TEXARKANA, Texas — The Texarkana College Board of Trustees approved the closure of two computer technology courses that have shown low enrollment for the past 10 years at a meeting Monday.
VP Academic Dr. Donna McDaniel presented the report to the Board of Trustees and recommended the closure of the Associate of Applied Arts Degree with a Concentration in Computer Programming and the Associate of Applied Arts Degree with a concentration in Computer Networking due to a continuous decline in enrollment over the years.
McDaniel said classes had a combined enrollment of just nine students last semester.
“I know for at least seven years we’ve looked at these two programs because the enrollment just hasn’t been sustainable for the number of classes and faculty it holds,” McDaniel said. “We did a lot of analysis and evaluations to try to make it more attractive to attract more students.
“If you look at our workforce data, it doesn’t show there’s a strong demand for jobs. It’s just not sustainable for the way we’ve designed the programs right now. .”
McDaniel said there is an education plan in place to allow students currently enrolled in the program to take courses to earn their degrees.
Beginning in the Fall 2022 semester, no new and/or transfer students will be permitted to enroll in the program. Students previously enrolled in the programs will have the option to complete during the teaching period which must be completed by the spring semester 2024.
In the future, TC may consider offering similar non-credit courses through its Community and Business Education division.
“It was a really tough decision, but we just felt like it was the decision we had to make now,” McDaniel said. “We want to use the next year to really look at and see if there are micro-certificates, which are smaller programs that we can do through our community and business education center, and see if there are any other ways to meet the needs of our community.”
In other meeting news, 2022-2023 tuition and fees have been approved.
There was a tuition increase of $3 per semester credit hour for in-district students and $4 for out-of-district students.
“We work very hard to try to maintain average tuition and fees, compared to the other 50 community colleges,” McDaniel said. “We’re really trying to stay right there in the middle, but we saw there was a need for a little raise.”