Texas Southern University Partners with Maricopa Community Colleges

HOUSTON (October 16, 2019) –Texas Southern University and Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC), one of the nation’s largest community college systems, recently initiated a memorandum of understanding. The partnership creates an academic pipeline between the two institutions and provides a framework to ensure students transferring from a two-year to a four-year system will have a dedicated pathway to graduation.

“TSU will serve more students through this partnership,” said TSU President Austin Lane. ”Our cooperative effort will mean an increase in graduates with a baccalaureate degree that can serve Houston and the nation with an educated populace.”

The agreement recognizes both institutions as active educational partners committed to providing greater educational opportunities and services for students transferring between institutions. The articulation agreement involves all MCC campuses for those students interested in attending TSU to earn a bachelor’s degree.

President Austin Lane and TSU Provost Kendall T. Harris traveled to the MCC Phoenix College campus in Phoenix, AZ for the signing of the agreement. MCC representatives, MCC Provost Dr. Karla Fisher and MCC’s Phoenix College President Dr. Larry Johnson, were among the administrators in attendance.

“We look forward to what this partnership will do for the TSU community,” 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 Partnership.” 


Texas Southern University (TSU) honors our designation as a special-purpose institution for urban programming and research. TSU is a comprehensive university providing higher education access to the nation’s underserved communities. TSU’s academic and research programs address critical urban issues, and prepares its diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society. TSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations – bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees – organized into 10 colleges and schools on a 150-acre campus nestled in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward. The University’s enrollment has a population of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate-school academic candidates. Texas Southern has been a distinguished educational pioneer since 1927, and the University has become one of the most diverse and respected institutions in Texas. TSU has positioned itself as a proactive leader in educating underserved students and many who are the first in their family to attend college.

By: TSU University

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