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October 5, 2009

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UT Tyler and TJC Are First Institutions to Sign THECB Engineering Compact

 UT Tyler President Dr. Rodney Mabry and TJC President Dr. Mike Metke.

UT Tyler President Dr. Rodney Mabry and TJC President Dr. Mike Metke.

The University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College are the first higher education institutions to sign the Voluntary Statewide Mechanical Engineering Transfer Compact, UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

UT Tyler and TJC signed the compact during a ceremony Oct. 5 at UT Tyler’s Ratliff Engineering and Science Complex.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, working with a committee of representatives from 2-year and 4-year institutions throughout the state, developed the Voluntary Statewide Mechanical Engineering Transfer Compact through a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education.

“We are very pleased to participate in this statewide articulation agreement as we continue to further enhance our relationships with our fine community colleges. Making the educational process as beneficial to the students as possible is a common goal that we all share,” Mabry said.

The primary objective of the compact is to provide a structured and recognized program of study at the community college level that significantly increases the migration of students from the community colleges to baccalaureate programs.

“This should provide a well-defined pathway guiding students through the community college system to the completion of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. It will reduce the time to graduation and the course work,” said Dr. James Nelson, UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science dean.

The compact is expected increase the number of engineers in Texas by making engineering education more available and affordable, especially for underrepresented groups of students, he added.

This effort can also lead to the development of an associate degree in engineering science that is accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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