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UT Arlington partners with Arlington, Mansfield school districts, TCC to streamline path toward affordable, accelerated college degree

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Monday, July 23, 2012

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington announces renewed partnerships with the Arlington and Mansfield school districts and Tarrant County College to aid dedicated students on their path to earning a full bachelor’s degree.

Mansfield schools Superintendent Bob Morrison, UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and Arlington schools interim Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos.

Mansfield schools Superintendent Bob Morrison, UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and Arlington schools interim Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos sign agreements creating a seamless and affordable path to an undergraduate degree.


Through agreements signed today, the two school districts, TCC and UT Arlington pledge to provide additional staff and scholarship resources to guide students and families who want the highest quality education from high school through college.

The initiative will encourage high school students who complete 24 semester credit hours of dual credit college courses in their junior and senior years to advance to Tarrant County College to earn their associate degree. The high school college-credit courses allow students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously, with the potential to earn up to a year of college credit toward their undergraduate degree.

UT Arlington and TCC admissions and academic advising staff will work with students to ensure that they take courses accepted toward their bachelor’s degree from the four-year institution. High-performing transfer students would be eligible for a UT Arlington scholarship of up to $10,000.

Students who complete all three phases of the program and qualify for the scholarship could save $25,000 off the total cost of their undergraduate education and earn a college degree for less than $10,000 in tuition and fees.

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo commended TCC Chancellor Erma C. Johnson Hadley, TCC senior staff and leaders of the Arlington and Mansfield school districts for development of the partnership.

“Ultimately, we all want to help as many students as possible earn their college degrees and fulfill their potential,” Spaniolo said. “UT Arlington is committed to ensuring that students who invest their efforts in dual credit courses and take advantage of the excellent associate degree programs through Tarrant County College will achieve a high quality bachelor’s degree at a cost most can manage.”

Chancellor Johnson Hadley noted that an accelerated degree plan allows students who successfully complete the three stages of the program to achieve significant savings, which also benefits taxpayers who support educational institutions.

“It absolutely takes the community college component to make this happen,” Johnson Hadley said. "Through collaboration with independent school districts and UT Arlington, we are creating seamless pathways for students that will enable them to graduate sooner – saving time and money.”

Marcelo Cavazos, interim superintendent for the Arlington school district, said more than 700 district students enroll in dual credit courses each year. He commended his colleagues for working to align high school and college courses to smooth the path to a college degree.

Mansfield school district Superintendent Bob Morrison said the initiative removes a critical barrier by increasing college affordability for students and their families. The district enrolls about 370 students a year in dual credit courses.

For more information about the accelerated degree plan, please contact the UT Arlington Admissions Office at beamaverick@uta.edu or call 817-272-6287 (MAVS). General admissions information is available online at http://www.uta.edu/uta/admissions.php.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. For more information, please visit www.uta.edu.

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