Sep 24, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog

General Information


The effective date of this catalog is the beginning of the 2023 fall semester. A student must graduate by August 31, 2028, to be eligible to graduate under the provisions of this catalog.

Accreditation

Lamar State College Orange is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate of arts, an associate of science, an associate of applied science degrees, and certificates of completion. Questions about the accreditation of Lamar State College Orange 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).

Governance

A board of nine regents, appointed by the governor and approved by the state senate for terms of six years, governs the Texas State University System (TSUS). The Board of Regents, in turn, delegates the operational authority to the Chancellor and the presidents, campus administrative officers, and faculty of each component institution.

TSUS Board of Regents

  • Charlie Amato, Regent San Antonio
  • Duke Austin, Chairman Houston
  • Garry Crain, First Vice ChairmanThe Hills
  • Dionicio (Don) Florez, Regent El Paso
  • Nicki Harle, Regent Baird
  • Stephen Lee, Regent Beaumont
  • Sheila Faske, Regent Rose City
  • William F. Scott, Chairman Nederland
  •  Alan L. Tinsley, Second Vice-Chairman Madisonville 
  • Gabriel Webb, Student Regent The Hills

TSUS System Administration

  • Brian McCall, Ph.D., Chancellor
  • John Hayek, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs
  • Carole M. Fox, C.P.A., Chief Audit Executive
  • Daniel Harper, M.B.A., Vice-Chancellor, and Chief Financial Officer
  • Nelly R. Herrera, J.D., Vice-Chancellor and General Counsel
  • Sean Cunningham, J.D., Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations
  • Mike Wintemute, Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications

College Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Vision 

Lamar State College Orange will be the College of choice serving Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. As an exemplary place of learning, Lamar State College Orange will prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Our students will arrive with the hope of a productive future and leave with the knowledge and opportunities for success that a Lamar State College Orange education provides.

Mission Statement

Lamar State College Orange transforms lives and communities through the continual pursuit of academic, professional, and personal excellence. We provide new and unique opportunities for growth and success. We are the bridge connecting those we serve to a bright, Orange future.

Core Values

To foster a collaborative environment of integrity and accountability, Lamar State College Orange values:

  • Quality: Providing excellence through education
  • Growth: Building a shared vision of opportunity and advancement
  • Service: Meeting the needs of the communities we serve
  • Innovation: Creating an array of unique educational opportunities
  • Success: Achieving personal and professional goals

College History

In fall 1969, Lamar University opened its first extension center in Orange, Texas, with classes held in the old Tilley Elementary School. In 1971 the Texas Legislature passed legislation enabling Lamar University to operate a two-year educational center, thus removing the extension status and allowing students to take two full years of coursework on the Orange campus. In 1971 the building was destroyed by fire, and a spirited community-wide fundraising effort netted more than $250,000 for the purchase of the former Sabine Supply Company building, located at 410 Front Street in Orange. Classes began at this location in the fall of 1971. Since that time facilities, enrollment, and course offerings have grown steadily.

The Texas Legislature authorized the creation of the Lamar University System in 1983. In 1991 the Texas Legislature provided degree-granting authority to Lamar University-Orange. Lamar University-Orange, along with sister institutions in Port Arthur and Beaumont, was merged with the Texas State University System (TSUS), effective September 1, 1995. With system offices located in Austin, TSUS also includes Sam Houston State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Sul Ross State University.

During the 1999 legislative session, Lamar University-Orange was officially renamed Lamar State College Orange.

Lamar State College Orange currently has a student body totaling approximately 2,500. A variety of two-year academic programs is offered, leading to associate of science degrees. These programs will transfer to four-year institutions for students seeking baccalaureate degrees. Several technical/occupational programs are available, which lead to an associate of applied science degrees or certificates of completion.

Compact with Texas

Agency Name

Lamar State College Orange

Services Rendered

LSCO is a state-supported, two-year institution of higher education offering students both an academic transfer curriculum and a variety of high-quality vocational, and technical programs. Additionally, non-credit classes and training opportunities are provided for the continuing education of community members and the customized training needs of local businesses and industries.

Service Principles

LSCO is committed to providing quality service to students who can expect:

reliability – consistent quality performance, access to services, and timely and accurate completion of tasks.

credibility – qualified faculty and staff, trustworthy administrators, prompt problem solving, and accurate printed materials.

environment – conducive to learning-safe premises, appropriately dressed faculty and staff, and friendly and accurate information.

responsiveness – helpful and accessible staff, quick service, prompt communication, and satisfactory student information.

concern – expeditious and caring attention to student needs, empathetic faculty and staff, and reliable and credible problem-solving.

Service Goals and Objectives

LSCO is committed to maintaining an appropriate and current curriculum; maintaining excellence in instruction; providing personal and academic counseling for students; providing extracurricular opportunities conducive to lifelong personal development; providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing campus; and cooperating with individual and community groups to promote education, economic development, and cultural opportunities.

Standards for Maximum Wait Time

LSCO is committed to processing transcript requests within a 24-48 hour period; determining financial aid awards within three weeks of receiving a completed file; registering (enrolling) students for classes within 15-30 minutes of initial contact (unless the student registers themselves via Gator Self Service Banner); receiving service at the Cashier’s Office within 15 minutes; determining admission into competitive-entry programs within 30 days; reporting results of credit-by-exam within one week; responding to requests for ADA accommodations in one day; answering the phone in four rings; completing transcript evaluations within a week after receiving the official transcript, and processing admission applications within 24 hours.

Student Relations Representative

Brian Hull
Dean of Student Services
Ron E. Lewis Library Building, Room 359
(409) 882-3342
Brian.Hull@lsco.edu

Marketing and Communications

The Office of Marketing and Communications informs the campus and surrounding community of important news, events, and opportunities available to students and the public. The office manages the College’s relations with traditional media including newspapers, radio stations, and television stations. The office also manages, maintains, and regularly updates information distributed through social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The office issues press releases, news articles, and dispatches covering educational programs, social events open to the public, activities sponsored by campus groups, and student success stories. It also publicizes campus closures and special hours of operations during holidays and/or emergencies.

Print and Design Services

Print and Design Services produces syllabi, testing materials, study guides, handouts, and other instructional material by order for faculty use in their courses. It also produces LSCO course schedules, catalogs, diplomas, graduation programs, brochures, flyers, and promotional materials for courses and programs. All other print media, including special orders and graphics design for use on campus as well as in the community, are produced on-site, in a state-of-the-art digital and multi-media design environment

Services are available by order for student use in printing course materials from Open Educational Resources. Fees for these services are assessed as a price per printed page unless the instructor orders prepared course packs to be sold through the LSCO Print and Design Services office. Walk-up copier use is available for faculty and staff. Copier service is available to students in the library. All leased printing and copying equipment is maintained by Print and Design Services personnel, who also program and disseminate copy codes for individual LSCO departments and service units.

The Brown Estate

The Brown Estate is a conference and meeting facility located off Highway 90 west of Orange.  It is a center of educational, cultural and social activity, which serves the citizens of Orange County and the surrounding area.  The 62 acres of scenic landscaped grounds, including a lake and greenhouses, feature a graceful mansion built and decorated in the southern antebellum plantation tradition.

Lamar State College Orange received the estate in 1976 as a gift from the four sons of the late Edgar W. Brown, Jr., an Orange businessman and philanthropist, who served as a charter member of the Lamar University Foundation, Inc.

The property, which is open to the public for tours, provides visitors with insights into the accomplishments and lifestyle of one of the region’s leading citizens.  The Brown Estate can be reserved for seminars, meetings, planning retreats, and other public service activities.