Partnership for education

Dr. Michael Tidwell (left), UT Tyler president, and Dr. Mike Smith, Jacksonville College president (right), celebrate their partnership to create a more efficient transfer process.

Representatives from both institutions included (back l to r) Michelle Kearney, JC Faculty Association president; Will Cumbee, JC director of admissions; Marolyn Welch, JC vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Tai Wang, UT Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean; Dr. Bob Beatty, UT Tyler Soules College of Business dean; and Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost.

TYLER – Jacksonville College and The University of Texas at Tyler announced Tuesday their partnership to offer seamless pathways for students to earn degrees from both institutions.

With the partnership, undergraduate students from JC may complete an associate degree and transfer into undergraduate programs at UT Tyler to complete a bachelor's degree without loss of credit or recognition for approved courses.

“We strengthen our region by increasing the number of residents who hold college or university degrees,” said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost ad vice president for academic affairs. “This partnership allows both institutions to make those degrees more accessible.”

The institutions will develop online transfer planning guides to ensure that the courses listed are transferable between Jacksonville College and UT Tyler.

“As an alumna of UT Tyler for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I am well acquainted with the quality education UT Tyler provides,” said Dr. Marolyn Welch, Jacksonville College vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. “I could not be more pleased that Jacksonville College students will be afforded an accessible transition to the next phase of their educational journey right here in the East Texas region and at such a prestigious institution as UT Tyler.”

Officials also will develop financial assistance opportunities, degrees to be awarded and options for reverse transfer of credits.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focues on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered.

With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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