College Q&A: 2+2 plan makes college affordable
By Eric Jensen
June 8, 2013 at 1:08 a.m.
Everything seems to be getting more expensive these days. Is there a cost-effective way for students to earn a bachelor's degree?
Yes, there is. Responding to Gov. Rick Perry's challenge to lower the cost of higher education, Victoria College has partnered with the University of Houston-Victoria with the 2+2 plan.
"The 2+2 model allows students to spend their first two years at Victoria College, where they will benefit from the community college focus of helping all students succeed," said Bobby Cubriel, VC's director of advising and counseling services. "After receiving their associate degree, students can transition to UHV for their remaining two years and earn the same degree as students who spend all four years at a university."
The 2+2 plans guide students in the courses they need to take at VC and the courses they will need after they transfer to UHV.
"VC's 2+2 program is absolutely the most cost effective way to earn your bachelor's degree, and following the 2+2 model means there are no hours lost in transfer," said Dr. Tom Butler, Victoria College president. "And, of course, you receive two degrees instead of just one - VC's associate degree and UHV's bachelor's degree."
On the governor's website, Perry stressed the importance of offering affordable degree options to Texas students.
"A $10,000 degree provides an opportunity for students to earn a low-cost, high-quality degree that will get them where they want to go in their careers and their lives," Perry said.
Students who take advantage of the 2+2 plans will be able to save money by staying at home where they have familial support, room and board, and help with child care if necessary.
The six 2+2 agreements VC has approved with UHV are:• Criminal justice
• Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in biology, biotechnology, communication, general business, leadership and enterprise studies, legal assistance and administration, marketing or psychology
• Education interdisciplinary studies grades fourth-eighth
• Education interdisciplinary studies early childhood to sixth grade
"Gov. Rick Perry has challenged Texas public universities to make a bachelor's degree available for under $10,000, but few have been able to do so," Butler said. "Victoria College, together with UHV, has done just that for students in the Crossroads region."
VC officials say more 2+2 plans may be developed.
For more information or to enroll in the VC/UHV 2+2 plan, contact Victoria College's Advising and Counseling Services at 361-572-6405.
Do you have a question about Victoria College? Contact Eric Jensen, VC Marketing and Communications Specialist, at 361-485-6835 or Eric.Jensen@VictoriaCollege.edu.