Higher ed board OKs Texas Physics Consortium
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Texas Higher Education Coordination Board has approved the creation of the Texas Physics Consortium, a unique collaboration among physics programs at several Texas universities.
The program will combine faculty expertise and resources at Tarleton, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Southern University and Midwestern State University. The consortium, which will jointly award bachelor of science degrees in physics, will greatly increase opportunities for physics students at a substantial cost savings, said Tarleton’s Dr. Dan Marble, associate professor of physics and director of the consortium.
“The Texas Physics Consortium institutions service areas span a significant geographical part of Texas, with several institutions serving first generation college students from rural areas, African Americans and Hispanic students, who are underrepresented in high paying STEM fields,” Marble said. “By pooling resources, consortium students will have access to faculty with expertise in nearly every area of physics, and a wide range of facilities, including multiple telescopes, accelerators, super computers, etc.,” he added.
The consortium will also share select classes with the physics program at Texas A&M University-Commerce and provides physics courses to students in the secondary math/physics teacher certification program at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
The courses will be offered using a hybrid approach, including face to face and the existing live, interactive video system, formally called the Trans Texas Video Network. The consortium will provide students with access to courses taught on an annual rotation rather than biannual rotation, unique specialty tracks in medical/health physics and astronomy, and in nuclear engineering through a collaboration with the Nuclear Power Institute and Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University.
“I am pleased with the leadership that Dan Marble has provided in this project," said Dr. James Pierce, dean of the College of Sciences and Technology at Tarleton. “I strongly believe that the new consortium will produce a significant number of physics graduates and that it will serve as a national model for providing quality STEM education in regional universities.”
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
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