As part of its ongoing commitment to provide best-in-class academic programs to its students, Hodges University has announced its intention to formally affiliate with TCS Education System. As an affiliate, Hodges will join a select group of independent, private non-profit institutions that includes The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dallas Nursing Institute, Pacific Oaks College, the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, and Saybrook University.
“We are thrilled with this new partnership and see Hodges University, the students we serve, and the communities of Southwest Florida benefitting in several important ways,” said Dr. Donald Wortham, president of Hodges University. “First, through partnership with TCS affiliate schools, Hodges has the opportunity to bring new academic and workforce development options to our region, and also to reach new students in the markets served by other affiliates. Second, TCS Education System sustains the mission of colleges in its network by providing best-in-class faculty development, student services, and other operational support. Lastly the partnership allows Hodges to gain the benefits of scale that are so important in today’s competitive higher education sector, while remaining independent.”
Through affiliation with TCS, Hodges will gain access to operational support in 11 functional areas that include marketing, information technology, student account services, finance, and legal services.
“Joining TCS is the right move at the right time. The support that my late husband Earl and I have given to Hodges University has focused on providing excellent educational opportunities so our students can achieve their career goals and improve their lives,” said Thelma Hodges, namesake of Hodges University. “In the healthcare field where I worked as a nurse, it is common for hospitals to join together to share services and to collaborate, and universities should do the same. It’s for this reason that I believe the affiliation with TCS Education System will greatly enhance the academic programs our university can offer to students in Southwest Florida.”
“This latest development signifies an important milestone in our System’s evolution and the advancement of our mission,” says Dr. Michael Horowitz, president of TCS Education System. “The strategic addition of Hodges University as a TCS partner college promises to meaningfully enhance our System with both geographic and demographic diversity, and expanded academic disciplines within the TCS portfolio. We see students as change agents, and we are thrilled to add more than 1,500 agents of change to the TCS family. I see the missions of Hodges University and the System as highly aligned as we are all dedicated to creating positive change in local and global communities through excellence in higher education.”
Hodges University will seek approval of the affiliation by its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) and other regulatory bodies, and is hopeful for an affirmative decision by early 2018.