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New VC/UHV 2+2 plan now official

June 15, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.

Victoria College President Tom Butler, seated on left, and Phil Castille, president of the University of Houston-Victoria, get ready Thursday to sign the 2+2 Plan between the two institutions, while Patricia Vandervoort, VC vice president of instruction, and Jeffrey Cass, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs, look on. The new agreement will help students earning certain associate degrees from VC easily transfer to UHV to earn related bachelor's degrees.

The University of Houston-Victoria and Victoria College signed an official agreement Thursday that will help transition students in the Crossroads region to bachelor's degrees.

The 2+2 Plan includes eight different curricular paths for students to earn their associate degree at VC and easily transfer to UHV to earn a bachelor's degree in a related field.

UHV President Phil Castille said the partnership guarantees that students' 60 credits in their chosen programs from VC will transfer to specific UHV degree programs, not wasting students' credits and time.

"VC and UHV are working together to assure the seamless transition of students who are seeking an associate degree in designated academic programs and want to go on toward a related bachelor's degree - without taking excess credits," Castille said.

UHV is the only baccalaureate degree-granting institution within 100 miles of Victoria, so the extended partnership between the two institutions has a positive impact on the community, Castille said.

"VC and UHV have a long history of joining together for the benefit of our region, dating back to UHV's inception 40 years ago," said Tom Butler, VC president. "These 2+2 degrees are another fine example of that cooperation."

A comprehensive report on the earnings of college and university graduates across the state was released in April by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. It stated that median first-year earnings of bachelor's degree graduates in Texas amount to $40,000.

UHV degrees offered in the 2+2 Plan include: Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, Bachelor of Arts or Science in psychology, Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (grades four through eight, early childhood through sixth grade, or secondary).

Since 2010, VC and UHV have had an seamless agreement for students who transition from the Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs.

To enroll in the VC/UHV 2+2 Plan, contact Victoria College's Advising and Counseling Services Office at 361-582-2400.

For further details about UHV's part of the 2+2 Plan, contact the UHV Provost's Office at 361-570-4321.

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