Comprehensive Standard 3.11.3

 

The institution operates and maintains physical facilities, both on and off campus, that appropriately serve the needs of the institution’s education programs, support services, and other mission-related activities. (Physical Facilities)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College operates and maintains physical facilities that are adequate to serve the needs of the institution’s educational programs, support services, and mission-related activities. Vernon College operates four centers. The main campus is located in Vernon. The Century City Center, Sheppard Learning Center and the Skills Training Center are located in Wichita Falls. Each center provides students with Internet access, library, tutoring and student services. The Vernon campus and Century City Center each have a testing center and bookstore. All services are available to all distance education students. The results of a survey of thirty three community colleges in Texas in February 2006 indicated that the average square foot per unduplicated credit student was 32.14 square feet (30,189,986 square footage/939,396 unduplicated annual credit student headcount). Vernon College had an average of 44.41 square feet per student (328,563 total square footage/7,399 unduplicated headcount).

 

Vernon College has utilized student surveys to verify providing and maintaining a high quality educational process for the students served. A general student survey and a graduate survey are administered. The student survey is more comprehensive and utilized a random sample of 600 students.   After 3 weeks a follow up letter and survey were mailed to students that had not responded to the initial survey. The survey asks students to respond to questions pertaining to themselves, the quality of services in various departments, why they chose to attend Vernon College, and agreement, disagreement, or no opinion to statements pertaining to college policies and services. Of the 600 (23% of the total population) randomly selected, 45% were students on the Vernon Campus, 10% were from the Skills Training Center, 13% from the Sheppard Learning Center, 28% from the Century City Center, and 4% from other minor learning centers throughout the thirteen counties the College serves. The results of the survey indicated the students who completed the survey rated the following reasons for choosing Vernon College as important or somewhat important:

A second and smaller survey instrument is administered to those students that file for or are involved in the graduation ceremony. The graduate is asked to rate various departments and then complete two other questions. Those departments were rated as excellent, good, average, below average, or poor. The responses were tabulated as satisfied if rated by the graduate as excellent, good, or average. The tabulated ratings were: counseling/advising 100%; registration/admissions 100%; placement office 91%; student activities 95.8%; financial aid office 93.8%; veteran affairs 100%; PASS Center/tutoring 100%; library 91.1%; classroom/laboratories 95%; bookstores 96%; and business office 97.1%. The first question asked was: “How well did the courses and program you completed at Vernon College prepare you for employment or for continuing your education?” 100% answered with a positive response; 55% answered this question with a response of excellent; 44% responded with a rating of good; and 6% rated their response with average. The second question asked: “If applicable, did developmental courses meet your needs?” 100% also answered this question with a positive response. 45% rated the services as excellent, 39% responded with a rating of good, and 16% rated the service average.

On-Campus Facilities

 

Vernon Campus

 

The Vernon campus of Vernon College consists of 100 acres and nine buildings, each of which makes its own contribution in support of educational programs, support services, and mission-related activities. These buildings are briefly described as follows: The Osborne Administration Building houses the office of the President, the Office of the Dean of Administrative Services, the Office of the Dean of Instructional Services, the Business Office, The Human Resource Office, the Instructional Technology Offices, the switchboard, the mailroom, the Financial Aid Office, the Admissions and Records Office, the Office of Institutional Advancement, and the theater/ auditorium. This building also houses the Student Services suite, including campus police.

 

The Osborne Administration Building supports the following mission-related activities:

·         Continuing 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;

·         Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and

·         Such other programs as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

 

The Arts and Sciences Building provides laboratories and classrooms for physics, chemistry, math, and humanities; offices for faculty; and a tiered lecture room. The Arts and Science Building supports the following mission-related activities:

·         Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;

·         Continuing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment;

 

The King Physical Education Center contains the gym, natatorium, newly renovated locker rooms, and a newly renovated Wellness Center and supports the following components of the Colleges Mission:

·         Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;

·         Continuing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment;

 

The Sumner Building accommodates classrooms and laboratories with space for equipment and individualized, computer-assisted studies. This building supports the following components of the College’s Mission:

·         Technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;

·         Vocational programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations;

·         Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;

·         Continuing 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;

·         Workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;

·         Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and

·         Such other programs as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

 

The Student Center provides a cafeteria, a large dining area for students, a guest dining room, a student activities area, and the bookstore. This building is in specific support of the following components of the mission:

·         Continuing 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.

 

The Wright Library houses library stacks, a faculty innovation center which includes multimedia development and presentation capability, a 30-station distance learning classroom, a 35-station Internet-equipped computer resource area for students, a testing center, and the Proactive Assistance for Student Success (PASS) Center for academic assistance and tutoring. This building supports the following components of the College’s Mission:

·         Technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;

·         Vocational programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations;

·         Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;

·         Continuing 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;

·         Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and such other programs as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

 

The Maintenance Barn provides facilities for the upkeep of the physical plant and grounds.

 

Two dormitories are located on campus and can house 150 students. The campus also contains a baseball field, a softball field, a tennis court, a rodeo arena, and 100 acres of farmland on the Pease River.

Off-Campus Facilities

 

Vernon College owns one off-campus facility in Wichita Falls (The Century City Center), leases one facility in Wichita Falls (The Skills Training Center), and has use (at no cost) of one facility on Sheppard Air Force Base. All of these facilities have the same services and resources as the on campus facilities (with the exception of the dormitories and athletic fields) and those physical resources in place are adequate and appropriate and support all components of the Vernon College Mission. Additionally, some instructional activities take place off campus. The college contracts with health care facilities in the area to serve as clinical sites for students in the Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Emergency Medical Services programs. Dual enrollment courses are taught at the respective high schools. In both cases, the physical resources in place are adequate and appropriate. Vernon College is not responsible for operating or maintaining these facilities.

 

Improvement of Facilities

 

Vernon College personnel are aware that the physical environment and appearance of a college campus can have a great impact on the student experience, thus contributing to the success of the mission. Consequently, under the President’s overall direction, personnel have sought to create a campus that is inviting to students and creates an interactive atmosphere. This is especially true in our owned off-campus facility in Wichita Falls where there are plans in place to conduct major renovation to expand the facility in the coming years and to make it look and feel more like a college campus.

 

The Master Facilities Plan Sets Priorities 

 

Vernon College utilizes a three-year facilities master plan to schedule and prioritize facility needs. Updated annually as a component of the Strategic Plan, the Vernon College Master Facilities Plan addresses Vernon College’s facility construction, renovation, alteration, and maintenance needs. Funding availability may defer or hasten planned projects, but they are normally completed within the projected timelines. The Facilities Master Plan currently outlines major renovation of the College’s Wichita Falls campus and the Osborne Administration Building on the Vernon campus to accommodate increases in enrollment and additional course offerings.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Vernon campus photo tour

2.    Vernon College Student Survey

3.    Vernon College Graduate Survey

4.    Vernon College Master Facilities Plan