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Our Mission

Texarkana College is a publicly-supported, two-year community college Dedicated to serving the educational needs of diverse individuals, businesses and the community through Relevant programs and services that are high quality, affordable and accessible. These programs are offered in an Environment of Excellence supported by a highly qualified, engaged and informed faculty and staff committed to promoting and increasing student Achievement and success in the development of knowledge and skills necessary for a rapidly changing world. Measurable student learning and institutional outcomes provide a culture of continuous improvement and data-driven decision making.  In fulfillment of this mission, Texarkana College prepares individuals for Success in life and HOPE for a better tomorrow.

For more information please contact:

Suzy Irwin
Director of Institutional Advancement, Texarkana College
(903) 823-3095
suzanne.irwin@texarkanacollege.edu

PRESS RELEASE- January 01, 2018

Texarkana, Texas- Survey results announced at Texarkana College’s regular monthly Board of Trustees meeting show 90% of surveyed students and general public answered “Yes” to the question: “Would you recommend TC as a place for a student to start or start over?” According to the College President, maintaining a visible presence throughout the entire service area and striving to build community trust and support have led to a high approval rate from constituents.

Over the last five years, the TC Board of Trustees accomplished their goal of providing citizens in the service area with opportunities to learn more about programs offered at Texarkana College and to express their views and concerns. Quarterly board meetings have been held away from the main campus, and members of TC’s faculty and staff have hosted town hall meetings and participated in community events throughout the entire service area.

“Our goal has been to keep a finger on the pulse of the communities we serve and continue to be the primary economic engine of our service area by providing a high return on investment for our students and the businesses that support our programs and depend on us to provide a skilled workforce,” TC President said.

A report by TC’s Vice President of Instruction indicated that the College had conducted a thorough review of all degrees and certificates TC offers. With completion goals as the catalyst for change, administrators evaluated program curricula to ensure TC courses offer rigorous and relevant instruction that leads to high demand occupations or transfer to a four-year degree program. TC participated in the landmark Department of Labor TAACCCT grants funding community colleges for creating enhanced and accelerated pathways to employment. TC was among the first community colleges in the nation to receive funding through a round one consortium grant focusing on health care education. In its round three grant consortium partnership, TC implemented cutting-edge technology that supported the use of open-source instructional software and materials which have facilitated a more affordable and efficient culture for both faculty and students.

“A student can now earn more than half of their degree through an open-source medium. This cuts down on student expense and provides access to state-of-the-art curriculum that has been developed by global leaders in education, business and industry,” said TC’s Vice President of Instruction. “This type of instruction has not been available within our community until now, and Texarkana College is pleased to be the first to offer this opportunity to our students.”

Leveraging experience from previous rounds, TC also became a round four consortium leader in the TAACCCT grant program to continue its work in creating technology-enriched educational programs that further supported economic growth and development for the community.

Over the last five years, the College has taken steps to ensure students reach their highest potential by earning a credential or degree. To support the student success endeavor, the Palmer Memorial Library has become a centralized Academic Learning Commons housing library services as well as a Student Success Center. Specialized advisors work with students to guide them toward accelerated pathways that lead to faster completion. Additional services include a Hispanic population outreach center and specialized tutorials, as well as job placement and credit transfer assistance. In addition, a student internship program has led to greater completion rates and job-placement within our community. One example is the utilization of students to assist with daily operations at the on-campus radio station KTXK FM 91.5, an NPR affiliate.

In a presentation led by the TC Faculty Association President, the Board of Trustees learned that TC was named as the “Best Place to Work” in the Northeast Texas Region of Community Colleges based on statewide and local survey data. Members of the Board noted that a focus on recruiting and retaining first-class human resources led TC to receiving this distinguished status. In addition, several recent updates have supported the prestigious designation. Updates include accessibility to online employment applications, yearly evaluation of all employees, a board-approved compensation manual, and 100% faculty compliance with SACS requirements. Board members also noted that TC’s faculty and staff are the institution’s most valuable asset, and the implementation of a campus-wide professional development plan has been a successful initiative within the College’s culture.

The Chief Financial Officer reported that TC had a break-even budget despite the fluctuations in state funding and revenues. Cost-savings initiatives that helped balance the budget include the adoption of an in-house Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and the implementation of an energy management plan that resulted in significant savings on energy costs. These changes are the first phase of the College-wide master facility plan, which also includes updates on campus security and safety systems. In addition, the plan includes the expansion of campus facilities by repurposing and renovating the newly acquired Texas A&M University-Texarkana facilities to house growing TC programs. TC’s CFO reported that the net assets of the Texarkana College Foundation have exceeded $5 million, and the new full-time executive director has developed a plan to increase the amount to $10 million in the next five years.

In final business, a presentation was made to the Board of Trustees by TC performing arts students who have helped with the development of the newly established “Center for the Arts” on the TC campus. The students presented a plaque to the trustees showing their appreciation for their vision of strengthening relationships within the community and the development of the arts in the region.

 

Increasing the number of persons with higher education credentials in our region is our highest priority.

 

12-Month Goals

1A. Texarkana College will annex Cass County, Texas, by 2020 resulting in lower tuition and greater access to affordable higher education credentials for residents.

1B. Texarkana College will offer scholarship opportunities for Dual Credit courses to area high school students.

1C. Strengthened and expanded dual credit, online and distance education course offerings will enable students to fully complete core courses online by August 31, 2015.

1D. TC will meet or increase the total institutional outcomes-based funding earned annually by Texas’ Student Success Points model through improvements in: 1) college readiness, 2) first college level course completion, 3) earning semester credit hour thresholds, 4) degree and certificate completion, and 5) transfer.

1E. By August 31, 2015, TC will develop a plan to provide accessible and affordable child care for students.

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

 

 

12-Month Goals

2A. Education and management of student loans will result in a 20% or less default rate.

2B. By August 31, 2015, ERP independence will be fully realized, and cost savings will enable TC to operate without dependence on one-time donations.

2C. Texarkana College will implement a college-wide master facility plan including board-approved safety and security updates and razing/repurposing of existing vacant buildings.

2D. KTXK Radio Station will be relocated and fully updated to its new home in the Aikin Building.

2E. Texarkana College will install keyless-entry electronic locks throughout the campus by August 2015.

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

 

12-Month Goals

3A. The net assets of the TC Foundation will exceed $10 million by 2020.

3B. The Foundation will launch an alumni outreach program called TC PROUD.

3C. More than 90% of surveyed students and the general public will continue to answer “Yes” to the ultimate question: “Would you recommend TC as a place for a student to start or start over?”

3D. TC will strengthen its relationships with the performing arts community and establish a regional higher education vocal performance program that includes dual credit courses.

3E. TC will form a partnership with Keep Texarkana Beautiful that will allow the college to host a community-built holiday display and entertainment destination on the walking trail by November 2015.

3F. TC will continue to increase Hispanic enrollment to achieve 15% enrollment for Fall 2015.

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

 

 

12-Month Goals

4A. Using the “Pay for Grades” model initiated by McDonald’s, Texarkana College will encourage local businesses and industries to support their employees’ efforts to complete a higher education degree or credential.

4B. Texarkana College will double the number of courses using open-source software and instructional materials by August 31, 2015. By offering at least 22 courses with open-source materials, TC will be the regional leader in providing this cost-savings service to students.

4C. A western Bowie County initiative will promote student engagement and success.

4D. Texarkana College will develop guided academic pathways for students to complete academic milestones as well as degrees and certificates in a more efficient and timely manner.

4E. Texarkana College will strengthen off-campus programs at TC@TexAmericas Center and Atlanta to help with economic growth and stability for our region. By August 30, 2015, off-campus training sites will have a positive return on investment and break-even budget.

Maintaining first class human resources and commitment to continuous improvement of institutional culture is paramount to student success.

 

 

12-Month Goals

5A. Texarkana College will develop and complete an internal analysis of compliance with principles of integrity, core requirements, comprehensive standards and federal requirements of The Principles of Accreditation as established by SACSCOC.

5B. Texarkana College will design, adopt and implement a Quality Enhancement Plan that significantly improves student learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning.

5C. Utilizing the TC Data Dashboard, student success and institutional key performance indicators will be measured regularly and data trends evaluated by the TC Leadership team to make informed decisions about changes to degrees or programs.

5D. Texarkana College will develop and implement a strong brand positioning statement and awareness campaign based on data collected from internal and external stakeholders.

5E. Human resources will continue to ensure all employees receive annual performance evaluations and that 100% of faculty meet SACSCOC requirements.

5F. Texarkana College will organize and host an employee benefit fair that will provide access to investment, retirement, estate planning and healthcare resources.