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At a press conference today, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and Incoming Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores joined representatives from 17 area universities that, together with Alamo Colleges and Austin Community College (ACC), comprise the Transfer Compact Partnership, to announce the completion of 84% of the Transfer Advising Guides (TAG) that will save Alamo Colleges’ students time and money.
Transfer Compact

Alamo Colleges' Partnership Saves Transfer Students Time and Money

At a press conference today, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and Incoming Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores joined representatives from 17 area universities that, together with Alamo Colleges and Austin Community College (ACC), comprise the Transfer Compact Partnership to announce the completion of 84% of the Transfer Advising Guides (TAG) that will save Alamo Colleges’ students time and money. The TAGs will ensure that Alamo Colleges’ students who transfer to participating universities take only the courses they need and can be sure their credits will transfer.

“We are excited by the tremendous success of this effort, which is the first time all of these institutions have collaborated to create a guided pathways model that has been shown to be the best strategy for ensuring college completion and career readiness,” said Leslie. “This effort complements the Alamo Colleges District’s AlamoCONFIDENCE, our institutional and instructional transformational initiative to recruit, enroll, and graduate students from instructional programs that are aligned with high-demand occupations/career pathways, creating confidence in our students that their education journey will lead to successful careers. It also creates employer and community confidence that our graduates are fully prepared to meet their employment needs for both educational/technical and leadership skills,” he added.  Dr. Railey at the Transfer Compact Press Conference Dr. Railey at the Transfer Compact Press Conference

 

Speaking at the event, in addition to Dr. Leslie and Dr. Flores were: Trustee Roberto Zarate, Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees; Dr. George Railey, Alamo Colleges vice chancellor for academic success; Alamo Colleges Alternate Student Trustee Monica Scraper; Dr. Charles Cook, provost, and Dr. Susan Thomason, associate vice president, ACC; Dr. Sonia Jasso, director of advising, The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW); and Barbara Smith, executive director of advising, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Other members of the partnership in attendance were: Dr. Molly Minus, associate vice president of academic affairs, St. Edward’s University; Dr. Debbie Cottrell, vice president of academic affairs, Texas Lutheran University; Dr.  Jacqueline Mok, vice president of academics, UTHSA; Dr. Charlie McCormick, president, Schreiner University; and Dr. Melanie Hart, vice provost, Texas Tech University. Other members of the Partnership, in addition to the four new members listed above, are Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Trinity University, Texas A&M University – San Antonio (TAMUSA), Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Mary’s University and Texas State University.
The TCP’s approach reflects the latest research which supports the use of guided pathways to increase student completion and success. Elements related to program structure, support services and instructional approaches have been redesigned and realigned to help students clarify their career and degree goals, choose and enter pathways that will achieve those goals; remain on those pathways to completion; and master knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in the job market and successfully pursue lifelong education.

Transfer Compact Partners 
Transfer partners from local colleges and universities were in attendance.

 

Guided pathways benefit students in multiple ways. They give students a clearer idea of the requirements for a chosen degree and profession, save students money by reducing or eliminating courses taken that do not count toward their degree or will not transfer, and decrease the time necessary to earn the desired degree. By saving money, students also require less financial aid, reducing their student loan debt upon graduation. With a clear goal in mind, students are more likely to complete their degree and/or transfer to a university and then to be prepared for career success.

Guided pathways also benefit the community by reducing the cost of educating students and improving the pipeline of students with the skills sought by employers, especially in high demand, high wage fields. This in turn benefits economic development efforts to attract employers to our region. At the colleges of the Alamo Colleges, the guided pathway model has been implemented through AlamoINSTITUTES, which organizes all courses into six groups directly related to career goals. At Alamo Colleges, all degrees and certificates have been organized into ten Areas of Study and Program Maps have been created for all degrees and certificates that include both career as well as transfer information.

Dr. Leslie with ACC Provost, Dr. Charles CookDr. Leslie with ACC Provost, Dr. Charles Cook

Dr. Loston speaking with board members
Dr. Loston speaking with board members Joe Alderete, Denver McClendon, and board liaison, Sandra Mora

 

 

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