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Kilgore College, Texas A&M—Texarkana sign articulation agreement

Kilgore College, Texas A&M—Texarkana sign articulation agreement

POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 4:20pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 8:52am

Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda is pleased to announce that KC and Texas A&M University—Texarkana have signed an articulation agreement.

Officials from the two schools met in Kilgore Jan. 18 to sign a Reciprocal Articulation Agreement that will offer students at KC and A&M—Texarkana access to more enhanced educational opportunities.

The agreement, signed by Holda and A&M—Texarkana President Dr. C.B. Rathburn III, is effective through August 31, 2014.

Holda said he believes the agreement will serve as a benefit to students.

“Kilgore College has much to gain by working with the colleges in our region for the benefit of our students,” Holda said. “The articulation with A&M—Texarkana will provide our students with additional options as they try to seamlessly further their educational objectives. I knew President Rathburn when he was president at Galveston College and he very clearly understands the world of the community college and the value which transfer students bring to the university environment.”

Rathburn said that officials at A&M—Texarkana are also very excited about the agreement.

“Texas A&M University—Texarkana is honored to be in partnership with Kilgore College to open an affordable new pathway for KC students to complete their bachelor’s and advanced degrees in an exciting new campus environment,” Rathburn said.

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 1,950 students and offers a variety of degree programs under the umbrella of three colleges: College of Business, College of Education and Liberal Arts and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The university opened its first residence hall in August 2011 and construction will begin soon on a second residence hall and dining hall that will open in 2013.

A capital campaign drive is underway to raise funds for the construction of a 14,000 square foot Student Engagement Center.

The university has also launched a sports club program, called Eagle Athletics, offering students opportunities to compete in tennis, golf, soccer, crew and cross country.

A dance team has also been established. A&M-Texarkana is a proud member of The Texas A&M University System.

The objectives of the agreement are:

• To transition qualified students from KC to A&M—Texarkana and from A&M–Texarkana back to KC to promote the completion of the Associate’s Degree at KC.
• To ensure, through clear communication, the efficient and orderly movement of students from KC to A&M—Texarkana, while promoting continuous advancement in learning.
• To provide specific advisement for all students at KC who intend to pursue a degree at A&M—Texarkana.
• To establish academic and administrative coordination between KC 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 Kilgore College and A&M—Texarkana 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 KC students to complete an associate degree under the terms of the agreement after transfer to A&M—Texarkana.

From: Kilgore College

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