Texas Woman's University

GENERAL ARTICULATION AGREEMENT

Between

Texas Woman's University

&

Separately SACSCOC Accredited Colleges
(Brookhaven College, Eastfield College, El Centro College, Mountain View College, Cedar Valley
College, North Lake College and Richland College)
of the
Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The purpose of this General Articulation Agreement is to create clearly marked transition pathways by clarifying and streamlining the transfer processes. Therefore, the students are able to transfer to TWU carrying with them the credits which they have already earned for as much relevant study as possible. The participating institutions understand and agree that transfer articulation under this general agreement is with Dallas County Community College District hereafter referred to as "DCCCD", inclusive of the following colleges: Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Eastfield
College, El Centro College, Mountain View College, North Lake College, Richland College and the Texas Woman's University hereafter referred to as "TWU" and hereby enter into the following agreement governing the matriculation of students from the separately accredited colleges of DCCCD to TWU.

TERMS and CONDITIONS

In order to facilitate the process of student transfer, TWU and DCCCD have agreed to the following:

General Admission:

  1. DCCCD students who follow the recommended program of study - the common core and transfer curriculum - and who meet all other admissions requirements and deadlines pertaining to application for admission shall be eligible for admission to TWU. Transfer students must meet the same standards and criteria for admission to a major degree sequence as a native TWU student. They will abide by the policies and procedures, along with any revisions thereof that apply to all students at that institution.
  2. Transfer students from the colleges of DCCCD may elect to adhere to TWU's admission requirements based on the catalog year in effect at the time the student first enters one of DCCCD's colleges, provided that the student maintains continuous enrollment. Students must submit a request to the TWU Registrar's Office to maintain the catalog year in effect upon their initial enrollment at a DCCCD college.

Guaranteed Admission:

  1. DCCCD students in good standing with a minimum cumulative GP A of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale entering under the terms of this agreement are guaranteed admission in the TWU. DCCCD students who meet the general admission requirements of TWU with a completed core curriculum or Associate of Arts (A.A.)/Associate of Science (A.S.)/Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree, will be assured admission to TWU.
  2. While admission to TWU does not guarantee admission to all degree granting programs, majors, minors, or fields of concentration, incoming transfer students shall be able to compete for admission to specific programs on the same basis as students native to the TWU, except for programs resulting in licensure.

Acceptance of Transferable Credits and Core Curriculum:

  1. DCCCD shall endeavor, through articulated transfer pathways (A.A./A.S./A.A. T.) or program-to-program agreements (A.A.S.) entered into in accordance with this General Articulation, to partner with TWU that shall accept at least sixty (60) transferable college level credits.
  2. Transfer students will receive academic credit for transferable college level courses completed with a grade of "D" or better, unless stated otherwise in TWU's catalog.
  3. Remedial/developmental or technical/vocational courses will not be included for transfer in this General Articulation Agreement from individually accredited colleges unless specified by individual colleges in a separate Program-to-Program Articulation Agreement.
  4. TWU will accept transferable college level courses from the DCCCD without regard to institutional modality including, but not limited to, online courses and programs, Dual Enrollment credits, and Early College High School credits. 
  5. TWU has an established process for reviewing credits not accepted in transfer admission at TWU.
  6. Completion of the DCCCD Core Curriculum, a forty-two (42) semester credit hour general program of study, will transfer as a block and will satisfy lower-division general education requirements at TWU; unless a specific core curriculum is established in a transfer pathway agreement, as mandated by Texas Statutes for all public higher education institutions.
  7. DCCCD students transferring with an A.A., A.S., or A.A.T. degree (inclusive of all state core requirements) shall not be required to take additional general education/core courses at TWU; unless a specific core curriculum is established in a transfer pathway agreement.

Acceptance of DCCCD Associate Degrees:

  1. This agreement establishes that all courses applied to associate degrees will transfer.
  2. All courses applied to associate degrees will transfer to TWU. The needed courses and course alignment in order to achieve the acceptance AND application of an associate degree in its entirety to a specific discipline at TWU will be specified in detail in a Transfer Pathway Agreement (A.A./A.S./A.A.T.) or Program-to-Program Agreement (A.A.T.) between one DCCCD college and a college/school/center at TWU. Additional courses may be applied in accordance with transfer pathway agreements.

TWU Bound:

  1. A DCCCD student is eligible to apply for the benefits provided by the TWU Bound program at TWU upon the student's first enrollment at one DCCCD college, or at any time thereafter.
  2. TWU Bound students who have a TWU l.D. card will have access to TWU Libraries. TWU on-site admissions events will be held at DCCCD at least once a year.

Honors Program:

DCCCD and TWU will develop a smooth transition for qualified students wishing to enter the TWU Touchstone Honors Program via individual agreements with appropriate DCCCD colleges.

Transfer Information:

  1. The Office of Transfer and Articulation Services at the DCCCD District Office and TWU will work together to provide appropriate transfer information (specific transfer pathways will be developed by faculty from DCCCD and faculty from TWU). These online Course Equivalency Guides will utilize the Texas Common Course Numbering System to identify the courses to be completed at DCCCD that will apply toward pre-requisites or requirements for a major at TWU. (Transfer Guides & Course Equivalency Guides provide information of general transferable courses but do not guarantee the definite applicability of those courses into specific degree plans.)
  2. TWU will create a webpage on TWU's website with detailed information regarding any type of transfer agreements for DCCCD students. General transfer information is provided for all students.
    • Overview of general pre-transfer and admissions process.
    • Overview of post-transfer services and supports. 
    • Financial resources for transfer students
    • Encouragement to students to complete the associate degree before transferring for admissions, financial aids, and academic advantages.
    • Indication to the existence of specific agreement(s) and an official list of all articulated transfer pathways approved by DCCCD and TWU.

Scholarships:
TWU will provide additional opportunities for DCCCD students to learn about TWU scholarships. TWU will host events for DCCCD Rising Star Scholars, Phi Theta Kappa Scholars students and others interested in learning about how one can afford to complete a bachelor's degree.

Reverse Transfer:

(The Registrar or other office at TWU) will collaborate with the District Office of Academic and Student Records at DCCCD district office to share information, as permitted by law, about students enrolled at TWU who could have sufficient hours to receive an associate's degree from DCCCD. (the Registrar or other office at TWU) will:

  • process the reverse transfer transcripts in Spring and Fall semesters after grades have been posted,
  • ensure the student's last four digits of social security number and date of birth are indicated on the transcripts, and 
  • send all reverse transfer transcripts to the following address:

    DCCCD District Office of Academic and Student Records
    Attention: Veronica Montero
    1601 South Lamar Street
    Dallas, Texas 75215-1816

    In return, DCCCD agrees to provide TWU with outcome data related to reverse transfer.

Communication and Data Exchange:

  1. The Office of Transfer and Articulation Services at the DCCCD District Office serves as the liaison office to establish routine communication  mechanisms with TWU for addressing issues or problems associated with student transfer.
  2. TWU will provide notification to the seven colleges of the DCCCD, at or before execution of the Transfer Agreement, of selection criteria for limited access programs.
  3. TWU and the DCCCD agree to exchange annual data reports and documents in a mutually agreeable fashion that will contribute to the maintenance and improvement of these transfer arrangements and promote effective cooperation between the two institutions. The institutions will exchange admissions, academic performance and retention data after obtaining appropriate permission from the students involved and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws. (See Attachment One for Data information)
  4. DCCCD will provide names and contact information of students to TWU each fall of DCCCD graduates and current students with at least 30 SCH (Semester Credit Hour) and with "Transfer" intentions disclosed to enable the sharing of transfer information. Information will be shared in accordance with applicable law.

Joint Obligations:

  1. TWU and DCCCD will work to identify ways to strengthen pathways for transfer and degree attainment for students.
  2. Official list of programs for all Associate Degrees for which articulation agreements have been approved by both DCCCD and TWU will be made available at both institutions.

Evaluation:

The continuous partnership between TWU and DCCCD will be determined by an evaluation process to be established by the DCCCD and incorporated by reference into each transfer agreement. (See Attachment Two)

Agreement Continuation and Dissolution:

This agreement shall be reviewed on a bi-annual, every other year, basis or any time program changes are to be made by either institution. Any program changes will be identified and incorporated into subsequent agreements. DCCCD Presidents and the President of TWU, or their designees must approve amendments to this agreement. Any other modifications to this agreement may be made following written notice from DCCCD Presidents and the President of TWU, or their designees. Once this agreement is signed by the appropriate officials at DCCCD and TWU, each is free to publicize this arrangement in a manner consistent with the agreement. This articulation agreement shall remain in effect until one or both institutions deem it necessary to terminate it.

By signing, each party recognizes the commitment to exchange only the most current, accurate information and data. This agreement may be terminated by either party by giving written notice of said party's intention to the Presidents of DCCCD or designee and President of TWU, or designee.

This agreement shall become effective immediately and shall remain in effect until terminated by either party. Termination can be processed when either TWU or DCCCD give written notice to the other institution 180 days prior to the requested termination date.

In witness whereof, the authorized representatives of the parties have executed this agreement on this the ___ day of ____ , ______ .

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Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor & President
Texas Woman's University

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Joe D. May, Chancellor
Dallas County Community College District

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Dr. Thom D. Chesney
President, Brookhaven College

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Dr. Joseph Seabrooks
President, Cedar Valley College

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Dr. Jean Conway
President, Eastfield College

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Dr. Jose Adames
President, El Centro College

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Dr. Robert Garza
President, Mountain View College

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Dr. Christa Slejko
President , North Lake College

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Dr. Kathryn K. Eggleston
President, Richland College

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