December 5, 2008
Written by Sarah Whetstone
Texas Tech University’s College of Education and South Plains College earned a Star Award for creating a partnership project in which they work together to produce top-notch educators. The award is given by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to partnering schools that create programs to ease the transition from junior colleges into four-year institutions.
The College of Education Partnership Project began in 2004 after South Plains became the first community college in Texas to receive approval for an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree. The relationship between the schools creates a barrier-free transition for education students from SPC to Texas Tech.
“We’re honored to be recognized in this way,” said Sheryl Santos, dean of the College of Education. “It’s a job well done by the faculty of both schools and we look forward to working together in the future.”
The two schools are focusing on joint development of a highly articulated associate’s degree curriculum and unconditional admission to Texas Tech’s College of Education for students with teaching associate’s degrees from SPC. Both schools are working on program recruitment activities and intensive advising and mentoring of students in the program.
Since 2004, 100 students who have earned teaching associate’s degrees have transferred into Texas Tech’s College of Education. One hundred percent of those students have graduated from Texas Tech or are currently enrolled.
In 2008, Star Award applicants competed in six categories: two-year colleges; four-year colleges and health-related institutions; partnerships; public or private schools or school districts; and organizations that promote a college-going culture.
Texas Tech and SPC bested 83 applicants to win in the partnership category.