and Mission. The Virtual College of Texas is a consortium
of all accredited, public Texas community and technical colleges.
It includes the 50 community college districts and the four
colleges of the Texas State Technical College system. The mission
of VCT is to provide distance learning access to all Texans
wherever they may live, regardless of geographic, distance,
or time constraints. There have been more than 34,000 course
enrollments through VCT since it became operational in 1998.
Making the Most of Distance Learning Resources. The basic
VCT strategy is to share distance learning resources among its
member colleges. This sharing makes it possible for students
to enroll in a local (host) college for courses provided by other
colleges throughout Texas, while receiving support services from
the local institution. VCT's host-provider model leverages distance
learning resources (including faculty, courses, support services,
professional development, and technology) to benefit students
throughout Texas no matter where they live.
Governance and Management. The Virtual College of Texas
is a service of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC).
VCT Governance rests with TACC, operating through its executive
Telecommunications Committee and the TACC Distance Learning Advisory
Committee (DLAC). The DLAC includes administrators of distance
learning, instruction, student services, and instructional technology
representing the six TACC-defined regions of Texas. The Director
of VCT is Ron Thomson.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has recognized VCT with its Star
Award. "Programs receiving the Coordinating Board Star Award . . . represent
the best of the best in efforts to close the educational gaps that challenge
our state." (Commissioner of Higher Education Don W. Brown)
For additional information, consult The Virtual College of Texas Web Site.