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HCC, UH Sign Agreement Easing Transfer Process

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March 9, 2009-Houston-
The University of Houston and Houston Community College have signed an agreement that aims to provide a seamless curriculum transition for transfer students interested in pursuing degrees in consumer science and merchandising at UH.

The agreement, forged in the fall, allows for HCC students who obtain associate's degrees in applied science in one of 16 approved programs to apply those course credits toward a bachelor’s degree at the department of human development and consumer science at UH's College of Technology.

The college's dean, William Fitzgibbon, said the deal was struck with student success in mind.

"The agreement will ensure there is no loss of credits or duplication of coursework," Fitzgibbon said. "The consumer science and merchandising program offers studies in sales, management, marketing and logistics – all of which will complement the curriculum of the HCC programs."

HCC transfer and credentialing specialist Mark Tengler said the articulation agreement simply put on paper what had been in place in spirit for many years.

"UH has always been transfer-friendly, but the word doesn’t always get out. So, this agreement makes it official and really helps HCC students feel confident about the transfer process," Tengler said.

The 16 approved HCC programs covered by the agreement include studies in fashion, design, business, logistics, communication, childhood development, real estate and travel.

For more information about specific course equivalencies, visit www.hccs.edu/hccs/current-students/transfer-options.

For more information about degree offerings at UH's College of Technology, visit www.tech.uh.edu.

About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas' premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities.  UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 36,000 students. 

About the College of Technology
The College of Technology educates leaders in innovation and global industry. With nearly 2,000 students, the college offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in construction management technology, consumer science and merchandising, computer engineering technology, electrical power technology, logistics technology, network communications, human resources development and technology project management. It also offers specialized programs in biotechnology, surveying and mapping and digital media.

About Houston Community College
HCC is an open-admission, public institution of higher learning whose relevance to Houston and the surrounding areas is reflected in its status as the No. 1 community college in the country for international students. The learning opportunities offered by HCC prepare individuals in our diverse communities with the essential tools for success in an increasingly international and technological society.

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