Strategic Plan

2016-2018

Our Mission

Advancing our community through attainable higher education and lifelong learning.

Media Release

AUGUST 31, 2018
Texarkana, Texas—This year Texarkana College’s enrollment topped 8,500, a record number that College officials partially attribute to the College’s annexation of its service area in Cass County, Texas, in Fall 2016. Since a portion of Cass County voted to join the TC district, residents in that area now enjoy significant discounts with in-district tuition rates, enabling more people to earn higher education degrees and credentials at a lower cost. Just last week the College held a ribbon cutting for a state-of-the-art Cass County training site for high-demand occupations in the region, including industrial maintenance, welding and cosmetology.

TC’s enrollment growth can also be attributed to last fall’s full launch of the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which pairs students with a faculty advisor in their field of study and enrolls those students in a course that helps them develop good study habits and leadership skills.

The community continues to show more support for the College than ever before. Last month the TC Alumni & Friends Network welcomed its 1000th member, and the TC Foundation has secured more than $3 million in donations since 2016, pushing it well on its way to achieving its goal of reaching $10 million in assets by 2020.

TC’s financial aid department reported this spring that student loan default rates remain less than 30 percent, ensuring that TC students will continue to have access to federal financial aid to fund their educations.

TC faculty are reporting positive results from the College’s new standardized model for online courses, which rolled out in January 2017. Faculty worked collaboratively by department to standardize online courses according to Quality Matters standards, an international initiative ensuring quality curriculum and pedagogy in distance education. As a result, students can expect consistent rigor and quality from all of TC’s online and web-enhanced courses.
After upgrading facilities and improving outdoor lighting for added security, the College recently replaced core equipment in its academic buildings to ensure the highest level of technology is available to students. Another facility improvement is the Perot Leadership Classroom. Established in 2016, this space in the Palmer Memorial Library plays host to numerous leadership training courses for community businesses and organizations—in addition to TC’s tailor-made continuing education and professional development offerings for local entities—to help boost economic growth in our region and create a higher return on investment in our local market.

TC intends to continue moving forward. According to President James Henry Russell, TC has come a long way in meeting strategic goals, but more work is yet to come.

“Students, faculty, staff and Trustees all helped design the strategy for TC’s success, and I could not be more proud of the progress we’ve made,” Russell said. “TC is doing an excellent job of helping the state reach the lofty goal of 60% of persons in Texas holding a higher education credential by year 2030 (60X30TX). This is a lofty goal but one that can be reached by establishing a college-going culture within our communities. This is TC’s ultimate goal—to help secure a better future for our state by doing our part right here at home. It’s a win-win for us all.”

2016-2018 Top Priorities

  • Boosting enrollment to 8,500 for 2017-2018 academic year
  • Annexing TC’s service area in Cass County in November 2016
  • Achieving a student loan default rate of less than 30%
  • Reaching $10 million in TC Foundation assets by 2020 and growing the TC Alumni & Friends Network to 1,000 members by 2018

Core Values & Beliefs

Opportunity

Our highest priority is increasing the number of people with higher education credentials in our region.

Excellence

Excellence is non-negotiable in financial management,  facilities/grounds, and a safe and secure learning environment.

Community

Community trust and support are critical to the College’s success.

Success

TC is the economic engine of the area, and our programs provide a high return on investment for our students and the community.

Integrity

First class human resources and commitment to continuous  improvement of institutional culture are vital to student success.

Opportunity

Our highest priority is increasing the number of people with higher education credentials in our region.

Our goals:

  • TC will boost enrollment to 8,500 for 2017-2018 academic year.
  • TC will annex its service area in Cass County in November 2016.

Excellence

Excellence is non-negotiable in financial management, facilities/grounds, and a safe and secure learning environment.

Our goals:

  • TC will have a student loan default rate of less than 30%.
  • TC will enhance and continue facility cosmetic upgrades.

Community

Community trust and support are critical to the College’s success.

Our goals:

  •  The TC Foundation will reach $10 million by 2020, and the TC Alumni & Friends Network will have 1,000 members by 2018.
  • A public relations campaign will educate the public on the value and marketable skills associated with obtaining higher education credentials.
  • 90% of people surveyed will answer “yes” to the ultimate question:
    “Is TC a great place to start or start over?”

Success

Texarkana College is the economic engine of the area, and our programs provide a high return on investment for our students and our community.

Our goals:

  • TC will aggressively engage local businesses and industries to identify training barriers and opportunities, responding by developing customized leadership and skills training through our Community & Business Education Center and exploring the viability of new Workforce Education certificate and degree programs.
  • TC will build on the Perot Leadership Classroom in the Palmer Memorial Library to create a rich leadership curriculum that is offered community-wide for leadership training and enrichment programs.

Integrity

First class human resources and commitment to continuous improvement of institutional culture are vital to student  success.

Our goals:

  • By January 2017, all online courses will meet Quality Matters standards (an international initiative to ensure quality curriculum and pedagogy in distance education.)
  • TC will fully implement the SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan, Connect: Start Smart. Finish Strong. by Fall 2017.
Download a pdf copy of the Texarkana College 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.