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Collin College, UNT Sign Concurrent Admissions Agreement


Collin College and UNT Sign Concurrent Admissions Agreement

Aug. 11, 2000- Collin College and the University of North Texas agreed today to provide for concurrent admissions and to offer upper division and graduate UNT classes at CCCC's Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco.

Signing the agreement in a ceremony at University Hall on the CCCC Preston Ridge Campus were Dr. Alfred F. Hurley, chancellor and president of UNT; Cary A. Israel, president of Collin College, Bobby Ray, chair of the UNT Board of Regents; and Sam E. Roach, chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees.

The concurrent admissions program allows students who meet UNT admissions requirements, including incoming freshmen, to apply simultaneously to Collin College and UNT. Collin College students who participate in the college's emerging scholars program, learning community program or Honors Institute, or who complete an associate's degree, also may receive automatic admission to UNT.

The agreement identifies interdisciplinary studies (elementary education), criminal justice, engineering technology (electronics engineering) and selected business programs for initial delivery on the junior and senior level. Graduate programs could include engineering technology, technical writing and business administration, the agreement says.

Collin College students who are granted concurrent admission will have access to the UNT libraries, may purchase student ticket guest tickets to athletic events and other UNT campus events, may apply for designated scholarships and will be given a smooth transition into the UNT University Honors Program.

"This is the first agreement of this kind in Texas," Israel said. "It allows the maximum amount of flexibility for our students. I think having such privileges at one of the state's leading universities will be a major benefit for our students. We will start with those four programs, and we hope to expand the agreement to other programs in the near future."

Roach, a Frisco resident, added, "We are expanding the opportunities for our Collin County communities in several critical areas and laying the groundwork for what we believe will be a long and beneficial agreement with a great university." UNT and Collin College agreed to cooperate to reach the following goals:

Allow students to apply for concurrent pre-admission status at the time they enroll at Collin College Facilitate the process of student transfer.

Provide UNT upper division programs at the Preston Ridge Campus that are a logical extension of Collin College's programs. Provide graduate education at the Preston Ridge Campus.

Provide access to video conference sites throughout Texas for the Preston Ridge Campus's instructional programming.

The agreement gives UNT its first instructional site in rapidly growing Collin County. Collin College will provide two classrooms with video conference equipment (provided by UNT). Collin College will permit UNT to use these classrooms on a priority basis in the evenings and on weekends, and on an as-available basis at other times. Collin College will provide adequate parking, computer lab access and faculty office and workroom space.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.