Another University program available on TSTC Harlingen’s Campus!

May 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Times…they are a-changin'. 

Earlier I announced some specifics for the University of Texas at Brownsville's BA of Business Administration in Management to be housed on Texas State Technical College Harlingen's campus this Fall 2010.  There are a few colleges and universities that have already begun to implement a pathway to their bachelor degree(s) and Graduate programs without the inconvenience of leaving the Rio Grande Valley.  

Welcome Our Lady of the Lake University – San Antonio! 

Our Lady of the Lake University started with the implementation of a local graduate program, the Doctoral Degree in Leadership Studies program, that proved to be a hit.  They now have plans to introduce a Bachelor of Applied Studies in Computer Information Systems and Security (which is certified by the National Security Agency) at TSTC Harlingen.  This program is offered through OLLU's Weekend College Program and will meet eight times per semester which comes out to be every other Saturday and housed here in Harlingen.  According to Charles Puente, the Program Management and Advisor for Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio Weekend College, students with an Associate in Applied Science technical field will receive approximately 54 to 60 credits toward their Bachelor degree!  That's practically two years worth of credits.  

Of course, the total amount of courses that transfer over depend on your associate degree field. Professor Ahlberg, the Department Chair of the BAS.CISS program, tells me that the TSTC program with the most transferable courses is the Computer Networking and Security Technology (CNST) with a total of 60 transferable credits (including the Academic Core).  

So far, the breakdown of courses available only extends to Fall of 2010.  A cohort of 15 students must be established before OLLU can continue the planning process for the remaining semesters.  Professor Ahlberg explained a portion of it to me earlier today.  Students who participate in this program can expect to receive 6 courses per year for an average of 3 years.  Granted, this is a slower process than the traditional amount of time for a Bachelor degree BUT what one sacrifices in time, one makes up for in convenience.  After you complete your academic core, and transfer over your associate degree credits, the average student will be looking at approximately 22 courses left (which is 1/2 the battle for a bachelor degree).  

I'm still doing some more research into it in order to provide everyone with a transfer equivalency chart. This will allow us to see exactly what we have to play with. In the meantime, I welcome any questions you may have.  

Our Lady of the Lake University Department Chair and advisors will be on campus to answer questions regarding their program on:

Wednesday, June 16

1 – 6 PM

Building "S" – 122

Thursday, June 17

10 AM – 3 PM

Building "S" – 122

To RSVP for the event/forum…please follow this link.
For a list of degrees offered from OLLU at TSTC or OLLU online…please follow this link
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