Hill College students now have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University at the Johnson County campus.
HC President Pam Boehm and Texas Tech Interim President John Opperman participated in the signing ceremony on Friday, and Boehm said they are excited about the partnership.
“[Texas Tech staff] have done an awesome job meeting with our staff to make this happen,” Boehm said. “This is a long time coming, and we’re just super excited and appreciative of you all taking the time to come down and to enjoy this signing with us.”
Texas Tech will begin offering two bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences and Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences in Applied Leadership. Additional degree programs will be added as the program grows, officials said.
“As you know higher education sometimes moves slowly, and that can be very frustrating,” Opperman said. “Having enthusiasm in a community when we go into it makes a huge difference and helps the ball move forward and makes this a bigger and better thing, which is what we want.”
Opperman said one of the things that sets Texas Tech apart from other institutions is how much the Texas Tech community cares about its students and going the extra mile to help them succeed.
Texas Tech Provost and Senior Vice President Lawrence Schovanec said about 50 percent of Texas high school students will begin their college career at a community college.
“Institutions like Hill College play such an important role in the education of our students,” Schovanec said. “At Texas Tech we very much value the opportunity to enter into this partnership, especially with an institution and a community that I feel shares so many characteristics with Texas Tech.”
Schovanec said Texas Tech and Hill College shares the same values: integrity, excellence, student success and enthusiasm.
HC Director of Marketing and Communications Derik Moore said students interested in one of the degree plans are encouraged to meet with a Texas Tech adviser between their freshman and sophomore years. However, Texas Tech can take up to 72 hours to transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree, according to Texas Tech policy.
Texas Tech also offers transfer scholarships to students transferring from community colleges based on official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions and apply to fall and spring terms, Moore said.