The Angelina County Junior College District was established by an election held September 24, 1966. The organization of the College District was promulgated and sponsored by the Education Committee of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce.
At the regular meeting on December 12, 1966, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Jack W. Hudgins, Dean of Grayson County College, as the first President of Angelina College.
Construction of the original seven building campus started in November of 1967. The contracting firm for the six instructional buildings was Kasch Brothers, Inc., of Big Spring, Texas. The contractor for the student center building was T. G. Evans of Nacogdoches. The architects for the College were Kent, Marsellos, and Scott of Lufkin, Texas. Angelina College opened its doors to students in the fall of 1968.
Angelina College is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency. The College holds membership in the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities and is a member of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Angelina College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degree levels – Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Angelina College.
It is the policy of Angelina College to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the college community. In accordance with federal and state law, the college prohibits unlawful discrimination in its programs, activities and employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, creed, or veteran status. Inquiries and complaints of violation of Title VI (race, color, religion or national origin): Title IX (sex); Section 504 (disability); Title II, ADA (disability); or Age Discrimination Act should be directed to: Dana Smithhart, Student Affairs, 3500 South First, Lufkin, TX 75901, telephone 936-633-5293. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.
To meet the requirements of accreditation, to provide for continuing program development and evaluation, and to enhance administrative and support services, the college must conduct on-going research. These assessments will provide data for continuous improvement of the programs, services and operations of the college. The students may be required to take additional examinations, participate in surveys and/or provide samples of their work throughout their academic careers in support of this program.
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 requires picture identification.
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 25 to 49 percent of credits toward an academic program (see List A) and sites where students can obtain 50 percent or more of credits toward an academic program (see List B). Off-campus instructional sites may include high schools in the College’s service area, medical centers and hospitals, and facilities operated by third parties. Four of the College’s off-campus instructional sites are centers controlled and operated by Angelina College in its service area. The centers are the Angelina College & Career Center in Crockett, Texas; the Angelina College Polk County Center in Livingston, Texas; and the Jasper Higher Education and Technology Center in Jasper, Texas.