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Section 2: SACS Core Requirement


The institution has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency or agencies. (Degree-granting Authority)

Partial Compliance



Western Texas College was established by the Texas Legislature in 1969 to offer the associate degree in the state of Texas.  The college’s authority to award degrees is anchored in sections 130.001 – 130.004 of the Texas Education Code, which also specifies the role, mission, and purposes of Texas community colleges. Further, the college must be certified annually by the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education to be in compliance with the standards established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in accordance with Section 61.063 of the Texas Education Code. The college was first granted accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in December, 1973, and the Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed the college’s accreditation through each self-study process since the college’s opening in 1971. 

Evidence of Support:

The Texas Education Code, Section 61
The Texas Education Code, Section 130

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