UNT partners with community college

UNT partners with community college

September 08
23:26 2009

By Carolyn Brown / Senior Staff Writer –

In a bad economy, a cheaper education and less debt can outweigh a student’s desire to spend all his or her college years at a university.

A decade-old partnership between UNT and Collin County Community College makes it easy for students to transfer credits and complete a four-year degree while saving money.

Kelsey Kruzich, a journalism junior, transferred from Collin College to UNT in fall 2008.

Although she wanted to earn a degree from a four-year university, she decided to attend Collin College to save money and stay near her home in Allen.

She spent a year and a summer at several Collin College’s campuses, and transferred 33 credit hours.

“It’s neat to be on campus every day instead of commuting every day like at Collin,” Kruzich said.

Kruzich decided to transfer to UNT for its photojournalism program and because her family and friends were familiar with it, she said.

Overall, the transfer process was easy, and Kruzich said she felt well prepared for UNT’s coursework.

The partnership, also known as the Eagle Bound Program, allows Collin College and UNT to share student records to determine transfer eligibility before students complete the Texas Common Transfer Application.

Collin College and UNT have a close partnership, said Myra Hafer, associate director of admissions and UNT representative to Collin College.

UNT hosts “eagle landings,” information fairs to teach Collin College students about the university and transfer options.

Since August of 2000, UNT and Collin County Community College District have had a pre-admission partnership agreement that lets students do their first two years of course work at Collin, according to Collin Community College District’s Web site.

UNT was the first university to sign a partnership agreement with Collin College about a decade ago, said Troy Johnson associate vice president of enrollment management.

Collin College is now one of the top five feeder community colleges for UNT, he said.

“UNT has developed the internal systems such as transfer credit ability and scholarships that have made it a top choice for transfer students,” Johnson said.

UNT will also participate in Collin County’s new Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney, which will open in spring 2010, according to Collin’s Web site.

The Multi Institution Teaching Center partners with universities to offer their courses in towns without the university campuses, Johnson said.

The center will offer students in Collin County an opportunity to get university credit without having to move to main campuses, Hafer said.

“We offer quality education and we bring it to them instead of them having to come to us,” Hafer said.

The center will offer junior, senior and some graduate level courses for Collin Transfer students.

For more information, visit www.ccccd.edu.

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