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08.13.08

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Renews Agreement with Austin Community College

COLLEGE STATION, TX - Administrators from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences renewed a "2 + 2" articulation agreement with Austin Community College, providing a pathway for students in Central Texas to make their way to Texas A&M University.

"We are proud to partner with other educational institutions in our state in an effort to increase educational opportunities for students," said Dr. H. Richard Adams, dean of veterinary medicine.

Under the terms of the agreement, after two years at Austin Community College, those students satisfactorily completing the prerequisite courses are admitted into the biomedical sciences undergraduate program at Texas A&M University to complete their degree.

"ACC's transfer students do exceptionally well," said Dr. Steve Kinslow, president of Austin Community College. "We are excited about this articulation agreement with Texas A&M, and the growth in opportunities for students in veterinary medicine and the biomedical sciences."

ACC is one of the first schools of 12 in Texas that has signed an articulation agreement with the Texas A&M Biomedical Sciences program, with the original agreement signed in 2003. Since that time, a total of seven students have successfully met the requirements and transferred to Texas A&M University to continue their education.

According to Dr. F. H. "Skip" Landis, assistant dean for biomedical sciences, 2 + 2 agreements benefit students in a number of ways.

"Students who attend one of the colleges that have a 2 + 2 agreement are able to start off their education closer to home," said Landis. "This can save money for them by often reducing their living expenses. For those students who are the first in their families to go to college, this can mean the difference between not going to college and earning a degree. After they successfully complete the prerequisites, they are then automatically admitted into the biomedical sciences program here at Texas A&M. Our program has established a legacy of successfully preparing graduates for and placing them in professional schools (veterinary medicine, medical, dental, etc.). Many of our students who arrived through the 2 + 2 program have returned to their hometowns to practice."

For more information on the Biomedical Sciences program in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our website: vetmed.tamu.edu/bims.

Contact Information:
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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Cell - (979) 739-5718



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