PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Local universities and the community college system, including five colleges, have joined together to offer unduplicated bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and three special programs.
Lone Star College System:
LSCS local taxpayers and private sector partners built the facility and telecommunications infrastructure at no cost to the state. Universities are responsible for their degrees and support the instructional, facilities utilized, and shared support services costs. The College System is responsible for the instruction and student services at the freshman and sophomore levels.
LSC-University Center at Montgomery is the centerpiece for multi-level instruction of universities and the LSCS. LSC-University Center includes a dedicated classroom/laboratory facility of approximately 78,000 sq. ft. as well as an interactive, video conferencing system that connects the colleges of LSCS and the partner universities. The Universities began offering classes in September 1997. In recognition of his commitment to making higher education available to the community, the building was named in honor of George P. Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell Energy and founder of The Woodlands. LSC-University Center at Montgomery received full approval by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in April 1996. Groundbreaking occurred in June 1996 using the theme “common ground for the common good.” Facilities opened in January 1998.
LSC-University Center at Montgomery is degree driven. Partner universities offer courses necessary for a student to complete baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at LSC-University Center at Montgomery. Operational costs of instruction, facilities, and services provided are shared pro-rata by the universities based on enrollment. Technology and telecommunications are used to interconnect and deliver student support and learning services. LSCS colleges offer the freshman and sophomore course work utilizing seamless, articulated AA, AS, and AAS degrees. The standards for the quality of the degrees offered and awarded matches standards at the home campus. One-stop student support services. Diverse multi-level higher education institutions work together and make a difference for students, businesses, and communities.