University description (as per official university website)
South Plains College is a comprehensive, two-year community college that serves the greater South Plains area of Texas with innovative educational programs that span the arts and sciences, technical education, continuing education and workforce development. Serving a 15-county area that comprises the southern portion of the Texas High Plains, the college's main campus is located in Levelland. SPC maintains two extension centers in Lubbock that are located at the Reese Center and the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center. Additional extension centers are maintained in Plainview, Muleshoe and Denver City.
The college's educational program includes academic transfer courses which parallel university programs for students who plan to earn a bachelor's degree. SPC also maintains a diverse offering of one and two-year technical programs for students who want to develop specific job skills and then enter the world of work.
Through its Arts and Sciences Division, the college offers students 43 academic transfer options in 22 disciplines which lead to the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Varied degree programs can be found in the fine arts, creative arts, the sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences, communications, languages, mathematics, engineering, business administration and physical education. Students who attend SPC complete their freshman and sophomore course work and then transfer to a university to complete the remaining years of a baccalaureate program. The college's faculty advisor system helps students plan for successful transfer.
In the Health Occupations Division and Technical Education Division, the college offers another 74 programs which lead to the Associate of Applied Science degree, Associate of Applied Arts degree or a Certificate of Proficiency. Students enrolled in these programs receive first-class training in a variety of career and occupational areas, including allied health, nursing, business administration, the creative arts, computer information and electronics technology, industrial technology, and professional services and energy. All technical programs are continually updated with the help of advisory committees composed of representatives from the medical community, education, the professional community, business and industry. In this way, SPC can assure students are receiving technical training that is in tune with the times.
South Plains College also provides short-term training and workforce development programs in a variety of formats which help individuals gain marketable skills for immediate employment or that help them upgrade existing skills to meet emerging job technologies. Through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, the college is an active participant in the area's economic development efforts.
SPC takes great pride in its teaching faculty and its teaching facilities. Instructors are highly qualified in their respective areas of study. But more importantly, they are associated with SPC because they want to teach. The college's instructional facilities are also excellent. Students learn in modern, comfortable classrooms and labs that house some of the most current teaching equipment available. Hands-on training and teaching concepts are an integral part of the educational philosophy. Additionally, there is a commitment to introducing students to advanced technologies and computer applications in all areas.
More than 9,000 students take advantage of the educational offerings available at SPC each semester, and nearly half of all SPC students are the first in their families to attend college. An additional 5,600 students enroll in non-credit continuing education or workforce development programs each year. Overall, the college serves more than 17,000 individuals annually through its various educational programs.
South Plains College's accessibility, its excellent facilities, and its qualified, friendly teachers are what bring about student success at SPC. Personal attention in and out of the classroom is a way of life.
Mission, Vision, Values
South Plains College provides a quality learning environment. We are a comprehensive, public, open admissions community college that serves a 15-county region comprising the southern portion of the Texas High Plains. We are committed to providing learning opportunities that are high quality, accessible, flexible, and affordable through academic transfer, technical-vocational, continuing education, workforce development and community service programs. We offer these programs in a learning environment that is innovative, stimulating, compassionate, safe, diverse and supportive of the community. We do so by employing dedicated and qualified teachers, staff members and administrators who deliver a broad and dynamic curriculum and quality student support services. Understanding the diverse needs of students and the community, South Plains College seeks to improve the lives of our students and prepare them for lifelong learning.
In order to accomplish its mission, South Plains College is committed to the following institutional purposes:
1.To provide associate degree programs in the arts and sciences that successfully prepare students for university transfer into baccalaureate degree programs.
2.To provide certificate and associate degree programs in technical and vocational education areas that equip students with skills, attitudes and aptitudes necessary for gainful employment, for professional certification or for advanced study.
3.To provide students the opportunity to learn as a lifelong endeavor; to acquire skills for communications, critical thinking and problem-solving; to explore the use of technology; to express creativity; to experience leadership; and to grow socially.
4.To provide developmental programs designed to assist those students who are underprepared for college and who need to develop college success skills.
5.To provide flexible continuing education, adult literacy, and basic skills programs for individuals who wish to enrich their lives or who desire to upgrade existing knowledge and skills to meet new job demands.
6.To provide workforce development programs, including specialized business and industrial training, which anticipate and address the specific needs of the global workplace.
7.To increase student success by providing assessment, advisement and counseling services that assist students in clarifying personal, academic and career goals; by providing tutoring and other student support services; by providing enrollment, financial aid and job placement services; and by providing opportunities to participate in the academic and social life of the college through social activities, community cultural leadership and wellness-fitness services.
8.To increase access to educational opportunities through distance learning, technology and other innovations.
9.To listen actively to the needs of our constituents; to work in partnership with others to build communities; and to provide community service programs, cultural opportunities and activities that reflect the diversity of the region the college serves.
10.To effectively develop, utilize and manage our resources and to continuously improve the quality of our processes.
The student enrollment at South Plains College was 6,602 in 2007 (4,665 full-time equivalent).
Undergrads are 100% of enrolled students.
About 1% of freshmen are from countries other than the US. Students living in the US make up 99% of incoming freshmen.