Texas A&M University Commerce strengthens its partnership with Paris Junior College during the Transfer Summit
COMMERCE, TX — Representatives from Texas A&M University-Commerce and Paris Junior College (PJC) attended a transfer summit on Friday, October 22 to discuss strategies to improve transfer student outcomes. At the end of the summit, the two institutions signed a formal partnership agreement.
The summit was held at the Rayburn Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus, where representatives from PJC and A&M-Commerce participated in breakout sessions to explore possibilities for future collaboration.
After the sessions, the group met again to share their results. These included the intention to deepen the relationship between the two institutions, strengthen communication, participate in co-marketing campaigns, plan other working sessions for faculty and staff, organize campus tours for PJC students; and explore ways to streamline the transfer process.
The presidents of A&M-Commerce and Paris Junior College also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU describes an agreement to facilitate the process of transferring students from PJC to A & M-Commerce. Among its principles, the MOU guarantees admission to A & M-Commerce for qualified PJC students and ensures the proper transmission of transfer credits.
Dr. Pam Anglin, President of PJC, expressed her gratitude for the commitment between the two institutions.
“The formal signing of the General Joint Agreement between our two institutions signifies the commitment of the two institutions to work together to ensure that students in this region can achieve their educational goals,” Anglin said. “Thank you to the management of A & M-Commerce for the long-standing relationship between our institutions. “
Dr Mark Rudin, President of A&M-Commerce, stressed the importance of partnership.
“Today we signed an agreement that will make it easier for students to move from PJC to A & M-Commerce,” Rudin said. “We are delighted to partner with PJC to increase access to higher education in our region and create pathways for student success. “
The partnership between A & M-Commerce and Paris Junior College is part of a larger initiative of the Texas Transfer Alliance, led by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The Alliance is a collaboration of Texas universities and community colleges focused on improving transfer student outcomes.
Paris Junior College, located in Paris, Texas, approximately 100 miles northeast of Dallas, has been part of the Lamar County community since 1924.
Paris Junior College offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in Technical / Labor Fields. The college has expanded its curriculum over the years to encourage applicants for the associate degree and university transfer. Since establishing its first professional program – Jewelry and Watchmaking in 1942 – the college has been aggressive in adding technical / manpower programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.
The 54-acre shaded campus includes 20 large buildings and halls of residence and provides students with a unique and enjoyable learning environment.
Paris Junior College also operates centers in Sulfur Springs, Texas, and Greenville, Texas.
To be the education provider of choice for the region.
Paris Junior College is a comprehensive community college that meets the education and training needs of the region while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of our diverse community.