Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Articulation Agreements

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One of the main goals of the e-START grant is to increase the transfer rate to four-year institutions for students in STEM fields. By 2016, articulation agreements for students in STEM fields will be in place with at least four Texas institutions as well as with the National Institute for the Deaf and Gallaudet University, which serve primarily deaf and hard of hearing students.

This goal will be accomplished through the following activities:
  • Providing specialized advising for students interested in STEM fields so that the courses they select will be more consistent with the degree plans in four-year institutions
  • Strengthening student support during first two years of study
  • Sponsoring student STEM clubs
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has recently approved the Texas Core Curriculum and Field of Study Curriculum (FOSC) for STEM majors. The FOSC is a set of courses that fulfill lower-division (freshman and sophomore) requirements for a specific major/degree in addition to the core curriculum. FOSCs are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Texas. Once you have successfully completed the set of courses that makes up the FOSC, those courses are also guaranteed to apply to the appropriate bachelor's-level degree plans corresponding to the field of study. Receiving colleges and universities are not allowed to require incoming transfer students to repeat courses with the same content as FOSC courses to satisfy requirements for the academic major. These THECB approvals have enabled community colleges and four-year institutions to have 2+2 articulations that were once done on a case-by-case basis to now be done on a large scale and backed by Texas legislation. Texas state schools that have completed their degree plans have posted their 2+2 plans.  Other institutions will post them as they are completed.


2011-2012 Academic Year
  • Identification of institutions interested in forming articulation agreements
  • Review of current syllabi in chemistry, biology, and mathematics to provide consistency throughout the Howard campuses and congruence with syllabi at four-year institutions.
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