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Collin, Texas A&M Sign Special "Aggie Bound" Agreement

December 8, 2006 -- Officials from Collin County Community College District (Collin) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) signed a new admission agreement today. Nicknamed "Aggie Bound," the agreement abbreviates the admission process for Collin students who plan to complete specific bachelor's degrees in College Station.

That is particularly significant because Texas A&M is a top-five university for Collin student transfers. This new arrangement enables Collin students interested in certain majors to be considered for guaranteed admission. Also, TAMU staff, at their local Regional Prospective Student Center, will work with Collin students and staff on admission and financial aid.

According to Dr. Bob Collins, who chairs the Collin Board of Trustees, "Collin is proud to partner with Texas A&M University, and we look forward to sending our first group of transfer students (under the agreement) to College Station. As a proud Aggie, I am thrilled that Collin students now have this tremendous opportunity," he said. Dr. Collins earned both a master's degree and a doctorate at A&M. "We want to simplify the process for our students to get both an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree. In this case, our students will have the benefit of attending two great institutions."

To qualify for Aggie Bound, Collin students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete at least 24 transferable credits as well as declare a major in one of the programs designated by Texas A&M. These programs include the TAMU colleges of Education and Human Development, Engineering, Science, Geosciences, and Agriculture and Life Sciences plus programs at the Galveston branch.

"We believe this initiative promises to be a tremendous avenue for helping students transfer to Texas A&M to complete their upper level coursework and degrees," said Mark Weichold, dean of undergraduate programs and associate provost for academic services.

"Having privileges at one of the nation's leading universities will be a major benefit for our students," said Collin President Cary Israel. "Nationwide, it takes the average college student 5.2 years to finish a bachelor's degree. We must shorten the time to degree while maintaining the highest quality education at a cost that students can afford."

Collin signed its first agreement of this kind in 2000 with the University of North Texas. Collin now holds partnerships with The University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Texas Woman's University, Texas A&M University-Commerce and Texas Tech University as well as Texas A&M. To date, more than 400 students have participated in Collin's university partnership programs.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.

For more information on the partnership, call 972.985.3734.