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Institutional Information

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS - VC awards the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree, the Associate in Applied Science degree, the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, the Certificate of Completion, and the Occupational Skills award. Any plans by VC for improving an academic program can be found at https://www.vernoncollege.edu/college-effectiveness-home. For more information on available academic programs see Publications 

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION - For information about VC's accreditation see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/sacscoc/home.aspx Students may request a copy of the school's notice of accreditation in the Office of the President. VC is approved and regulated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students may request a copy of the approval in the Office of the President. Many associations and/or agencies credit, approve or license VC and programs offered at VC. More information and procedures by which a student may receive a copy of the schools accreditation, licensure or approval is available at  Accreditation Information

FACILITIES - A photo tour of the instructional, laboratory and other physical facilities which relate to the academic programs available at VC can be viewed at Campus Virtual Tours

FACULTY AND INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL - A list of faculty and other instructional personnel is available at Employee Directory

SPECIAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES - For information about facilities and services VC makes available to students with disabilities see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/ada-home.

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS - Vernon College does not participate in study abroad programs.

STUDENT LOAN DEFERMENT - A deferment is a period of time during repayment in which the borrower, upon meeting certain conditions, is not required to make payments of loan principal. Interest does continue to accrue during these periods of deferment. For some loans, the federal government pays the interest during the deferment. On others, the borrower is responsible for the accrued interest either by making monthly interest payments or having the interest capitalized. Deferment can be authorized for economic hardship, unemployment, military deployment, enrollment in school, temporary total disability or other similar situations. Students should contact their lender for more information.

RETENTION RATES - As per the Fall 20 IPEDS enrollment report, Vernon College's retention rate for full-time, first time students was 37%.

ENROLLMENT - 48% of the 2148 students enrolled for spring 2022 received title IV aid.

VACCINATIONS - For information about VC vaccination policies, see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/new-bacterial-meningitis-vaccination-requirement

TRANSFER OF CREDIT - Academic courses (specified in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual and the VC core curriculum) successfully completed at VC should be fully transferable to and accepted as comparable degree credit by any Texas public institution of higher education where the equivalent courses are available for fulfilling associate and the lower division portion of baccalaureate degree requirements. It is the responsibility of the student, however, to determine prior to registration the transferability of any course. Since transfer of specific courses normally depends upon the applicability of the completed work toward a degree plan specified by the receiving institution, any program of study at VC should be planned to parallel the requirements of the program at the institution to which the student plans to transfer. 

Texas public senior colleges and universities will usually accept sixty-six (66) hours of credit from a two-year college. Developmental courses are not transferable.

TRANSFER DISPUTES

Occasionally, a problem may arise when a lower-division VC course is not accepted for credit by a Texas public institution of higher education. If this occurs, the following procedures should be followed for the resolution of credit transfer disputes involving lower division courses.

  1. If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, the receiving institution shall give written notice to the student and to the sending institution that transfer of the course credit is denied. At this point the student may dispute the denial of credit by contacting the VC Vice President of Instructional Services.
  2. The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of course credit in accordance with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines.
  3. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of denial, the institution whose credit is denied shall notify the Commissioner of Higher Education of the denial.

The Commissioner of Higher Education or the Commissioner’s designee shall make the final determination about the dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination to the involved student and institutions.

GUARANTEE FOR TRANSFER CREDIT

Vernon College guarantees to its Associate in Science and Associate in Arts students who have met all the requirements for the degree, beginning May 1993 and thereafter, that course credits taken at VC will transfer to other public supported Texas colleges or universities provided conditions listed below are met.

1 Transferability means acceptance of credit toward a specific major and degree at a specific institution. These components must be identified by the student during the application for admission process prior to the first semester of enrollment at Vernon College.

2 Limitations on total number of credits accepted in transfer, grades required, relevant grade point average, and duration of transferability apply as stated in the general undergraduate catalog of the receiving institution.

3 Transferability refers to courses in a written transfer/degree plan filed in a students file in the Office of Admissions and Records at Vernon College. This plan must include the institution to which the student will transfer, the baccalaureate major and degree sought, and the date such decision was made.

4 Only college-level courses with the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual approved numbers are included in this guarantee.

5 Credit by examination (such as CLEP, etc.) must satisfy requirements of the receiving institution.

If all the above conditions are met and a course or courses are not accepted by a receiving institution in transfer for similar course or courses as listed in the Lower-Division General Academic Course Guide Manual, the student must notify the Vice-President of Instructional Services at Vernon College within 15 days of first notice of transfer credit denial so that the transfer dispute resolution process can be initiated.

If course denial is not resolved, Vernon College will allow the student to take tuition-free alternate courses, semester hour for semester hour, which are acceptable to the receiving institution within a one year period from granting of a degree at Vernon College. The graduate is responsible for payment of any fees, books, or other course-related expenses associated with the alternate course or courses. 

ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER COURSE WORK

Normally, all college course work satisfactorily completed at a regionally accredited college or university will be accepted in transfer to Vernon College. The transferability of courses completed at a non-regionally accredited institution will be determined by the Director of Enrollment Management/Registrar with assistance from qualified faculty members.

A course-by-course evaluation of transfer work for students seeking a certificate or degree will be completed by the staff of the Admissions and Records Office and/or other appropriate college personnel. Notification of amount of credit transferred will be posted on the student's Vernon College transcript as soon as his/her admission file is completed and evaluated preferably prior to enrollment, but at the latest, prior to the end of his/her first semester of enrollment.

NOTE: Acceptance of transfer work does not imply applicability to degree requirements. Degree applicability will be determined by a division chairperson, instructional administrators and/or Director of Enrollment Management/Registrar.

Failure to disclose the name of every college or university previously matriculated (enrolled in) without regard to whether credit was earned or not will be considered as an intentional omission and may result in disciplinary action regarding, but not limited to, administrative withdrawal with forfeiture of tuition and fees.

Vernon College has signed articulation agreements with the following 4-year schools: Midwestern State University, Arizona State University, Wayland Baptist University, Ashford University, West Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin University, Baylor University, Kaplan University, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas, Texas Western Governors University, Tarleton State University, University of Texas Dallas, and Bellevue University. In all cases, Vernon College is considered a host institution. The degree granting, or home institution, should be contacted for additional information such as costs and delivery method.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT - Vernon College prohibits the unauthorized use and distribution of copyrighted materials including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing. Violating this policy may subject the student to civil and criminal liabilities and appropriate disciplinary actions as specified in the Student Handbook. 

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under Section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in it’s discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines up $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.

INFORMATION ON PLACEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT OBTAINED BY GRADUATES OF VERNON COLLEGE

For information on placement rates of VC graduates see, Placement Rate . For information on types of employment obtained by VC graduates see, Types of employment 

COST OF ATTENDANCE. The following table provides average costs for an academic year (Fall thru Spring) for a Texas resident living in student housing and enrolling in 15 hours per semester: 

Tuition and Fees

$4,800

Books and Supplies

$1,600

Room and Board

$5,654

Transportation

$2,219

TOTAL

$14,273

Please see the Vernon College General Catalog for tuition and fee tables for part-time enrollments. For information regarding any additional cost of a particular program, please contact the Vice President of Instructional Services.

REFUNDING OF FINANCIAL AID - Title IV funds are offered to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire enrollment period. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of the financial aid funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive. For students who received any Title IV aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, and Direct Loans), other than Federal work study, funds will be returned to the program(s) from which the student was funded. Up through the 60% point in the period of enrollment, a pro rata schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60% point in the period of enrollment, a student has earned 100% of the Title IV funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period. A Return to Title IV calculation must be completed even if the student has completed more than 60% to determine if the institution owes the student a post-withdrawal disbursement. The withdrawal date is the date the student began the withdrawal process, the student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically-related activity, or midpoint of the period for a student who leaves without notifying the institution. The calculation of the return of these funds may result in the student owing a balance to Vernon College and/or the Federal Government. Return of Title IV funds are allocated in the following order: Unsubsidized Direct Loan, Subsidized Direct Loan, Plus Loan, Pell Grant and SEOG. Further details and examples can be obtained in the Financial Aid Office.

REFUND POLICY - For information on the refund policy which Vernon College is required to comply for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of costs paid to VC, see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/refund-policy

ROOM AND BOARD REFUND POLICY - For information on the student housing refund policy, see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/housing-meal-plan

REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES FOR OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWING - Students may drop a part of their course load or withdraw from all classes anytime after they have registered and paid, and until the last day to withdraw as printed in the registration guide. Students are strongly encouraged to visit with their instructor(s) before seriously considering dropping a course or withdrawing from school. To accomplish the drop or withdrawal, specific procedures must be followed. Students should contact the Admissions and Records Office on the Vernon campus, or the Admissions and Records Office at the Century City Center to begin the drop or withdrawal procedure. Students receiving Title IV financial aid funds should contact the Financial Aid Office concerning the calculation of return of funds before starting the withdrawal procedure. Students voluntarily dropping or withdrawing within the first seventy-five (75) percent of the semester will receive an automatic grade of W unless an administrative withdrawal has previously been processed by the College. The printed registration guide should be used for specific withdrawal dates. The grade of F will be awarded for drops or withdrawals processed after the published dates unless an administrative withdrawal has previously been processed.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES- For information on student activities, see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/student-activities-homepage

INFORMATION DISSEMINATION COORDINATOR - Colleen Moore, Director of Enrollment Management/Registrar is available, upon reasonable notice, to assist students in obtaining consumer information throughout the normal administrative working hours of VC. Students should contact Jeanne Ballard, Director of Financial Aid, for information on student financial aid assistance. Students should contact Kevin Holland, Director of Campus Police for school security policies and crime statistics. Their offices are located in the Osborne Administration Building on the Vernon campus. You may also contact them by phone at (940) 552-6291.

 

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  • Vernon Campus
    4400 College Drive
    Vernon, TX 76384
    940.552.6291
  • Century City Center
    4105 Maplewood
    Wichita Falls, TX 76308
    940.696.8752
  • Skills Training Center
    2813 Central Expressway East
    Wichita Falls, TX 76302
    940.766.3369
  • Seymour Learning Center
    200 Stadium Dr
    Seymour, TX 76380
    940.889.3133
1970 marked the beginning of Vernon College. Throughout this decade the College continued to grow and more students enrolled in both on- and off-campus courses. On January 20, 1970, a majority of the citizens of Wilbarger County voted to create the Wilbarger County Junior College District. Following that decision, Vernon Regional Junior College was established and on April 9, 1970, the newly elected Board of Trustees appointed Dr. David L. Norton as the College’s first president. Campus construction began in May 1971, and included an Academic Science Center, Administration-Fine Arts Center, Applied Arts Center, Library, and Student Center. The following year, on September 5, 1972, classes met for the first time on the Vernon campus with a total of 608 students. On August 1, 1974, Dr. Jim M. Williams became the College’s second president. In the fall semester of that year, combined on- and off-campus enrollment exceeded 800 students. During the 1975-76 academic year, the College expanded its services to include a learning center on Sheppard Air Force Base. During this year, enrollment in credit courses, both on- and off-campus, rose to a level of 1,199. The scope of the Vocational Nursing Program was enlarged during the 1976-77 academic year with the assumption of the Bethania School of Vocational Nursing in Wichita Falls. In August 1976 the Physical Education Center was dedicated in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. King longtime benefactors of Vernon College. Growth and changes continued during the 1980s. In August 1980 a Student Residence Center, designed to house 128 students, opened for occupancy. Further expansion of program offerings in the Wichita Falls area was accomplished through absorption of an existing proprietary school that was renamed the Vernon College Technical Center and the integration of the nursing program from the Wichita Falls Independent School District. On March 22, 1982, Dr. Joe Mills took over the leadership of the College as the third president. That fall, the College fielded its first intercollegiate rodeo team. During 1983-84, the Department of Cosmetology and the Career Development Center (previously known as the North Texas Skills Center) were established in Wichita Falls. On the Vernon campus, the Chaparral Center was completed, and the Pease River farm purchased through a state land trade. The following academic year, 1984-85, Vernon College reached a record credit enrollment of 1,863 and a record continuing education enrollment of 7,056 registrations. A Vocational Nursing Program opened in Seymour, and the Board of Trustees established a college foundation and approved an agreement to allow construction of the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon campus. In February 1987 the College played its first intercollegiate baseball game on the Vernon campus. During May of that year, the new Natatorium was opened in the King Physical Education Center. A newly constructed Athletic Dormitory opened to house 28 athletes in August 1988. In October, Trustees voted to add women’s volleyball as a varsity sport, effective with the fall 1989 semester. In May 1989 Vernon College moved all Wichita Falls programs to one centralized location—Century City Center. Since the College opened its doors 38 years ago, many individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations have made an investment in our students through the creation of endowed and annual scholarships. As of this year, more than 100 scholarship funds are available to help students pursue their educational dreams.VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The College takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society. Vision VERNON COLLEGE VISION: Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services. Values VERNON COLLEGE VALUES: Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to: Accessibility Accountability Building Relationships Diversity Inclusion Innovation Leadership Quality Student Success Teamwork Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what is important to us at our college. Mission VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to: Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates; Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations; Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees; Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment; Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ; A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals; Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs; Support services for educational programs and college-related activities; Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and Other To help prospective and current students, faculty, and staff locate important information about Vernon College, this webpage provides links to helpful information on a variety of government mandated and consumer information. Examples are academic programs, cost of attendance, financial aid, safety and security, and institutional financial reports. Vernon College’s presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Act, as amended, and implementing regulations.