Schools to Provide Scholarships, Pathways to Degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, and Education

Dallas, Texas (August 30, 2017) – University of North Texas at Dallas and Eastfield College announced the launch to Dallas Connect, a program that will give local students admission to both Eastfield and UNT Dallas, with a clear pathway to a four-year degree in criminal justice, business, or education. Dallas Connect is designed to provide holistic educational support for students through mentoring, financial support, and campus engagement toward building student leaders who will go on to be the future leaders of Dallas.

“We are proud to partner with Eastfield College for this unique program – this is significant, because it will give high school students in Dallas, Forney, Garland, Mesquite, and Sunnyvale a clear pathway to an associate’s and bachelor’s degree that can be visualized and understood on the front-end,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong. “At UNT Dallas, we see higher education as a great equalizer and pathway to social mobility and Dallas Connect further defines that pathway for students.”

The program kicks off this fall, offering Eastfield students who are in their first semester the chance to opt-in to Dallas Connect if they meet the following requirements:

  • Recent high school graduate
  • Completed 18 semester credit hours or less from Eastfield College by December 31, 2017
  • Deemed “College ready” or one semester away from “college ready” as determined by Eastfield College (determined by TSI scores, placement exams, etc.)

Interested students can opt-in to the program by contacting their Eastfield advisor and completing an official application.

“I am so glad students will have the opportunity to begin their course work leading to a bachelor’s degree at Eastfield College by taking the first two years of their program at Eastfield, graduating with an Associate’s degree, and then transferring to UNT-Dallas to complete the bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Jean Conway, President of Eastfield College. “Because the students will have dual admission to both Eastfield and UNT Dallas, their transition from the college to the university will be seamless.”

Students must maintain a 2.25 GPA, full-time enrollment, attend regular meetings with advising and career services, and participate in several engagement-focused events on and off campus throughout the school year to maintain their cohort eligibility.

Additional program benefits and services include: scholarship funds from Eastfield and UNT Dallas; frequent, one-on-one academic advising from each institution; priority registration; trips to UNT Dallas while still attending Eastfield; SWAG with gear from both schools; fixed-tuition plan for UNT Dallas based on year of enrollment at Eastfield; Eastfield and UNT Dallas ID cards and access to UNT Dallas services while attending Eastfield; and mentoring from both Eastfield and UNT Dallas faculty in the student’s area of study (business, criminal justice, or education).

For more information on the Dallas Connect program, email Dr. Kimberly Lowry, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success at Eastfield College, at, or Stephanie Holley, Vice President of Student Access and Success at UNT Dallas, at

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