Alamo Colleges District
|Motto||Empowering our diverse communities for success.|
|Type||Community college district|
|Established||1978 (as San Antonio Community College District)|
|Chancellor||Dr. Bruce H. Leslie|
|Students||59,510 (Spring 2016)|
The Alamo Colleges District (previously the Alamo Community College District, or ACCD, and The Alamo Colleges) is a network of five community colleges in San Antonio and Universal City, Texas (USA), and serving the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area. The district was founded in 1978 as the San Antonio Community College District before adopting the Alamo name in 1982.
Colleges in the District
The five colleges in the district operate with a high degree of autonomy, though the colleges accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, placed three in a year-long warning period from January 2017 over issues of institutional autonomy. The board of trustees for the district voted to rename the district in January 2017 to reflect issues pertaining to accreditation.
- San Antonio College (founded 1925)
- St. Philip's College (founded 1898)
- Palo Alto College (founded 1983)
- Northwest Vista College (founded 1995)
- Northeast Lakeview College (founded 2007)
All of the colleges are within San Antonio city limits except Northeast Lakeview, which is within the town limits of Universal City, just to the northeast of the City of San Antonio. The Alamo Colleges are based in Downtown San Antonio at 811 W. Houston Street. Additional facilities operated by the district include college centers in Kerrville, and New Braunfels.
Education and Programs
The district serves about 100,000 students in academic and continuing education programs, employs about 5,300 faculty and staff, and had a budget of $277 million for 2009. The value of its endowment on June 30, 2011 was $11.9 million.
The district offers over 325 degree and certificate programs. Most courses taken within the district are meant to apply for AA, AS, AAS, AAA, and AAT degrees which help students apply for jobs or of which can be transferred to four-year institutions.
- all of Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Kerr and Wilson Counties,
- all of Atascosa County excluding the portion included within the Pleasanton Independent School District, and
- all of Guadalupe County excluding the portion of the county included within the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District.
- "College Enrollments". Texas Almanac. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- Alia Malik and Aaron Nelsen (December 6, 2016). "Three of the Alamo Colleges receive accreditation warnings". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
- Alia Malik (January 22, 2017). "Alamo Colleges board sends $450 million bond to May ballot". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
- Ludwig, Melissa (July 5, 2009). "Ideas clash at Alamo Colleges". San Antonio Express News. pp. A1. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 17, 2012. p. 21. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- Texas Education Code, Section 130.162, "Alamo Community College District Service Area".