Panola signs articulation agreement with Lamar University


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From left, Dr. Billy "Bubba" Adams, Dr. Gregory Powell, Dr. Kenneth Evans and Dr. James Marquart participated in the signing ceremony.

Lamar University and Panola College have formalized an articulation agreement to better serve the needs of students interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees.

Lamar University President Kenneth Evans and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Marquart and Panola College President Gregory Powell and Vice President of Instruction Billy “Bubba” Adams signed an agreement on the Lamar University campus Thursday, July 18, creating innovative 2+2 programs allowing students to easily transfer to Lamar University to pursue four-year degrees after completing a two-year associate degree at Panola College.

Beginning in fall 2019, Lamar University will offer Panola College students with associate degrees full access to online bachelor degree programs specific to their associate degrees in business, communication, criminal justice and industrial technology.

Panola College was established in 1947 and is a public community college in Carthage. The 135-acre campus, located about 175 miles directly north of Beaumont, serves residents of Harrison, Marion, Panola and Shelby Counties and nearby Louisiana parishes. The college also serves United States Air Force personnel stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.

The articulation agreement is the first of a dozen agreements Lamar University will formalize with Texas community colleges in the coming months to increase access to four-year degrees through 2+2 online programs.

With approximately 15,000 students, Lamar University is a research institution serving Southeast Texas and beyond with more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. LU is a member of the Texas State University System and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The 300-acre campus located 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of Louisiana, is recognized for the quality of its core curriculum, diversity of its student body and low student-to-faculty ratio. In addition to its five academic colleges, LU offers students the opportunity to study in the Reaud Honors College in numerous locations across the world through faculty-led study abroad programs and in co-op work programs as well as dynamic partnerships with business and industry.