SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — Southwest Texas State University will offer more degree programs at the North Austin/Williamson County Multi-Institution Teaching Center (MITC) beginning next fall.
The expansion of degree offerings was approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents at its regular meeting May 12 and 13 in Huntsville on the campus of Sam Houston State University.
The board authorized the university to offer at the MITC a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in management, a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree with a major in applied arts and sciences, a master of science in interdisciplinary studies degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies and a master of arts degree with a major in technical communication.
A partnership of five institutions -- SWT, Austin Community College, Concordia University, St. Edward’s University and Temple College -- the MITC began offering coursework at several locations during the 1998 fall semester.
SWT already offers 11 graduate degree programs through the MITC and will also begin offering a bachelor of science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies leading to elementary teacher certification next fall. The additional programs are the result of surveys of educational needs in the area.
The North Austin/Williamson County MITC was designed as a coalition to continually assess and respond to higher education needs in the community. Associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, workforce training and adult education are offered at the MITC sites.
The MITC offices are located behind Westwood High School at 12400 Meadow Lane in Austin. Call (512) 219-5798 for more information.
In other action, the board welcomed three new members to its ranks. Sworn in at the meeting were new regents Patricia Diaz Dennis of San Antonio, Dionicio “Don” Flores of El Paso and James A. “Jimmy” Hayley of Texas City.
Diaz Dennis is senior vice president for regulatory and public affairs at SBC Communications. She holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a law degree from the Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law. She replaces Elizabeth Topper Nash of San Marcos, whose term expired.
Flores is executive vice president and editor of the El Paso Times. He is a graduate of SWT and replaces Craig H. Vittitoe of Harlingen, whose term expired.
Hayley is president and chief executive officer of the Texas City-LaMarque Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and replaces Ray Zapata of San Angelo, whose term expired.
In other SWT-related business, the board:
Received internal audit reports from the system’s component universities.
Approved course fees, routine budget amendments, personnel matters and curriculum changes.
The Texas State University System includes Angelo State University in San Angelo, Lamar University-Beaumont, Lamar University Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Lamar University-Orange, Lamar University-Port Arthur, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, SWT, Sul Ross State University in Alpine and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College in Uvalde.
Members of the nine-member board are Pollyanna A. Stephens of San Angelo, chair; Floyd Nickerson of Abilene, vice chair; Patricia Diaz Dennis of San Antonio; Dionicio “Don” Flores of El Paso; John P. Hageman of Round Rock; James A. “Jimmy” Hayley of Texas City; Thomas M. Moeller of Beaumont; Nancy R. Neal of Lubbock; and Macedonio “Massey” Villarreal of Houston. Chancellor Lamar Urbanovsky manages the system’s office in Austin.