PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College and Baylor University today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas.
San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, and Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus, the College’s newest campus located along the Port of Houston.
“We are very excited about the possibilities and opportunities this Baylor Bound agreement will have for our students,” said Dr. Hellyer. “Part of our mission is to provide seamless transfers for our students, while providing an affordable and quality education for students who choose San Jacinto College as their entry point into higher education. This agreement and collaboration fall directly in line with our mission. We appreciate the opportunity, and are honored to be a part of the Baylor Bound program.”
As one of its goals under the Pro Futuris strategic initiative, Baylor intends to create 10 Baylor Bound partnerships during the next five years. The Baylor-San Jacinto College agreement is the eighth partnership, along with McLennan Community College in Waco, Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Blinn College in Brenham, Collin College in McKinney, Temple College in Temple, Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, and Midland College in Odessa.
Partnerships such as these will help students like Cody Seals, a U.S. Navy Veteran and San Jacinto College sophomore in the Honors program, who plans to transfer to Baylor University this Fall to complete his baccalaureate degree in microbiology, en route to becoming a doctor. “I chose Baylor because they have an extremely prestigious science program and medical school, and I love the challenge that moving on to a school like Baylor can offer me,” he said. “It was during my time in service that I realized my passion for helping people so I decided to return to school at San Jacinto College to start on a life sciences degree on a path to becoming a doctor.”
Students may declare their intent to transfer to Baylor by submitting the Baylor Bound application prior to enrolling at San Jacinto College or while enrolled as a full-time student. Admission to the program will be determined by Baylor’s Office of Admission Services.
Students at San Jacinto College who become part of the Baylor Bound program can choose a plan from 66 majors, all of which are articulated through specific MAPS – or Major Academic Planners – that will assist them as they move toward timely degree completion. More information about these majors and course transfer equivalency between Baylor and San Jacinto College is available at baylor.edu/university_advisement/index.php?id=869884.
Students must be enrolled in an approved Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) academic program leading to an approved Baylor Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and refer to Baylor’s Major Academic Planner when planning course work.
“We continue to be proud of the Baylor Bound programs as we add more esteemed institutions – such as San Jacinto College – to our growing list of partners,” Judge Starr said. “We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with San Jacinto College on this important partnership, which expands educational access for students across our great state.”
Advisers from both institutions will help students select courses that satisfy program requirements to allow for a successful transition from San Jacinto College to full-time status at Baylor. San Jacinto College Baylor Bound students will receive information about scholarships for transfer students and special transfer residential experiences. Also, students from San Jacinto College will have access to Baylor’s libraries via the Interlibrary Loan Agreement as well as special opportunities to visit the Baylor campus and meet with Baylor representatives.
Baylor and San Jacinto College officials, along with alumni, friends and special guests from across the region, gathered at a reception following the signing to celebrate the historic partnership between the two institutions. Speakers included Baylor alumna Allison (Tate) Montalvo, a professor of psychology at San Jacinto College, as well as Chancellor Hellyer and President Starr. Texas State Senator Larry Taylor (District 11), a Baylor alumnus, was also at the signing ceremony, along with State Senator Sylvia Garcia (District 6), and State Representatives Ed Thompson (District 29) and Gilbert Pena (District 144).
About Baylor University
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.