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State Names Collin College Division Exemplary Program

State Names Division of Collin County Community College District An Exemplary Program

December 19, 2000 -- The Texas Association of Community Colleges recently honored Collin County Community College District's Developmental Education Division by recognizing it as an exemplary program. Chosen as a model to replicate throughout Texas, Collin College's plan for Developmental Education was one of seven selected.

"We are proud to have one of Collin College's programs chosen to serve as a model for other Texas colleges," said Cary A. Israel, Collin College president. Collin College is considered a leader in higher education, with several areas of the college earning national recognition. By creating and maintaining exemplary divisions, we are assured that our students achieve academic excellence."

Complying with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boards requirements, Collin College submitted the Developmental Education Plan that detailed the criteria for the assessment and placement of undergraduate students entering college.

"The state mandated 14 elements that must be addressed in the plan, and we developed comprehensive responses in all of the areas. We are quite pleased that our plan was selected as a model for the state," stated Juanita Austin, dean of Developmental Education.

This honor is the latest in a string of awards and firsts that the college has accrued in recent months. Theatre professor Brad Baker was named U.S. Professor of the Year in November by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The college is the first community college in Texas to create concurrent admissions with universities. Collin College announced this fall concurrent admissions agreements with the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas. And Collin College was the first community college in the nation to offer teacher certification when its program was launched October 2000.

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.