UHV, HCC extend partnership with reverse articulation agreement

Zachary Hodges
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A new agreement between the University of Houston-Victoria and Houston Community College will make it easier for students to earn an associate degree on their way to obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Starting this fall, HCC students who transfer to UHV can complete their associate degree by taking UHV courses. The same classes also will count toward earning a UHV bachelor's degree.

This marks the first reverse articulation agreement signed by UHV with a community college partner.

"This agreement not only strengthens the partnership between the University of Houston-Victoria and Houston Community College, but it also allows students to finish their associate degree either before or after transferring to UHV," President Phil Castille said. "At the end of the day, both institutions want to make it easier for students to attend college and earn degrees. With classes in Greater Houston, Victoria and online, the pathway from HCC to UHV will be a seamless transition to allow students to earn an associate degree and bachelor's degree."

HCC Northwest President Zachary Hodges said he appreciates the partnership with UHV.

"These types of partnerships are the future of higher education, and I am glad we are leading rather than following," Hodges said. "Reverse articulation, sending classes back to allow students to finish their associate degree, is one more tool that will produce more graduates for the Houston area."

With more than 55,000 students, HCC is the fourth largest community college system in the United States. HCC offers two-year academic degrees, workforce certifications, continuing education classes, adult education classes and high school dual credit courses.

UHV offers more than 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs and concentrations in the arts and sciences, business administration, education and human development, and nursing fields.

UHV will offer 11 classes for the first time this fall at the HCC Katy campus. The junior- and senior-level classes, along with one graduate class, will take place one afternoon or evening a week at HCC Northwest, 1550 Foxlake Drive, close to the Interstate 10 and Fry Road intersection. The courses are open to any UHV student, including HCC students who have been accepted into UHV.