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CCCCD And A&M Commerce Sign Dual Admission Agreement

February 27, 2004 - Officials from Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) and Texas A&M University-Commerce signed an agreement allowing students dual admission to both institutions.

Dr. Keith McFarland, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, joined CCCCD President Cary Israel in signing the agreement. The ceremony took place at 3 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus conference center at Collin County Community College District.

The agreement allows students to complete the first two years of their degrees at the community college and have automatic admission to finish at the university. College officials say the agreement clears the path for students who are working toward bachelor's degrees.

"Affordability of higher education is a hot topic in our community and state," said Israel. "We believe that entering into dual admission agreements with quality universities like Texas A&M-Commerce provides a model-one that can be replicated-for decreasing the costs of a four-year degree."

"We at Texas A&M University-Commerce are delighted to enter this dual admission agreement with the Collin County Community College District. The agreement strengthens an already excellent relationship that we have with CCCCD and makes it easier for CCCCD students to transfer to A&M-Commerce to continue their education," said Dr. McFarland.

Sam Roach, chairman of CCCCD's board of trustees, made comments at the ceremony along with CCCCD board vice chairman Robert Collins, who teaches at A&M Commerce.

According to Roach, "Our goal is to help students finish their degrees on time. A college education is a must in today's society, and our trustees believe in keeping higher education convenient and accessible for the residents of Collin County. We are thrilled to collaborate with Texas A&M-Commerce to help students move down the path to graduation."

The agreement states that CCCCD students following the recommended program of study, common core and transfer curriculum or who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree will receive admission to the university. The agreement also provides participating students with special benefits on campus in Commerce, including access to the library and recreation center as well as student rates for tickets to theatre productions and athletic events.

Students transferring to A&M-Commerce through the program will also be eligible for academic scholarships as well as scholarships through the honor society Phi Theta Kappa at CCCCD.

CCCCD broke ground in 2000 when it signed the first dual admission agreement in Texas with the University of North Texas. The University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman's University followed. The program is popular with students, and 339 students have participated in the program to date.