HOUSTON (November 12, 2019) – The leaders of Texas Southern University and Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) signed a memorandum of understanding on November 12 to create an academic pipeline between the two institutions. The articulation agreement provides a framework to ensure that students transferring from LSCO, a two-year community college based on Orange, TX, to TSU will have dedicated pathway to graduation.
“TSU will serve more students via this partnership,” said TSU President Dr. Austin Lane. “Our cooperative effort will increase the pipeline of students earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees and, ultimately, strengthen the Houston and surrounding economy.”
Dr. Lane noted that one area of focus with the agreement is a maritime program that both institutions offer – with LSCO providing a certificate program that is a prelude to TSU’s bachelor’s degree in maritime transportation management and security. He added that the agreement also will benefit students enrolled in West Orange Stark – Early College High School, creating a seamless path from K-12 to TSU.
The agreement recognizes both institutions as active educational partners committed to providing greater educational opportunities and services for students transferring between institutions. President Austin Lane, TSU Provost Kendall T. Harris, and others from TSU traveled to the LSCO’s Shahan Events Center in Orange, TX, for the signing of the agreement. LSCO representatives included President Dr. Thomas Johnson, a TSU alumnus who earned his doctorate in higher education administration, as well as Dr. Al Barringer, executive vice president of academic and student affairs, among others.
“We look forward to what this partnership will do for the TSU community and we look forward to working with LSCO to make sure we meet the needs of these students,” said TSU Provost Kendall Harris. “Expanding our efforts to reach more students and bring them into the Tiger family aligns with several of our Top Five Priorities; most significantly Student Success & Completion and Partnerships.”
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