UTRGV officials expand degree offerings at campuses

EDINBURG — As the inaugural year winds down at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, administrators are working to bring more course offerings for the second year in business, officials said.

So far, they are preparing to announce more than 20 degree expansions that would allow students to complete some degrees on one campus starting fall 2016.

“One of the primary objectives and main goals of UTRGV is to expand educational opportunity,” said UTRGV Deputy Provost Cynthia Brown. “One of the most important ways is to make our programs available to students throughout the Valley without having to travel.”

The creation of UTRGV meant that what officials call the legacy institutions — UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville — had to reorganize their course offerings to now work as one.

Not every degree was fully available at each campus, which meant students would be required to travel more than 60 miles between campuses.

This expansion is mainly affecting the Brownsville campus, which will have full degree offerings, including Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

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