Presidents of Auburn University and Tuskegee University signed an agreement Wednesday to join together the two universities’ communications programs for undergraduate and graduate levels.
This agreement will allow students at Tuskegee enrolled in the communications program, who maintain a 3.0 GPA, to complete their senior year at Auburn, where they then would be eligible to apply for admissions to graduate school at Auburn and earn a master’s in communication.
“This partnership will open an array of programming opportunities for our students, thus increasing their career prospects,” said Tuskegee University President Charlotte Morris. “Auburn University has excellent infrastructure and faculty expertise in these frontier areas, and we are delighted that the opportunity for expanded studies has been extended to our Tuskegee University students. We look forward to this partnership and other ways of collaboration in opening new doors of access for our students.”
They’ll be able to enroll in courses in Auburn’s four undergraduate majors within the School of Communication and Journalism: communication, journalism, media studies and public relations. The first students could begin enrolling in 2022.
Auburn President Jay Gogue noted the strong collaborative relationship Auburn University has with Tuskegee in remarks given during the signing of the memorandum of understanding Wednesday.
“This partnership is yet another way in which we can strengthen that bond while living out our land-grant mission of bettering our community and providing greater access to educational and professional opportunities,” Gogue said.
In August, both universities partnered to create STEM research mentorships with graduate students and faculty at Auburn for Tuskegee students interested in STEM fields. The universities previously agreed to connect their veterinary colleges at both institutions in 2018, signing an agreement increasing the number of “under-represented, board-certified specialists and diversity in the veterinary profession,” according to Auburn’s Office of Communications and Marketing