Angelina College is committed to delivering the same quality of instruction and student services and to ensuring compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation regardless of wherever courses and programs are located or however they are delivered.
Angelina College has adopted the SACSCOC definition of distance education as “a formal educational process (synchronous or asynchronous) in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place.” The College calls synchronous distance education courses either “virtual” courses, which never require in-person meetings, or “hybrid” courses, which require at least one in-person meeting during the course. Asynchronous distance education courses are called “internet” courses, and these courses do not require in-person or online meetings between faculty and students or among students, although the faculty member will be available online or in-person during published office hours to help or consult with students.
Angelina College offers distance education courses online through its learning management system called Blackboard often using Collaborate, which is a browser-based web conferencing solution for learning. Additionally, Angelina College offers distance education courses through the Virtual College of Texas in joint cooperation with other Texas junior college districts. In limited circumstances, faculty may use interactive television (ITV) to deliver synchronous distance education courses. In distance education courses, students are issued a secure login and pass code to ensure the student who registers in a distance course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit. At the course instructor’s discretion, students enrolled in a distance education course may also be required to take proctored examinations, which require picture identification.
Off-Campus Instructional Sites
Off-Campus Instructional Sites and Centers: Angelina College operates a number of off-campus instructional sites. In keeping with SACSCOC policy, the College distinguishes between off-campus instructional sites where students can obtain 50 percent or more of credits toward at least one academic program (see Table D), and sites where students can obtain 25 to 49 percent of credits toward at least one academic program (see Table E). Off-campus instructional sites may include centers controlled and operated by Angelina College, high schools in the College’s service area, medical centers and hospitals, and facilities operated by third parties.
Angelina College Polk County Center in Livingston, Texas is controlled and operated by Angelina College. Any Angelina College student may access services online; at the main campus in Lufkin, Texas; and at the Angelina College Polk County Center.