Branch Campuses, Centers, Extension Facilities

Education Code 130.251(a), (d), (f)


"Branch Campuses"

"Extension Center or Extension Facility"

Conversion Option


Role, Mission, and Purpose

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 state-mandated core curriculum;

Continuing adult education programs for occupational or cultural upgrading;

Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing 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 purposes as may be prescribed by the Coordinating Board, or local governing boards, in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

Education Code 130.251(b); 19 TAC 8.74(b)(1)

Programs and Courses

Courses and programs must meet the role, mission, and purposes as described herein;

Courses and programs must be developed and operated with the ongoing assistance and involvement of the parent district faculty and staff; and

Instructional faculty credentials, full-time/part-time faculty ratios, teaching loads, faculty performance evaluation and effectiveness, student accessibility to faculty, etc., must be reviewed to ensure that these elements contribute to the quality of courses and programs offered.

19 TAC 8.74(b)(2)

Description of Staffing Plan


19 TAC 8.74(b)(4)

Regional Higher Education Council Review and Certification

Public Hearings

Assess public sentiment regarding the proposed branch campus;

Determine whether programs in the proposed branch campus will create unnecessary duplication or seriously harm programs in existing community college districts or other institutions of higher education in the area; and

Assess the potential impact of the proposed branch campus on existing community colleges or other institutions of higher education in the area and on the state of Texas.

19 TAC 8.74(c)


Coordinating Board Approval

19 TAC 8.75(a), (c)–(e)

Withdrawal of Approval

Approves the establishment of a community college district that includes the site of the branch campus;

Approves the merger of the out-of-district area that includes the site of the branch campus with the parent district; or

Determines that the community college district has failed to maintain the standards and criteria of Coordinating Board rules and regulations at the branch campus.

19 TAC 8.76

South Texas College Branch Campus

North Central Texas College



DATE ISSUED: 11/21/2018