Collin College and The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) signed a brand new articulation agreement today that aligns five disciplines at both institutions. As part of a five-year $2.5 million National Science Foundation Dallas Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Gateways Collaborative grant, the two higher education entities aligned first and second year courses in STEM fields. The new articulation agreement will include geoscience, chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics.
Professors and deans from both institutions, including UT Dallas Dean of Undergraduate Education Dr. Sheila Piñeres, Collin College’s Deans of Academic Affairs Dr. Cameron Neal, Bill Blitt and Dr. Jon Hardesty, collaborated for two years detailing course syllabi, textbooks and instructional methodology. The new alignment enhances the Comet Connection general articulation agreement which allows Collin students to lock in UT Dallas tuition fees prior to taking classes at the university. As part of the NSF grant, the colleges previously partnered to align engineering and computer science coursework. The new, detailed course alignment offers students a smooth transition in STEM classes from Collin to UT Dallas.
The UT Dallas/Collin College articulation agreement was forged under the direction of Dr. Nathan Ivey, associate director of the NSF grant; Dr. John Sibert, UT Dallas associate professor of chemistry and principal investigator of the NSF grant and Dave Galley, co-principal investigator of the NSF grant and director of engineering at Collin College.
The $2.5 million NSF grant was awarded to UT Dallas, Collin College and Richland College to increase the graduation rates of students in STEM degrees. The grant also provides funding for undergraduate research, summer internships and student organizations in STEM fields.