SFA has partnered with Texas A&M University System’s Academic Alliance, RELLIS, to offer a face-to-face completer program for the Bachelor of Science, or BS, in Interdisciplinary Studies’ early childhood through Grade 6 concentration in Bryan-College Station. The partnership will begin in August of 2021 and will allow students from the institutions to transfer into SFA’s program.

“This opportunity is positive for SFA and the Perkins College of Education because it allows our BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, our showcase educator preparation degree, to be made available in a face-to-face delivery modality in the Brazos Valley,” Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of the College of Education said. “Though Texas A&M College Station is nearby, it is a large research university that has very competitive admissions. Having another option, a smaller regional comprehensive university experience that the RELLIS campus provides, may capture students who want a bachelor’s degree but who need [or] want to continue to live in the Brazos Valley [or Bryan/College Station] area.”

SFA is the first institution outside the Texas A&M University System to be invited to offer a bachelor’s degree within the RELLIS Academic Alliance. Previously, the RELLIS Academic Alliance had been limited to Texas A&M system institutions and Blinn College.

RELLIS offers 26 academic options. Program options include degrees in a variety of fields, including technology and engineering, business and industry, natural and human sciences and public service.

“It’s an honor that SFA was chosen,” Steve Bullard, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs said. “I’m really excited to have this opportunity, and I hope that we can expand in the future and offer other programs, including the teaching degree.”

Abbott also feels that the invitation to join the RELLIS Academic Alliance is a remarkable opportunity.

“I hope that SFA has the opportunity to develop more highly qualified candidates and graduates who will be eligible to be certified as a teacher for schools in Texas,” Abbott said.

Dr. James Nelson, associate vice chancellor and director of the RELLIS Academic Alliance, is looking forward to working to working with SFA in the future.

“Students are now able to earn an education degree through SFA’s highly regarded program and it helps produce more teachers for the State of Texas,” Nelson said. “It also opens the door to different types of collaborative interdisciplinary research opportunities with other faculty and students at RELLIS.”

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