Agreement Aligns Courses With Richland College
Engineering and Computer Science Curriculum Plan to Benefit Transfer Students
About half of U.S. bachelor’s degree recipients now complete some of their studies at community colleges – and UT Dallas and Richland College are making the transition to the University even easier by further aligning their curricula in engineering and computer science.
“We signed a similar agreement several years ago regarding our electrical engineering curricula, and that produced a surge of electrical engineering students,” said Dr. Simeon Ntafos, associate dean for undergraduate education in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas. “Now we’ve agreed to do likewise with the rest of our undergraduate programs in engineering and computer science.”
In addition to electrical engineering, the Jonsson School offers bachelor’s degrees in computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, software engineering and telecommunications engineering.
“Community colleges are an important pipeline into our programs,” said the Jonsson School’s dean, Mark W. Spong, “helping fuel our efforts to increase the number of graduates we produce for both Texas and the country as a whole.”
Richland’s student body includes about 15,000 students taking courses that can be applied to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. The college also offers certificates and continuing education.
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UT Dallas Provost Hobson Wildenthal (right), acting Richland College President Kay Eggleston and Richland engineering instructor Roderick Crowder sign an agreement that commits the institutions to aligning their engineering and computer science curricula, making the transition from Richland to UT Dallas easier.