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Texarkana College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Wins Big at Virtual International Convention

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Texarkana College’s Zeta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society took place in the first-ever virtual PTK International Convention ­­– Catalyst 2020. The three-day convention was scheduled to be held in Grapevine, Texas in late spring but was turned into a virtual event due to COVID-19. At the convention, TC’s chapter earned national recognition for its academic excellence and TC President Dr. Jason Smith, along with the Zeta Sigma Chapter advisor Dr. Mary Ellen Young, were honored for their leadership. 

“Though the event did not happen exactly as planned, one aspect went exactly as we had hoped,” said Young. “Dr. Smith received the Paragon Award for New Presidents – an award given to presidents who have been in their position for less than four years and who recognize, promote, and support their local, state, and international PTK chapters. Our chapter nominated of Dr. Smith for the award because of the incredible support and encouragement he gave our student members. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Review Return to Campus Protocols

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At today’s board meeting, Texarkana College Trustees reviewed recommended protocols for employees to return to work and for phased-in campus reopening following the mandated COVID-19 closure. TC President Dr. Jason Smith told Trustees that although plans are in place to begin Phase I on May 26, the plans will remain tentative based on the availability of personal protective equipment and supplies necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment according to local and state guidelines. 

“Strict procedures will be followed to ensure the safety and protection of everyone at Texarkana College,” Smith said. “Phase I will begin on May 26 and will continue through June 8, 2020. During this time, TC will operate with limited personnel not exceeding 25% of building capacity and required staggered shifts. A mandatory drive-through health screening station serviced by a Certified Nurse Aide will be set up for employees as they enter the campus parking lot. After clearance, employees will be issued security wristbands for building entrance. Continue Reading →

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Dr. Donna McDaniel of Texarkana College Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leaders

40 Aspiring Community College Presidents Will Participate in 2020-21 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship to Advance Student Success

Texarkana, TX, May 4, 2020 – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction at Texarkana College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selected leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. 

The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2020. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers, and will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change, and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers, and other partners. 

“Evidence shows that substantial improvements in student success are achieved only when presidents have the commitment and skill needed to lead change within their institutions and through partnerships in the community,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “These fellows have been chosen because they embody that commitment and, we believe, will build their skills even further to become transformational presidents.”

Texarkana College president Dr. Jason Smith said he is pleased to hear of Dr. McDaniel’s selection to the Fellowship. “It is my great honor to call Dr. McDaniel my colleague and to learn from her wealth of knowledge,” Smith said. “I value her professionalism and I admire her servant-leader heart. Without a doubt, Dr. McDaniel embodies the very essence of legendary leaders within our field and she is primed to move into the next step of becoming a college president.”

McDaniel said she is humbled and honored to be chosen for this outstanding professional development opportunity. Continue Reading →

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Online Registration Opens for Texarkana College’s Summer and Fall Semesters

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April 29, 2020, Texarkana, TX- Registration for Texarkana College’s May mini-mester, summer sessions, and fall semester is now available online at texarkanacollege.edu. Though campus buildings are currently closed, TC faculty and staff are available via phone and email to help students apply and register for classes. Academic Advising Coordinator Linda Bennett said the enrollment services team is working hard to get students registered for upcoming semesters amid the shelter-in-place order. “The most important thing I would tell students to make the registration process easier is that if they are sending an email about registering for classes, make sure to give their full name and student ID, or for new students, their full name and date of birth,” Bennett said. “That way, as we go through messages to help students, we can distinguish who sent what and look things up ahead of time to help them as fast as possible.”

Students are traditionally required to come to the enrollment services office to meet with an advisor. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Virtual Info Sessions

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Texarkana College recruiters are hosting virtual information sessions to help future students with enrollment for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Like any other company, TC is facing its own unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but to bridge the gap, TC is using technology to provide a way for people to interact with enrollment specialists and get answers to their questions about registration, financial aid, and degree plans. 

TC will be hosting several online Virtual Information Sessions between now and April 30th using the website, Zoom.us. This is an easy to use web-based application that connects people together using audio and video tools. The app can be used on a smart phone or on a tablet or home computer. The virtual sessions will group future students with a member of the TC recruitment team. Continue Reading →

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Faculty Contract Renewals and Campus Crisis Preparedness Discussed at TC Trustee Meeting

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March 30, 2020- Today, the Texarkana College Board of Trustees approved 9- and 12-month faculty contracts for the 2020-2021 academic year. More than 75 full time instructors are employed within TC’s five divisions: Business and Social Science, Health Sciences, Liberal & Performing Arts, STEM, and Workforce. TC Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Donna McDaniel, said TC faculty is recognized as extremely qualified by students and peers. “Among higher education institutions in Texas, TC has some of the most experienced and talented instructors in the industry,” said McDaniel. “Several of our faculty members have been appointed to serve on state-wide curriculum planning committees and provide expert content for open-source textbooks and curriculum.”

McDaniel said that TC faculty are equipped and ready to continue top-quality instruction during the pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Adopt Resolution in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

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March 20, 2020, Texarkana, TX-  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent declarations of emergency announced by national, state and local authorities, Texarkana College Trustees met via a virtual meeting today to adopt a resolution giving the college president authority to make decisions on behalf of the Trustees outside of normal methods of operations. Board president Kyle Davis said the Trustees saw the need to act quickly in response to the emergency situation. “We are aware that during this time of change and uncertainty resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, it is paramount that we facilitate the efficient and effective utilization of resources available to the College to maintain operations in an altered manner,” said Davis. “The resolution allows for the college president to act for the Board of Trustees during this time of emergency in various areas, including scheduling of work and payments to employees, alteration to 2019-2020 calendar, ability to seek waivers from various agencies, and ability to procure needed items above the president’s normal threshold.”

College President Dr. Jason Smith said he is grateful to the Trustees for their swift response to allow administration to move forward during the next several weeks with decisions that will positively impact student success and the continuation of college operations. “The College’s top priority is the safety of our students and employees,” said Smith. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Closes Campus until April

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Texarkana College is closely monitoring the COVID-19
outbreak and has established the following procedures as of March 13,
2020.  As the national, state and local situations
develop, Texarkana College will continue to monitor and respond appropriately. At this
time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at Texarkana College. Information
and guidelines are changing rapidly, so we will continue to keep you updated. After
consulting with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and other
community colleges throughout the state of Texas, Texarkana College
officials have decided to cancel classes the week of March 23-27, and then
shift to online course delivery from March 30-April 10. During the week
of March 23-27, while classes are postponed, all full-time and part-time
workers will report to campus to complete training and professional development
to prepare for the transition to delivering courses online. Continue Reading →

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Memorial Service Set for Texarkana College Police Officer Damon Lynn

Damon Eric Lynn of New Boston, Texas, age 56, passed away on February 15, 2020. A memorial service will be held for Lynn on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 10:00 AM in the Truman Arnold Student Center on the Texarkana College Campus, 2500 N. Robison Road, Texarkana, Texas. Pastor Kelsey Coleman will officiate the service under the direction of East Funeral Home, Texarkana, Texas. Lynn was born August 29, 1963. He leaves behind two beautiful fur-babies, Sandy and Cassie Lynn, and a multitude of family and friends who love him fiercely. Continue Reading →

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State Report Shows Texarkana College Students Graduate at a Higher Rate Than All Other Texas Community College Students

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Texarkana, TX- A statewide accountability report released this week by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shows Texarkana College ranking first in student graduation rates among Texas community colleges.[i] The preliminary results indicate 49.7% of full-time, first time in college students graduate within three years of beginning their degree or certificate program at Texarkana College, doubling the state completion rate of 24.2%. Texarkana College has held the top position in the state for two consecutive years (2020 and 2019) and ranked first in 2017 among Texas community colleges for 4-year graduation rates. Dr. Jason Smith, Texarkana College President and CEO, said the results of the report set a new institutional record for completion of degrees and certificates. “We are so proud of our students who have set new records for graduation rates again this year,” said Smith. “Our students complete faster and at a higher rate than students at any other state-funded community college. Continue Reading →

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