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CCCCD Announces Concurrent Admissions Agreement with the University of Texas at Dallas

CCCCD Announces Concurrent Admissions Agreement with the University of Texas at Dallas

November 14, 2000 - Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) strengthened its role as a leader in Texas higher education by announcing a concurrent admissions agreement with The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). The agreement allows students of all disciplines to be admitted into both CCCCD and UTD simultaneously.

Cary A. Israel, president of CCCCD, and Dr. Franklyn G. Jenifer, president of UTD, signed the agreement in a ceremony held at CCCCD's Spring Creek Campus in Plano.

This year, CCCCD became the first community college in Texas to embark on concurrent admissions agreements with other universities as a way of making college more affordable and accessible for students within the region.

"Affordability of higher education is a critical issue facing students and parents," said Israel. "This unique partnership provides a smooth transition and keeps higher education accessible to all. This agreement also ensures that our region will have qualified and competent individuals for the challenges of the future."

This partnership strengthens CCCCD's emphasis on high tech education. The strategic location of both CCCCD and UTD near the Telecom Corridor and companies like Alcatel, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, Texas Instruments and MCIWorldcom, means that both schools have increased their ability to meet the growing workforce development demands of the region.

There are many advantages for CCCCD students participating in the concurrent admissions agreement with UTD. CCCCD students will be able to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree while paying CCCCD tuition rates. The concurrent admission also provides CCCCD students with a clear pathway to their bachelor's degree by removing the obstacles of transferring classes to another university. Students will now be able to transfer and enroll in classes seamlessly at both CCCCD and UTD.

Over 800 CCCCD students transferred to UTD last year. The UTD transfer rate for students at CCCCD has progressively increased over the past few years. According to the most recent state data, there was a 43 percent increase in the numbers of students enrolling at UTD from CCCCD.

"These concurrent admissions agreements allow the maximum amount of flexibility for our students," said Sam Roach of Frisco, chairman of the CCCCD Board of Trustees. "Having such privileges at two of the state's leading universities are a major benefit for our students."

This is the second such agreement for CCCCD. The college signed a similar agreement with the University of North Texas on Aug. 11, 2000. Attending the signing ceremony were faculty, deans, and vice-presidents from the respective institutions of higher education and State Representative Jerry Madden.