The University of Texas at San Antonio’s longstanding partnership with Laredo College (LC) was reinforced this week with the renewal of a general articulation agreement, which will help LC students earn their bachelor’s degrees at UTSA by facilitating a smoother transition process.
UTSA alumna and Laredo College Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs Marisela Rodriguez Tijerina worked alongside UTSA Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Mark Appleford and a committee representing their respective campuses to renew the agreement.
“This articulation agreement is just the beginning of a long-term partnership,” Rodriguez Tijerina said. “Our goal is to continue this partnership so that we formulate transfer pathways that will assist students to transfer seamlessly into UTSA. This will help students stay on track and prevent them from taking unnecessary credits that will adversely impact their financial aid and graduation timeline.”
Laredo College is a learner-centered institution transforming students’ lives through educational programs and services to fulfill the dynamic needs of its local, regional and global community. An award-winning Hispanic-Serving Institution, LC was recently named the #1 community college in Texas by BestColleges.com. The college’s primary goal is to ensure students have adequate access and support that leads to the success, completion and achievement of their educational goals. Additionally, it is important to maintain strong institutional partnerships that help students transition to a university setting.
“UTSA admits many excellent students from Laredo College,” Appleford said. “This articulation agreement will ensure that we continue to remove barriers for our Laredo College transfer students to encourage student success and college graduation.”
As a model for student success, UTSA has continued to enhance support of transfer students and has a full-time dedicated Transfer Admissions Team to assist students with the transfer admissions process. In addition, a Transfer and Transition Student Success Office was established to support and assisttransfer students before, during and after theirtransfer to the university by providing timely, accurate information and facilitating a seamlesstransition.
UTSA is a Hispanic-Serving University that advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property.