2022-2023 President's Annual Report

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2022 - 2023 Pඋൾඌංൽൾඇඍ’ඌ Aඇඇඎൺඅ Rൾඉඈඋඍ “EMBRACING MOMENTS OF OPPORTUNITY”

Tൺൻඅൾ ඈൿ Cඈඇඍൾඇඍඌ

Mൾඌඌൺ඀ൾ ൿඋඈආ ඍඁൾ Pඋൾඌංൽൾඇඍ


Hංඌඍඈඋංർൺඅ Oඏൾඋඏංൾඐ


Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Fൺർඍඌ


Mංඌඌංඈඇ Sඍൺඍൾආൾඇඍ, Cඈඋൾ Vൺඅඎൾඌ ๟ Vංඌංඈඇ Sඍൺඍൾආൾඇඍ


Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Dංඋൾർඍංඈඇ


Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Aർർඋൾൽංඍൺඍංඈඇ, Aඉඉඋඈඏൺඅඌ ๟ Mൾආൻൾඋඌඁංඉ


Gඈඏൾඋඇൺඇർൾ ๟ Lൾൺൽൾඋඌඁංඉ


Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ Oඏൾඋඏංൾඐ


Fංඌർൺඅ Oඏൾඋඏංൾඐ


Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Uඉൽൺඍൾඌ


Fඋංൾඇൽඌ ඈൿ ඍඁൾ Cඈඅඅൾ඀ൾ


Dൾ඀උൾൾ Oൿൿൾඋංඇ඀ඌ


Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Dංඋൾർඍඈඋඒ


Sඍൺඒ Cඈඇඇൾർඍൾൽ ඐංඍඁ ඍඁൾ Cඈඅඅൾ඀ൾ



Hංඌඍඈඋංർൺඅ Oඏൾඋඏංൾඐ




Hංඌඍඈඋංർൺඅ Oඏൾඋඏංൾඐ

Texas College was founded in 1894 in Tyler, Texas and has remained at its founding location for 129 years. The institution was established by ministers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church to facilitate the educational needs of African Americans, as an underserved population in the area of east Texas. In 1907, The State of Texas issued the institution a Charter that endorsed her to operate as a corporation with the rights and privileges to function as a college. A specific narrative of the Charter reads, “…The corporation is a religious and educational non - profit organization organized for the purpose: to found and operate a college, under the supervision care and ownership of the Colored Meth odist Episcopal Church in America for the education of youth, male and female, in all the branches of a literary, scientific and classical education, wherein shall be taught also theology, normal training of Teachers, music, commercial and industrial training, and the agriculture and mechanical sciences … and to have, hold, own, teach and do everything necessary to enable it to build, maintain, equip and conduct a University of the first class at the City of Tyler in Smith County, Texas, including theology in all of the branches, science in all its departments; agriculture, horticulture, and all things pertaining thereto; and the industrial arts; together with the right to establish and confer degrees and grant diplomas.” In keeping with the founding expectations, the “heart” of the mission today reminds us that “… Our mission continues to embody the principles of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The College shall prepare students with competencies in critical and creative thinking related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in areas of study. Additionally, the College shall provide an environment to inspire intellectual, spiritual, ethical, moral and social development which empowers graduates to engage in life - long learning, leadership and service.” The College today delivers the mission with the incorporation of core values that address Academic Excellence, Integrity, Perseverance, Social Responsibility, Tolerance and Community Service. Texas College responds to the requests and needs of all of its constituents. Constituent groups generally consist of specific accrediting bodies and its personnel, alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, students and other community partners.


Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Fൺർඍඌ

Bඈൺඋൽ Cඁൺංඋආൺඇ Senior Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III, Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Dallas, Texas.

Fඈඎඇൽංඇ඀ ๟ Aൿൿංඅංൺඍංඈඇ The College was founded by the CME Church, January 9, 1894.

Mඈඍඍඈ “Give the People They Will Find


Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Tඒඉൾ Texas College, one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), is a Liberal Arts, coed, private, and faith based institution with open admission. The designation of HBCU was defined by institutions found before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for the purpose of educating African - Americans. Pursuant to the latest demographics, there are 101 HBCUs in the United States as public and private institutions. The current data reflects the discontinuation of some, as it is down from the 121 institutions that existed during the 1930s. Of the remaining HBCUs, 27 offer doctoral programs, 52 offer master’s level programs, 83 offer the bachelor’s degree and 38 offer associate degrees.

Sඍඎൽൾඇඍ/Tൾൺർඁൾඋ Rൺඍංඈ

Cඁൺඋඍൾඋ Dൾඌං඀ඇൺඍංඈඇ/ Iඇർඈඋඉඈඋൺඍංඈඇ

The State of Texas in 1907, chartered Texas College as a religious and educational non - profit organization with the purpose [abbreviated] … “to found and operate a college under the supervision, care and ownership of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America for the education of youth, male and female, in all branches of a literary, scientific and classical education wherein shall be taught also theology, normal training of Teachers, music, commercial and industrial training, and the agricultural and mechanical sciences … and the right to establish and confer degrees and grant diplomas.” The charter has been amended seven times since the original establishment of it. Light and Their Way”


The Texas College Mace

8 Sean Chagolla, 2023 Valedictorian

Mංඌඌංඈඇ Sඍൺඍൾආൾඇඍ Texas College is a Historically Black College founded in 1894, by a group of CME ministers. Our mission continues to embody the principles of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The College shall prepare students with competencies in critical and creative thinking related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in areas of study. Additionally, the College shall provide an environment to inspire intellectual, spiritual, ethical, moral, and social development, which empowers graduates to engage in life - long learning, leadership, and service. Mංඌඌංඈඇ Sඍൺඍൾආൾඇඍ, Cඈඋൾ Vൺඅඎൾඌ ๟ Vංඌංඈඇ Sඍൺඍൾආൾඇඍ Academic Excellence - Develop a culture of curiosity and creativity that will challenge the frontiers of teaching/learning; stimulate research; raise the level of analytical reasoning and inquiry; and enable students to acquire leadership, human relations, communication, and technology skills. Integrity - Instilling the pursuit of character, honesty, and sincerity of purpose as the moral rubrics upon which the behaviors of our graduates and College family are anchored. Perseverance - Implanting diligence, enterprise, and pride in the application of skills, knowledge, and abilities developed during the course of study at Texas College. Social Responsibility - Promoting in the College community a conscious awareness that we are all stewards of the resources entrusted to our care. Tolerance - Emphasizing openness to divergent points of view and applying an eclectic approach to rational and analytical thinking. Community Service - Encouraging self - extension in service to others as the heart and soul of our educational enterprise. Vංඌංඈඇ Sඍൺඍൾආൾඇඍ Texas College - a creative, culturally diverse, inclusive environment, preparing students who aspire to be purpose - driven, financially secure and marketable leaders. Cඈඋൾ Vൺඅඎൾඌ To address the Mission, the College incorporates the Core Values listed below:


Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Dංඋൾർඍංඈඇ

For the 2022 - 2023 period, Texas College operated under the 2018 - 2023 Strategic Plan. The Plan closed at the end of the 2022 - 2023 school year; a closeout report has been prepared. The categorical emphasis of the Plan includes goals that address:

Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Gඈൺඅ 1: Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ Mൺඇൺ඀ൾආൾඇඍ ൺඇൽ Rൾඍൾඇඍංඈඇ Enrolling, retaining and graduating students who are prepared to enter graduate/professional schools and/or the world of work.


Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Gඈൺඅ 2: Cൾඇඍൾඋ ඈൿ Eඑർൾඅඅൾඇർൾ Establishing academic emphasis within each divisional unit that exemplifies a niche program(s) related to the College's educational programs.


Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Gඈൺඅ 3: Cඈආඉඋൾඁൾඇඌංඏൾ Tൾർඁඇඈඅඈ඀ඒ Maintaining the use of a comprehensive technology plan that embraces institutional resource management, academic program delivery (virtually and face - to - face), cyber security, technology infrastructure development and continuous professional development with the use of technology.


Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Gඈൺඅ 4: Sඍඎൽൾඇඍ Lൾൺඋඇංඇ඀ Identifying best practices (within the academic units) that align teaching and learning with academic performance outcomes. And, establishing within the academic units the essential practices of critical thinking, communication skills (written and verbally) and computational skills.


Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Gඈൺඅ 5: Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Eൿൿൾർඍංඏൾඇൾඌඌ Developing and maintaining planning, implementation and monitoring institutional practices that align with institutional policies and standards of accreditation.


Sඍඋൺඍൾ඀ංർ Gඈൺඅ 6: Fංൽඎർංൺඋඒ Aർർඈඎඇඍൺൻංඅංඍඒ ൺඇൽ Eඇൽඈඐආൾඇඍ Gඋඈඐඍඁ Addressing best practices and standards of accounting principles, federal fiscal mandates, institutional fiscal policies, and standard guidelines for financial sustainability. Also, working with and through third party money managers for planning, implementing and monitoring the endowment.



Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Aർർඋൾൽංඍൺඍංඈඇ, Aඉඉඋඈඏൺඅඌ ๟ Mൾආൻൾඋඌඁංඉ Aർർඋൾൽංඍൺඍංඈඇ Texas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Texas College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 - 4097, by calling (404) 679 - 4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). Pඋඈ඀උൺආ Aർർඋൾൽංඍൺඍංඈඇ* Texas Educational Agency (TEA): The Educational Preparation Program is accredited by TEA. *Council on Social Work Education: The College is currently seeking accreditation of the Social Work Program by the Council on Social Work Education; Benchmark I has been passed to date. Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Aඉඉඋඈඏൺඅඌ Texas College is approved for the training of veterans as prescribed by the Veterans Administration Office. Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Aඎඍඁඈඋංඓൺඍංඈඇඌ Texas College is authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency to admit F - 1 non - immigrant students.

Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Mൾආൻൾඋඌඁංඉඌ · American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers · Association of Governing Boards for Universities and Colleges · Council for Higher Education Association · Council of Independent Colleges · Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas · ICUT Foundation · National Association of Deans, Registrars and Admission Officers · National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

· National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities · National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics · Red River Athletic Conference · Sooner Athletic Conference · Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges · Texas Association of Developing Colleges · United Negro College Fund


Gඈඏൾඋඇൺඇർൾ ๟ Lൾൺൽൾඋඌඁංඉ

Gඈඏൾඋඇൺඇർൾ Texas College continues to operate under the authority of a Board of Trustees that have the authority to make policies and carry out all functions which are authorized by the Bylaws and the Restated Certificate of Formation.


Lൾൺൽൾඋඌඁංඉ The Texas College Board of Trustees has responsibility for selecting the president. The president, who manages daily operations of the institution, does so with support of the executive leadership and staff from the areas of academic affairs, business and finance, development and student affairs. The chart below provides an illustration of the organizational makeup and reporting function.







Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ Oඏൾඋඏංൾඐ

The start of the 2022 - 2023 period continued to be confronted with concerns surrounding a pandemic. To address the admission of new students and the registration of returning students, the administration implemented hybrid measures of safety protocols that included testing for the virus and alternative (hybrid) ways of instructional interaction. The results of testing, showed that there was an escalation at the campus, which was consistent with a regional report issued by the NETHealth Agency for the City of Tyler and surrounding areas. The escalation was also evident with results being a slight decline in enrolment in contrast to the prior year; the reported data evidenced an enrollment drop of 9% (from 737 to 680), with a retention rate of 68%. It should be noted that the drop with enrollment did not affect the fiscal operations of the College because of prudent management and budget planning that proved fiscally sound. The charts graphs in this section reflect enrollment demographics.


Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ ൻඒ Sඍൺඍඎඌ

Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ ൻඒ Gൾඇൽൾඋ


Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ ൻඒ Mൺඃඈඋ


Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ ൻඒ Eඍඁඇංർංඍඒ

Eඇඋඈඅඅආൾඇඍ ൻඒ Cඅൺඌඌංൿංർൺඍංඈඇ


Fංඌർൺඅ Oඏൾඋඏංൾඐ

The fiscal posture of the College was quite good and showed a relatively strong financial position; the administration continued to operate in the “black” as determined by audited financial statements. Additionally, the fiscal management and internal controls were sound and facilitating to the needs and operations of the institution. A show of financial strength was demonstrated from a review of the four primary core ratios and the Composite Financial Index (CFI). Following is an abridged report of the results based on “Target Goals” versus the institution’s performance. The ratio targets were derived from the Strategic Financial Analysis for Higher Education 6th & 7th Editions (including the 2016 Update).


Nൾඍ Oඉൾඋൺඍංඇ඀ Rൾඏൾඇඎൾ Rൺඍංඈ Measures whether the unrestricted operating activities resulted in a surplus or deficit.

Target Goal


The ratio moved in an upward trend and remains well above the target score.

Texas College Performance


Rൾඍඎඋඇ ඈඇ Nൾඍ Aඌඌൾඍඌ Rൺඍංඈ Measures the amount of growth or reduction of total assets in a single year.

Target Goal


The institution showed continuous improvement with a steady increase since 2017.

Texas College Performance


Pඋංආൺඋඒ Rൾඌൾඋඏൾ Rൺඍංඈ Measures the availability of expandable net assets to cover expenses without reliance on additional net assets generated by operations.

Target Goal


The institution performed above the targeted goal.

Texas College Performance


Vංൺൻංඅංඍඒ Rൺඍංඈ Measures the availability of expendable net assets to cover plant - related debt.

Target Goal



2.70x The institution performed above the goal and shows ample capacity to assume additional debt, if necessary.

Texas College Performance Texas College Performance


Cඈආඉඈඌංඍൾ Fංඇൺඇർංൺඅ Iඇൽൾඑ (CFI) Measures the overall financial strength of the institution based on the four core ratios.

Target Goal


The institution performed well above the Target Goal.

Texas College Performance



Iඇඌඍංඍඎඍංඈඇൺඅ Uඉൽൺඍൾඌ


During the academic period 2022 - 2023, there were a significant number of events and activities that proved foundational to the learning experiences of students as well as beneficial to the outcomes proposed by faculty. This report provides an update of such events, and does so with a focus on those that are considered salient. The readers are therefore encouraged to peruse the institutional updates and learn more about Texas College as it operated with the annual theme of “Embracing Moments of Opportunity.” Texas College has stood strong during recent years when there have been many challenges impinging upon higher education communities e.g., plagued by a pandemic; a period of high inflation and economic concerns; and a time of dynamics with enrollment challenges and the retention of students. And, although affected in some instances,

the College has met such challenges with a face of determination to do well. The COVID - 19 pandemic accelerated trends that were already underway in how students learn, work, connect, and use technology. Now more than ever before, the use of technology and the adaption of learning through virtual processes became more necessary and utilized than ever before. And, as a growing demand took place for the need to remain functional, there was also a growing demand on

resources i.e., technology hardware and software; manpower and adequate funding for the delivery of the educational process in a seamless manner. Such challenges also led to the need for new skillsets and new ways of thinking about the delivery of the educational processes. Moreover, challenges also required adjustments that called for changes in strategic directions of operations with partnering and finding new ways to leverage resources, to the benefit of students.


Fඈඋආංඇ඀ Pൺඋඍඇൾඋඌඁංඉඌ: Tൾඑൺඌ Cඈඅඅൾ඀ൾ Pൺඋඍඇൾඋඌ ඐංඍඁ CVS Pඁൺඋආൺർඒ ൺඇൽ Sඈඎඍඁඌංൽൾ Bൺඇ඄

The relationship between higher education and the business world has advanced from simply delivering entry - level employees into the workforce pipeline. Organizations across industries have begun to recognize the value of employing a workforce that is committed to continual growth and development. The academic year of 2022 - 23 for Texas College marked the beginning of expansive opportunities for students in who are interested in medical, business and other corporate careers.

The CVS Scholarship Program open doors to supporting partnership opportunities that will lead to professional development and career pathway relationships for Texas College students with CVS. The components of the initiative propose to have varied opportunities of participation

that provide mutual benefits for both CVS and Texas College in the immediate and long - term future. The general thrust of the initiative will address select needs and complimentary services with support of students, community residents, faculty - staff, and CVS associates in the Tyler Texas /East Texas Region. For CVS and Texas College, the ultimate interests of the project is to establish ways to recruit - retain - retrain suitable individuals, from program entry at Texas College, and further create career pathway employment opportunities with the CVS Corporation.


Further, Texas College (entered exploratory discussions) for partnership with Southside Bank which will support programming and scholarships for the Division of Business, as well as initiate new collaboration by students’ participation in education and mentoring activities; more details are to be discussed. The current Business Leadership Program will expand academic growth by providing direct exposure to commercial banking and introduce students to the industry through a formal curriculum, interaction with executives, industry mentors,

and commercial banking internships. The contribution aligns with Regions Bank’s strategic focus on elevating education and workforce readiness initiatives. Both programs are dedicated to career advancement by combining classroom learning with interactive professional experiences. Texas College is prepared to receive the support of corporate leaders as a way not only shaping tomorrow’s leaders, but to also broaden students’ horizons.

Pංඅඈඍ Pൺඋඍඇൾඋඌඁංඉඌ ൿඈඋ Mංർඋඈ Cඋൾൽൾඇඍංൺඅංඇ඀ Texas College recognizes that professionals must enhance their skills preparation and delivery every day. Whether developing better feedback techniques or learning new ways to check for understanding in the classroom, professional growth is an ongoing experience.

Sometimes it can be difficult to demonstrate mastery of new skills to employers, which make professional advancement more difficult. The “Academy” during the 2022 period continued to establish a pilot program with Blaze Fire E - Gaming and Aperion Institute to consider offering certificate programs/ credentialing. Micro Credentialing can benefit a participant’s learning experiences that are targeted at ensuring that they bring about meaningful career advancement or opportunities for transitioning to new and

exciting careers. Micro Credentialing is the process of earning a micro - credential , which are like mini - degrees or certifications in a specific topic area. They can either be broad, such as 'Machine Learning,' or specific, like 'Using Data to Differentiate Instruction for Electronic Learners.' To earn a micro - credential, students need to complete a certain number of activities, assessments, or projects related to the topic. Once the requirements have been completed, students submit the work to earn the credential. Piloting through continuing education offerings provide a vehicle for students and members of the community we serve to pursue their lifelong learning goals through targeted workforce development courses.


Pൺඋඍඇൾඋඌඁංඉ ඐංඍඁ Uඇංඏൾඋඌංඍඒ ඈൿ Tൾඑൺඌ Mൾൽංർൺඅ ൺඇൽ Pඁൺඋආൺർඒ Sർඁඈඈඅ

In January (2023) representatives from the University of Texas Medical, and Pharmacy Schools visited Texas College. Faculty members from the Division of Natural and Computational Sciences were active participants during the presentation. Both schools of study desired to enter into Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) to provide an opportunity for students who are majoring in the sciences an opportunity to pursue a medical or pharmacy career. The opportunity is

inclusive of a “career pathways” program to aid students for entry into the program, with a reduced score on the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) of 490, along with a pre - entry program that involves the following attributes: · EMT Curriculum in first 4 weeks, followed by in - the - field training and certification. · Biomedical Sciences, Therapeutics and Interventions included in weekly case - based curriculum which involves · Small group sessions multiple times each week. · Self - directed learning emphasized with protected time. · Structure Lab includes integrated coverage of gross anatomy, histology, pathology, imaging, clinical correlations, and embryology. · Teaching Outstanding Physician Skills (TOPS) course includes history and physical examination skills, professionalism, and other critical integrated content to support excellent physician attributes. · Population Health & System Science (PHSS) course includes public and population health, preventative, occupational and environmental medicine, healthcare administration and management, and healthcare leadership. · Interprofessional Education (IPE) course includes focused instruction on interprofessional and teamwork, with opportunities to collaborate with other health professions students. · Community and Rural Medicine Clerkship begins in January of the first year of Medical School. Program officers mentioned having dedicated space on - campus to start the pathways program with a holistic approach to prepare student for pre - entry which involves “Academic Resources” that identify best practices for studying and learning starting in Phase 1; academic peer - mentoring within and across cohorts; a Student Accessibility and Resources Office that works with students with disabilities; and targeted tutoring for students who need additional support in certain areas/topics.


· Career Exploration: consist of guided opportunities to learn more about themselves and how personality/characteristics align with different specialties; regularly scheduled panels and workshops; support and preparation for the transition from medical school to residency. · Student Wellness & Professional Formation: provides dedicated student/resident wellness center

located on the UT Tyler Health Science Center campus; volunteer opportunities to serve our community; regularly scheduled social activities and programming to support student mental health. · Financial support, financial literacy: dedicated financial staff to support students through graduation once students are admitted to medical school. Sඈർංൺඅ Wඈඋ඄ Pඋඈ඀උൺආ: Bൾඇർඁආൺඋ඄ I /Bൾඇർඁආൺඋ඄ II The Social Work Program began pursuit of the accreditation process with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 2022. The multi - phase process of accreditation means that “Benchmarks I, II and III” must be successfully achieved over a multi - year timeframe, with the conclusion by 2024. Texas College successfully

completed Bench Mark I (March 2023) and has been granted approval by CSWE to prepare for Benchmark II. To this end, the Social Work Program continues to forge ahead in preparation for Benchmark II. The next level of the process is primarily immersed in preparing students as competent, ethical, and culturally sensitive social workers with specialized knowledge and skills. The focus will also include preparing them to be committed to evidence - based practice and “planned” social change. A deep commitment to equity and cultural diversity has been brought to the development of the Social Welfare program. The program's mission gives special attention to the poor and underserved populations, and fosters an appreciation for differences based on gender,

25 Once the full accreditation process is complete, graduates with a degree in Social Work will be further prepared with credentialing to accept positions in a variety of settings. Typical positions for social welfare graduates are those that serve children, families, older persons, individuals with developmental disabilities, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, individuals who abuse alcohol and drugs, and those who are in the criminal justice system, health and long - term care agencies, and public social services. In providing these services in agencies and organizations, graduates will be engaged in a wide range of roles, including caseworkers, family advocates and social services employees at community agencies, mental health centers and chemical dependency settings, to identify just a few. ethnicity, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, class and physical and developmental disabilities. The program will also benefit the East Texas region by providing educational opportunities to student who are committed to providing more effective social services to populations experiencing social and economic difficulties.

D.R. Gඅൺඌඌ Lංൻඋൺඋඒ


The National Parks Service funded select renovations of the D.R. Glass Library in the amount of $500,000. The funding was for exclusive enhancements that included roofing replacement; re - wiring the Library; renovation of all Library restrooms to become ADA compliant; and replacement of HVAC units. In addition to the aforementioned, the administration added funding to the Library for aesthetic improvements of the infrastructure and improvement of services. The total updates exceeded $2.1 million. The Library now has state - of - the - art improvements that make it a focal point of the campus. The Library has also expanded data bases for the use of teaching - learning. The recent addition of virtual technologies creates a seamless process for access “anytime and anywhere.” The faculty and administration recognize that the inclusion of new services also enhances reliable internet and computer access that may not be available to students and others adapting to distance learning. Students and faculty are utilizing the databases provided through the College’s learning management system i.e., JICS. Using emails and links through JICS, students have been able to remain engaged with the Texas College community.

The administration has received a number of emails from faculty and students expressing their appreciation for enhancing teaching - learning supports. Further, faculty members and students participate in library training at least twice a semester. The benefit of the training has proven to be most beneficial in building the confidence in utilizing library resources through the available kiosks. The recent student evaluations have indicated that navigating academic resources, and the library for that matter, can have a bit of a learning curve. Many students have participated in the Zoom interactive training with the librarian in an introductory English course, the training is expanded to how to research information utilizing our subscription databases. Faculty members engage to learn professional searching techniques, how to use specific databases, which surveys indicate help immensely with forthcoming projects. The training is designed to inform students and faculty how information is organized, how a database operated, which will participants to feel more comfortable using the databases regularly as a part of learning activities.

Gඋൺඇඍඌආൺඇඌඁංඉ/Sർඁඈඅൺඋඌඁංඉ NITA: Texas College has received a grant from the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) Program. The $2.1 million/multi - year grant allows the College to address “Communities Connected!” through the use of technology innovations that are both campus - based and community focused. To this end, the institution will serve select high schools, select businesses healthcare entities and other partners who can assist with providing needed supports to students and community. Greater Texas Services Grant: The College received funding to assist with scholarship awards for deserving students. The grant award was for a 3 - year period in the total amount of $170,000 to offset student awardees’ educational cost. For the first year, 17 students were awarded scholarships that ranged from $1,000 to $4,000; to total award amount to $35,000.


Nൺඍංඈඇൺඅ Sർංൾඇർൾ Fඈඎඇൽൺඍංඈඇ Pൺඋඍංർංඉൺඍංඈඇ

Dr. Iakhiav, Professor in the Division of Natural and Computation Sciences, continues significant efforts through grantsmanship with the National Science Foundation. His success has led to him receiving an award for a Catalyst Project of the Identification of New Regulators of Endothelial Protein C Receptor Functions . As PI (Principal Investigator) he has previous research experience and more than 30 publications in peer - reviewed scientific magazines. This work is carried out at Texas College (TC), where the focus is on undergraduate education. The PI adjusted his research goals to align them with courses he is teaching and ensuring that the research can be completed with available resources. As a result, Dr. Iakhiaev focused on the interdisciplinary research in computational biology and physics, which employs the data science approaches, including

mathematical modeling, computer simulations, and machine learning, for solving the scientific problems related to the STEM courses. The research goals are to advance scientific research and establish a sustainable interdisciplinary undergraduate research program at TC. This project is one more step toward establishing the research program and involve TC students in undergraduate research. This project will be carried out in collaboration with the laboratory lead by Dr. Rao from research - intensive institution of the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. The collaboration with The University of Texas greatly enhances TC's research capacity by gaining access to world - class computational resources and research infrastructure. The education goal is to enhance students’ learning by involving under - represented students majoring in STEM disciplines in the scientific research and improving the curriculum of STEM - related courses. Dr. Sohel Quazi, Assistant Professor in the Division of Natural and Computational Science was awarded $100,000.00 from the National Science Foundation under the Capacity Planning Grant for Re - Constructing the campus Cyberinfrastructure of a Small, Liberal Arts HBCU in Order to Maximize STEM Innovation and Integration . The main focus of the

project continues to be beneficial to the subject areas of computer information science and engineering. As institutions of higher learning return to normality, a paradigmatic shift has occurred, thus little attention has been paid to the alterations and modifications that may be needed in the Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC) of a small, private liberal arts college in order to maximize outcomes in the preparation of students for entry into, and excellence in performance, in STEM graduate and professional programs. Texas College will utilize the planning grant to complete an assessment of its current infrastructure in order to identify the elements needed in order to reconstruct the system to better accommodate the delivery of STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, Technology) and


liberal arts subject matter, which allows for research in such a way that our students can excel in STEM graduate programs. The broader impact of the grant will generate not merely information but actual knowledge that can advance STEM achievement among the country’s 5,228 liberal arts colleges within the United States, including the ten (10) liberal arts HBCUs. Accordingly, the planning grant will serve as a pathway for the greater preparation of liberal arts students at HBCUs and other liberal arts colleges beyond Texas College. Overall, considering the myriad of changes that had to be faced during the pandemic, the Academy of Texas College embraced the force of change. There has been tremendous vibrancy and innovation in our teaching strategies. The recent developments of expanded technology have enabled transformations in all aspects of how students live, learn, and work. First, we provided learners the ability to curate learning through offering courses through three modalities of face to face, asynchronous (online) and synchronous (Zoom) access. The skills utilized in these learning mechanisms will have an impact over a student’s lifetime of learning and working. In particular, we expanded the curricula to involve exploring new education - to - work pathways and credentials that support underserved populations in obtaining meaningful and rewarding work. Second, we fostered an active marketplace for learning that allows individuals to readily access resources based on their needs. This expanded to the library and advisement services through Upswing, JICS Learning Management System, Zoom interactive appointments, and other

advisement technology software programs. Tailored access to coursework allowed for identity verification, team building, creativity, and sportsmanship through our pilot program of e - gaming. Faculty members were able to explore ideas and tools that enable learners to effectively track, and share the skills they have earned through multiple sources. Finally, Texas College became committed to leveraging emerging technology to improve individual learning and allow learners to develop their own their digital identities through differentiated learning modules.


Dංඏංඌංඈඇ Uඉൽൺඍൾඌ

Dංඏංඌංඈඇ ඈൿ Bඎඌංඇൾඌඌ ൺඇൽ Sඈർංൺඅ Sർංൾඇർൾඌ Dඋ. Hൺආൺൽ Aඅං Cඁൺංඋ

The division has been embedded in preparing leadership opportunities with Southside Bank. The pathways program will provide Students will attend professional skills educational sessions and job shadow in key departments of the financial industry. This will develop their understanding of roles in the banking industry, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their professional work experience. Topics of the leadership sessions will include: developing the talents of others, managing disagreements, coaching for success, empowering people, promoting teamwork, and communicating in the workplace. In social work progress continues with the submission of documentation and artifacts for the accreditation of the social work degree program in preparation of Benchmark II to the Council on Social Work Education - CSWE. Ms. Charlotte Sanders, Program Director and Ms. LaKeisha Harris, Field Director have joined the Department of Social Work. The Division of Business and Social Science have received commendations regarding success in meeting the milestones toward completing the process. Program will remain in candidacy until will accreditation process is complete.

Dංඏංඌංඈඇ ඈൿ Eൽඎർൺඍංඈඇ Dඋ. Aඅංർൾ Aඃൺඇ඀ൺ Cඁൺංඋ

The Division of Education will be offering concurrent discussions regarding advisement, program matriculation, course design, virtual access, and preparing a student for teacher certification and our institutional role with the Texas Education Agency. The division has adopted the new software testing 240 Tutoring to accelerate success on the educational certification examination TExES. Students will be entering the field during the spring 2023 semester for student teaching internships. The software has proven to accelerate the eligibility for state certification exam approval. Once the clinical field experience has been completed, upon graduation students will be able to enter the workforce through school districts as certified educators.


Dංඏංඌංඈඇ ඈൿ Gൾඇൾඋൺඅ Sඍඎൽංൾඌ ൺඇൽ Hඎආൺඇංඍංൾඌ Mඋඌ. Lංඇൽൺ Sංආආඈඇඌ - Hൾඇඋඒ Iඇඍൾඋංආ Cඁൺංඋ

Mrs. Linda Simmons - Henry, Division Interim Chair has taken the lead role in helping students build a solid multidisciplinary foundation for students to become successful in their chosen career pathways and niche markets. Mrs. Simmons - Henry who has also served as Director of the Library, is continuing the appointment of International Archivist for Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated. Dr. Edward Robinson, Assistant Professor of History will be the keynote speaker at the annual Stone - Campbell Journal Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 14 - 15, 2023. Stone - Campbell Journal is designed for students, scholars, and ministers of the Stone - Campbell Restoration Movement who think deeply about the Bible, theology, and issues related to our common heritage. SCJ provides a scholarly platform for biblical interpretation, history, theology, philosophy, apologetics, and cultural criticism for those who value the perspective of the Stone - Campbell Restoration Movement and who endeavor to advance its distinctive principles today. The association provides a juried journal published twice annually by Stone - Campbell International. We welcome well - researched contributions from those who identify with our purpose.

Dංඏංඌංඈඇ ඈൿ Nൺඍඎඋൺඅ ൺඇൽ Cඈආඉඎඍൺඍංඈඇൺඅ Sർංൾඇർൾඌ Mඋඌ. Lංඇൽൺ Jඈඁඇඌඈඇ Cඁൺංඋ

31 Professors in the division have begun partnering efforts to increase admission to the University of Texas at Tyler Medical and Pharmacy Schools. The program will provide students with differentiated learning modules to increase success in the program, including co - teaching in the division. Ms. Linda Johnson continues to serve as the chairperson of the Division of Natural and Computational Sciences. Ms. Johnson has been longstanding in this role and gives immediate supervisory oversight and direction of the unit. Dr. Alexei Iakhiaev, Assistant Professor of Science, leads the Biology Department in working on NSF HBCU - UP Excellence in Research, started in August 2021. Work on this grant includes building of the three - dimensional model of the dimer of Tissue Factor. This is a molecule that initiates blood clotting in disease conditions. Further molecular dynamics experiments with this dimer will be aimed at understanding the regulation of activity of Tissue Factor in normal and pathologic conditions. Three students are trained in the methods used in this work. Three more students who will be interested in research will be included in training. Dr. Sohel Quazi, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Natural and Computational Sciences was awarded $100,000.00 planning grant from the National Science Foundation under the Capacity Planning Grant for Re - Constructing the campus Cyberinfrastructure of a Small, Liberal Arts HBCU in Order to Maximize STEM Innovation and Integration. The main focus of the project will be beneficial to the subject areas of computer information science and engineering.

2023 Cඈආආൾඇർൾආൾඇඍ Eඑൾඋർංඌൾ


Given the excitement surrounding the 2023 Commencement Exercise, Dr. Fennell and the Commencement Planning Committee opted for a new concept and change of venue for the 2023 Commencement Exercise — the campus of Texas College. Nestled behind Gilmore - Hartley Hall, the scene for the 2023 Commencement Exercise was beautifully set with over 1,000 seats that looked onto a large stage stunningly adorned with the Texas College seal. Respectively positioned on each side of the stage was a massive LED video wall and another stage for the Texas College Choir. With this picturesque backdrop set, the 2023 Commencement Exercise began at the stroke of 10:00 A.M. with a distinctive fanfare that led into the “War March of the Priests,” the classical musical arrangement traditionally associated with graduation. This shift in ambience to sacred academic formality was evident as the line of procession began, led by faculty, followed by the 2023 graduates and Golden Anniversary Class of 1973, and lastly the Commencement Exercise’s platform. Dr. Hamad Ali, Division Chair for Business and Social Sciences, posted the College’s mace, which signified the official start of the 2023 Commencement Exercise. 2023’s Commencement Exercise was headlined by the Honorable James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader in the United States House of Representatives, who served as the Commencement Speaker. Congressman Clyburn delivered an inspiring and powerful message to the 2023 graduates. Following Congressman Clyburn’s impartation of wisdom, the graduating students officially crossed over into alumni status as their degree was conferred by President Dwight J. Fennell, signifying the official culmination of their successful academic endeavors. Following the transition of their tassels from the right to left side, the graduates excitedly crossed the stage. Two scholars were additionally recognized for their stellar academic performance: Mr. Sean Chagolla, Valedictorian; and Mr. Darian LaKeith Williamson,

Salutatorian. In addition to the associate and baccalaureate degrees conferred, the College respectively awarded two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to Dr. James E. Clyburn and Dr. Reginald G. Barnes, Sr. Texas College also celebrated the Golden Anniversary Class of 1973 in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of their graduation from Texas College. Further, President Fennell also presented awards to two faculty members, Dr. Alexei Iakhiaev and Dr. Sohel Quazi, as well as three staff members, Ms. Millicent Rickenbacker, Vice President for Business and Finance, Mr. John Roberts, Dean of Enrollment Management, and Mr. Anthony Parker, Director of Physical Plant. Although the 2023 Commencement Exercise was hosted in - person, the ceremony was also live streamed for individuals unable to physically attend.




Fඋංൾඇൽඌ ඈൿ ඍඁൾ Cඈඅඅൾ඀ൾ

Friends of the College are individuals, organizations and businesses who make financial contributions to assist with the education of Texas College students. Contributions are used for scholarships for academic achievement and physical enhancements, to ensure the learning environment is more than adequate for the delivery of the educational process. We are therefore pleased to acknowledge these individuals, organizations and businesses for their generosity and to share our appreciation and gratitude for support during these unprecedented times.



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