Central Texas College has become more aggressive in building partnerships with four-year universities to provide its students with an easier path to higher education beyond the two-year degree.
Known as articulation agreements, the school-to-school contracts allow the seamless transfer of community college courses toward degree requirements at universities.
"When your credits don't transfer over, you are looking at more time and more money to take extra classes you may not need," said Lillian Young, a transfer counselor and adviser at the community college. "You want to avoid any overlapping."
While the formal agreements aren't uncommon, CTC has 35 of them with schools across the United States. Young said creating partnerships with so many universities in different states, such as Maryland, Iowa and Kansas, was somewhat unique for a community college.