Collin College and Texas Tech University signed an agreement adding the Lubbock-based institution as the newest partner at the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney. Presidents of the two institutions put their signatures on official documents on Tuesday (Jan. 6, 2015) as dignitaries celebrated the newest bachelor’s degrees in Collin County.
Texas Tech becomes the fifth university at the Collin Higher Education Center, where partner institutions offer junior- and senior-level college classes as well as master’s and doctoral programs.
Collin College Board of Trustees Chairman Mac Hendricks talks about Tuesday's agreement.
“We established this center in 2010 so local students could earn university degrees while remaining close to home,” said Mac Hendricks, chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees. “Texas Tech provides outstanding higher education, and this alliance demonstrates a commitment by both of our institutions to provide exceptional opportunities for our community.”
The vast majority of freshman and sophomore students at Collin College enroll with the intent to transfer to a university for a bachelor’s degree or higher. The number of Texas Tech alumni in the Dallas/Fort Worth area tops 35,000, so the new degrees are expected to be quite popular.
“Texas Tech University strives to provide opportunities for all students seeking degrees in higher education,” said Dr. M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. “Extending our reach across the state and partnering with a great institution like Collin College furthers our commitment to offering a convenient alternative in obtaining a Texas Tech degree. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to the future with Collin College.”
Beginning next fall, Red Raider students will be able to choose from the Bachelor of Human Science, Bachelor of General Studies and the Bachelor of University Studies degrees at the Collin Higher Education Center. Texas Tech officials plan to offer additional degrees in the future.
Various attendees to Tuesday's announcement.
“We are thrilled to welcome Texas Tech University and look forward to expanding our partnership,” said Dr. Colleen Smith, Collin College interim district president. “The jobs of the future depend on higher education. In fact, the number of jobs requiring a bachelor’s or master’s degree is increasing, so this announcement comes at an important time.”
According to Dr. Smith, “The Collin Higher Education Center was designed with exclusivity in degree programs, so there would not be duplication or competition between university partners. The intent has always been to have five partners, and Texas Tech completes our roster.”
Texas Tech University, founded in 1923, is located in Lubbock. The university houses the colleges of Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Business (Rawls), Education, Engineering (Whitacre), Human Sciences, Media & Communication, and Visual & Performing Arts along with the Graduate School, Honors College and School of Law. The university is composed of more than 28,600 undergraduate, 5,800 graduate and 600 law students. Annually, total research expenditures exceed $145 million. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Texas Tech University as a RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity).
About Collin College
Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. For more information, visit collin.edu.