts will be sent to TSTC which can then issue an associate’s degree.

Kuvlesky said his college is not the only one in Kingsville that will benefit from the new accord. “We are expecting several new agriculture students this fall from this agreement, but as more students become aware of the program, we expect students in other disciplines to enroll as well.”

About Texas A&M-Kingsville

The only Doctoral/Research University found south of Austin, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the premiere university in South Texas with many of its programs reaching far beyond the boundaries of the region and the state. The Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences is home to the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management and awards the only master’s degree in ranch management in the world. It’s sister unit within the college, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, is the leading wildlife research organization in Texas and is known nationwide for its cutting-edge research conducted on local species such as white-tailed deer, the ocelot and bobwhite quail.

The Natural Toxins Research Center houses the only computer-controlled serpentarium in the United States and the bachelor’s degree in biomedical science is one of only five in the nation. The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering is home to the South Texas Environmental Institute that works to protect the environment through research in air and water quality. A&M-Kingsville also was home to the first doctoral degree in bilingual education in the U.S. more than 30 years ago, and that program continues to distinguish itself, now attracting students from across the nation and throughout the world who take the skills they learn back to their home communities.

About Texas State Technical College

Texas State Technical College was established in 1965 in Waco as the James Connally Technical Institute of Texas A&M University to meet evolving workforce needs. The Harlingen campus was opened in 1967 and in 1969, the institute separated from Texas A&M and became an independent state system with its own Board of Regents.

Today, the Texas State Technical College System has four colleges in Harlingen, Marshall, Waco and West Texas with more than 10,000 students enrolled in credit programs. It is the only state-supported technical college system in Texas.

TSTC Harlingen offers associate degree and certificate programs in agriculture, information technology and telecommunications, engineering and manufacturing, health and sciences, business, commerce and service and transportation and aviation.

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