MSU and Lone Star College in Texas forge partnership for streamlined transfers

Lone Star College Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Success Dwight Smith, left, and Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum inked a partnership deal on Tuesday [April 2], forging a collaboration between the two schools and simplifying the student transition process.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Jointly, Mississippi State University and Lone Star College in The Woodlands, Texas, have formalized an articulation agreement today [April 2], paving the way for a smooth transfer process for graduates of Lone Star to join Mississippi State, the leading university in the Magnolia State.

This partnership expands student choices by offering advanced educational paths and specialized degrees that can greatly boost career prospects and professional growth.

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum and Lone Star College Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Success Dwight Smith sealed the deal in Texas, concluding MSU’s visit to the college in the northern Houston suburbs, catering to over 80,000 students each semester with top-quality, affordable academic transfer programs and career development education.

Keenum reflected on his community college days, stating that they were pivotal both professionally and personally.

“Today has been a fantastic visit, marking the start of an outstanding partnership between our institutions,” Keenum remarked. He highlighted MSU’s global leadership in various fields such as agriculture, engineering, cybersecurity, and high-performance computing, as well as in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences.

MSU and Lone Star College representatives at the articulation agreement signing
Representatives from Lone Star College and Mississippi State University gathered at the articulation agreement signing on April 2.

Keenum addressed the Lone Star counterparts, emphasizing Mississippi State’s attraction of top-tier students from Mississippi, across the U.S., and globally.

The freshly inked articulation agreement is part of MSU’s broader efforts to smoothen the transition for incoming students. The university has seen an increase in such agreements, especially since the inception of the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, which has significantly expanded acceptance of technical credits from community colleges and military training.

“We are committed to offering the academic programs desired and needed by students, regardless of their location,” Keenum affirmed. “This includes our innovative Bachelor of Applied Science program launched in 2019. The online options provide unparalleled flexibility and convenience without compromising quality.”

He stressed the high demand for MSU programs that address critical workforce shortages.

“The B.A.S. program is a golden opportunity where graduates earn both technical skills and a four-year degree, equipping them with the capabilities to take on higher responsibilities, climb the career ladder, lead, or establish their own businesses. It’s a win-win for students, institutions, and the economy as it contributes to a robust workforce and boosts post-secondary education levels,” Keenum explained.

Explore more about Lone Star College at www.lonestar.edu.

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