Institutional Summary Form
Prepared for Commission Reviews

Name of Institution

Temple College

Name, Title, Phone Number, and Email Address of Accreditation Liason:

Dr. Paul Foutz
Division Director Math, Science, and PE and SACS Liason
(254) 298-8350

Name, Title, Phone Number, and Email Address of Technical Support person for Compliance Certification:

Gary Jackson
Associate VP/Finance, Information and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer
(254) 298-8456

Educational Programs

Level of Offerings

  • Diploma or certificate programs
  • Associate degree program(s) requiring a minimum of 60 hours or the equivalent designed for transfer to a baccalaureate institution
  • Associate degree program(s) requiring a minimum of 60 hours or the equivalent not designed for transfer

Types of Undergraduate Programs

  • Occupational certificate or diploma programs
  • Occupational degree programs
  • Two year programs designed for transfer to a baccalaureate institution
  • Liberal Arts and General Studies

History and Characteristics

Temple Junior College was founded in 1926 as a public, two-year college with a primary emphasis on university parallel studies. In 1996, the institution’s name was changed to Temple College reflecting its evolution into a comprehensive community college offering transfer programs, technical education, community education, career, and workforce training, and cultural activities. First housed in the basement of the local high school with an enrollment of less than 100 students, the College enrolled almost 4,800 credit students in Fall 2007, the result of a 22.4% enrollment growth since Fall 2005. Admission to the college is “open,” with defined admission into the Health Sciences. The student body averages 24.5 years of age and has grown progressively more diverse, now 65% white, non-Hispanic and 35% minority. The college employs more than 400 faculty and staff full and part-time, including more than one hundred members of the full-time faculty.

The Temple metropolitan area has a population of more than 100,000 in a county of almost 300,000 and is a major medical center with more than 15,000 employees in Health Care. It is also home to manufacturers and distributors that participate in the world market and is located just twenty-five miles from one of the world’s largest military installations at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas. Temple College has distinguished itself for exceptional service to the communities within its three-county service area that includes seventeen school districts, ranging from small and rural to large urban/suburban. In addition to the Main Campus in Temple, the College operates four very successful off-site centers in the communities of Taylor (formerly rural, but now bordering an area of explosive growth in Williamson County northeast of Austin) and Cameron (in rural Milam County), as well as in downtown Temple and, through the Texas Bioscience Institute on Scott & White Hospital’s West Campus in Temple.

“The mission of Temple College is to serve the founders’ vision by meeting the needs of individual students, area communities, and businesses through quality educational programs and services that reflect our commitment to quality and integrity while preparing our diverse population as they enter an ever-changing global society.”

The transfer curriculum has an historic reputation for excellence and has accelerated partnerships with both public and private universities within and outside of the region. The College has received state and national recognition for programs ranging from the visual and performing arts to competitive athletics and has become one of the premier institutions in the state for the education and training of health care providers. The developmental studies program was recently designated as one of the five highest performing programs in the state, based upon independent research conducted by Dr. Hunter Boylan, Director of the National Center for Developmental Education.

The state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Center housed within the Health Sciences Complex was a 2005 Bellwether Award Finalist and continues to attract national and even international attention. It was developed through a highly innovative partnership that includes Temple College, Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Texas A&M University College of Medicine located in Temple, and Laerdal Medical, a worldwide manufacturer of Human Patient Simulators located in nearby Gatesville. This unique partnership has secured the reputation of the Health Sciences Complex as a regional center for the integrated education of health care professionals at all levels, as well as for an exceptional program in Dental Hygiene.

Temple College is now in the process of implementing a new curriculum in Biotechnology as a critical piece in the Temple community’s emergence as a center for medical research and the commercialization of research. Curriculum development was funded by a substantial competitive grant received from the Department of Labor and has simultaneously stimulated the development of the Texas Bioscience Institute that houses TC programs ranging from a Middle College for high school students through apprenticeships, certificates, and associate degrees, with baccalaureate and eventually graduate level programs to be made possible by our university partners. The TBI was developed through an exemplary community partnership and has received numerous state and national accolades, including the 2007 Bellwether Award for Workforce Development.

List of Degrees

Business Administration Field of Study
Child Care Field of Study
Computer Science Field of Study
Criminal Justice Field of Study
General Studies
Music Field of Study
Nursing (BSN)
Physical Education

Generalist: Grades EC-4, (except Early Childhood Degree Specialization)
4-8, EC-12 Certification

Child Development
Computer Applications Technology
            Network Administration Option
            Repair Technician Option
Computer-Aided Design
Criminal Justice
Dental Hygiene
Educational Personnel
Emergency Medical Services
Entertainment & Business Software
General Business
Geographic Information Systems
Respiratory Care
Web Technology

Administrative Assistant
Office Management
Small Business Management
Child Development and Education
Child Care & Dev. Administration
Early Childhood
Teacher Assistant
Computer Aided Design
Auto Cad
Architectural, Civil, GIS
Electrical, Electronic, Instrumentation
Mechanical Design
Computer Information Systems
Computer Application Specialist
Computer Applications Technology
Database Specialist
Entertainment & Business Software Dev.
Network Administration (level 2)
Repair Technician
Web Technology (level 2)
Geographic Information Systems
Health Sciences
Surgical Technology
Vocational Nursing


Advanced Technology Certificate
Enhanced Skills Certificate
            Criminal Justice

Continuing Education Certificate
            Fire Protection

Locations and Distance Education

Temple College offers traditional classroom instruction at three off-campus locations where learners can attend classes working toward an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and Certificate programs. The three off-campus locations are:

  • Taylor Center, United States, Texas, Taylor
  • Cameron Education Center, United States, Texas, Cameron
  • Texas Bioscience Institute, United States, Texas, Temple

The table below outlines the degrees and certificates where learners can obtain 50% or more of the degree requirements at the specified location.

Location AA Degree AAS Degree Certificate Programs

Taylor Center



  • Business/Management Certificates
  • Criminal  Justice Certificate
  • EMT-Intermediate Certificate
  • Paramedic Certificate
  • Vocational Nursing Certificate

Cameron Education Center



  • None

Texas Bioscience Institute



  • Advanced Technical Certificate in Biotechnology
  • Enhanced Skills Certificate in Genomics/Proteomics

Temple College offers many of the core curriculum courses and many discipline-specific courses using online and hybrid methodologies. Hybrid learning at Temple College is defined as a course where 51% or more of the course contact hours are offered using online instruction. Temple College learners can complete all requirements for an Associate of Arts degree online and most of the requirements necessary for the completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree online. Temple College is also a consortium partner with the Virtual College of Texas (VCT) system. Through the VCT system, Temple College learners are able to complete online courses not offered at Temple College, but approved by the department chairpersons for the appropriate discipline. Temple College online learners are primarily located in Texas, but can reside anywhere in the world.



Date of last review

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges



Date of last review

American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation - Dental Hygiene (DH)


National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care – Respiratory Care


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology – Surgical Technology


There are no sanctions or negative actions to report.

Relationship to the U.S. Department of Education

There are no limitations, suspensions, or termination by the U.S. Department of Education in regard to student financial aid or other financial aid programs during the previous three years.

Updated: January 2007