Core Requirement 2.11.2

 

The institution has adequate physical resources to support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services. (Physical Resources)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

The institution has a state defined mission to serve 12 counties in northwest Texas.  The population of the service area is concentrated in two counties, Wilbarger County and Wichita County. Wilbarger County has as its county seat Vernon which is the location of the original campus. Wichita County has the largest population within the service area and is located east of Wilbarger County with a county seat of Wichita Falls. Wichita Falls has a population of approximately 105,000 and Vernon has a population of approximately 10,000. The Vernon Campus is placed on 100 acres on the northwest edge of Vernon. Three instructional locations are in Wichita Falls. The Century City Center (CCC) is owned by the institution and has approximately 135,000 square feet of total space. The institution currently occupies and uses 75% of the building for educational purposes. The Sheppard Learning Center, which is located on Sheppard Air Force Base, has a few classrooms and one administrative office and these facilities are used at no cost to the College. The Skills Training Center (STC) in Wichita Falls is approximately 60,000 square feet of space that is leased from Wichita County. The STC has some office space but mainly provides educational space for workforce/continuing education programs and course offerings.

 

The institution has adequate physical facilities to support all educational programs. The space dedicated to instructional purposes span four locations within two cities, Vernon and Wichita Falls. Vernon is the original campus and three sites in Wichita Falls support the demand for educational programs and courses throughout the institutionís designated service area. There are six educational buildings in Vernon with 164,029 dedicated square feet of space. Approximately 12,000 square feet of space was remodeled in the summer of 2007 to accommodate five additional classrooms in the Century City Center in Wichita Falls.

 

Administrative and support services space is also appropriate to meet the demands on the institution by its students and local communities. Administrative space has been expanded as service needs have expanded. The Osborne Administrative Building on the Vernon campus was remodeled and expanded during 2005-2006 to accommodate all Student Service Division Offices. This has enabled the College to better serve the students by allowing them to utilize all administrative functions in one building.

 

The institution has a Master Facilities Plan that is updated annually by a committee from all employee groups and reviewed with the Board of Trustees. The plan includes activities for deferred maintenance, perpetual maintenance, and remodeling projects. The plan is funded by approximately $450,000 annually from local ad valorem taxes. The proposed remodeling plans are reviewed and recommendations are made for the projects that need to be completed within 1-3 year, 3-5 year and 5-7 year timeframes.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Vernon College Master Facilities Plan 2007-2011