TTU President Guy Bailey and WTC President Mike Dreith sign the Student Access and Success Partnership Sept. 11 at Western Texas College.
Western Texas College (WTC) and Texas Tech University held a ceremony Sept. 11 in the WTC courtyard announcing an unprecedented partnership between the two schools, one that will allow for a streamlined transfer of WTC students to the Lubbock university.
“Today we announce a truly historic alliance between the fastest growing community college in Texas and one of the most dynamic and growing institutions in the state,” said WTC President Mike Dreith. “This is groundbreaking and we are sure it will become a template for future relations among institutions of higher learning in Texas. With the signing of this partnership, we are truly preparing to change lives.”
President Guy Bailey agreed the signing of the Student Access and Success Partnership was one that could set the standard for partnerships between four-year institutions and community colleges.
“This is a historic agreement,” said Bailey. “I have been a part of several agreements between community colleges and universities, but never one involving this much detail.”
Bailey also said the partnership would open doors for Texas Tech.
“This is going to expand our reach into a community that is important to us,” he said, adding that his door is always open to anyone – students, faculty or visitors.
“You’re always welcome in Lubbock, you’re always welcome at Texas Tech, you’re always welcome in my office,” said Bailey. “I don’t think you can find a university anywhere else in the United States with 30,000 students where you can walk in and see the president, but you can at Texas Tech and it will always be that way, that’s our commitment to you.”
The Student Access and Success Partnership will allow for concurrent enrollment plans at the two schools – including the creation of Texas Tech degree plans upon student’s initial enrollment at WTC – and will ensure a seamless transfer process between the schools with an aim of increasing bachelor’s degrees in the state of Texas.
“Today with the signing of this partnership we are truly preparing to change lives,” said Dreith.
Highlights of the agreement include:
- The Texas Tech Graduate On Time (GOT) program for students enrolled at WTC and the two schools will enter into a financial aid consortium agreement.
- The two schools will share services such as library and web site access.
- Texas Tech will provide access to provisional admissions programs for students who do not meet admissions requirements and will develop a plan to extend access to selected student services, student activities, and student organizations to those concurrently enrolled at Texas Tech and WTC.
- WTC plans to offer retroactive associate’s degrees for former students attending TTU.
- The Texas Tech registrar will develop a plan that allows transcript information for students who transferred to TTU prior to earning an associate’s degree to be reported back to WTC.
- Texas Tech will have an office on the WTC campus.
- The partnership will provide a wide range of services, including encouraging currently enrolled transfer students at Texas Tech to complete their associate’s degrees at WTC and increasing awareness of the Texas Tech University System on the WTC campus.
- TTU will sponsor visitation programs for Western Texas College students interested in transferring. TTU will contact WTC with information needed to advertise and inform potential transfer students of each event and WTC will coordinate visitation trips to TTU and advertise, promote and facilitate such events.