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Austin College and Texas Tech teaming up

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SHERMAN, Texas -- Austin College is partnering with Texas Tech University -- a private institution and a large state university are working together.

It's not something you often see.

"I think higher ed needs to be thinking outside the box in providing more pathways to students, and this is one of those ways we can do it," said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec.

The business partnership, signed Thursday, will give Roos a fast track to a master's degree as the Red Raiders bring their graduate courses to the Sherman campus.

"Students can begin taking graduate classes while they're undergraduates," explained Beth Gill, the dean of Austin College faculty. "This will enhance their ability to complete their degree quickly and more affordably."

Both schools say when we educate better students, we better Texas. It's about efficiency, affordability and accessibility.

The current program is for a Master of Arts in Mass Communications degree, but they hope to expand it.

"I think increasingly we need to be going to where the students are, and West Texas isn't the center of the population of the state," Schovanec said. "So this is a wonderful way for us to have a presence in this rapidly-growing area."

So why do these two schools continue to work together?

"We have a mission of accessibility and affordability," Gill said. "It's something that both of our institutions share. We want to make our students successful and to be able to achieve their dreams, so it's a natural partnership between our two institutions."

This isn't the first time the two schools have worked together. This new program will start in the fall of 2000.

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