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Academic and Workforce

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Dwight Smith, Ed.D. serves as Chief Academic Officer at Lone Star College as the vice chancellor for Academic and Workforce Success with responsibilities for Academic Affairs, Office of External and Employer Relations, Honors and International Education, LSC Online, and Online Accessibility Services. 

Dr. Smith holds a Ed.D. in educational psychology from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Blackburn College.  He has published about validity issues concerning the measurement of student learning and has contributed to accreditation and quality assurance through service at regional accrediting agencies.  Dr. Smith serves as the LSC Accreditation Liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Division of Academic and Workforce promotes academic success for students through LSC’s Faculty Qualities of Excellence, the new bachelor’s programs, and partnerships with universities and employers.

Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs administers a broad range of operations related to supporting the instructional operations of the college. Led by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, staff members oversee operations, programs, and initiatives in support of the completion and success of our students through academic planning, assessment, curriculum development, compliance, academic policy development, learning support, and accreditation. Academic Affairs works closely with the instructional leadership at each campus.

External & Employer Relations

Our mission is to impact the economic vitality and continued success of corporations and small businesses in the greater Houston area by developing a highly skilled talent pool for employers. We also offer specialized language and short-term workforce certificate programs of study, other specialized workforce programming and grants. Veterans can also find assistance from our staff.

Lone Star College-Online

LSC-Online is committed to providing distance educational services that support the mission and core principles of Lone Star College.  Services offered are designed to support quality instruction and reliable services that give students options wherever they may be.  Students can gain a number of degrees completely online without ever stepping foot on campus, through a mix of distance and traditional instruction, or as a supplement to a traditional course.

Accessible Online Learning

In educational settings, increased demand is placed on specific academic skills may be challenging for students with disabilities. This is also true for the online environment. Online education requires that all students have some ability to do the following:

  • Initiate and maintain goal directed behavior;
  • Solve problems;
  • Self-regulate their attention, impulses, and use of time;
  • Process written and oral language;
  • Interact with peers and instructors; and
  • Motivate themselves to learn and complete difficult tasks.

Online courses can be designed with the abilities of all leaners in mind. At LSC, we refer to this as Accessible Online Learning.

Accessible Online Learning is the result of intentionally designed instruction which considers all students, uses accessible technology, and is delivered in a manner where accessibility can be assessed using a quality course rubric. Below are four reasons why it is important to design online instruction in an accessible manner:

  • Institutional compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Accessible “design for all” benefits all students.
  • Accessible courses are also intentionally designed courses that incorporate instructional best practices.
  • To advance equity.

For faculty who are interested in learning more about accessible online course design visit the LSC-Online Virtual Teaching Assistance Center Welcome page for Accessibility or write to LSC-AccessibleOnline@lonestar.edu.

Honors and International Education

Providing a unique integrated model of college honors and international education. The goal of the division is to support LSC Mission to be “nationally recognized, globally connected, and locally focused” and to enable students to thrive in a diverse, global society.

With a focus on undergraduate research, The Honors College at LSC offers a wide range of opportunities for honors students—from incoming freshman wanting to graduate with an Honors AA or Honors AS degree, to high-achievers seeking to graduate with Honors distinction, to students interested in earning individual honors course credit.

The International Education department is responsible for international student services, internationalized curriculum, and study abroad.  In addition, we offer faculty exchanges and collaborative partnerships with international governments or universities abroad.


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