Academic Resource Development—The office works with the office of the Vice Chancellor for Instruction and the office of the Grants Manager in order to identify the funding needs for Academic Programs at Houston Community College. The office then researches grant funding opportunities, identifies professors, counselors and other college personnel who may qualify as participants and engages grant writers and faculty in the process of writing and submitting proposals. Assistance is provided to implement, administer, assess and report funded projects. Several grants are aimed at improving student success through developmental education and facilitating the student’s transition to college and into career pathways, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. In order to achieve these goals the office develops and maintains strong relationships with secondary and post-secondary institutions within the service area of Houston Community College.
Curriculum—The District Curriculum Office leads the planning, development and implementation of district-wide curriculum initiatives. In compliance with state and national regulatory agencies, this office will oversee preparation for Institutional Effectiveness (Perkins) site visits, the development of curriculum for new academic and workforce programs, the processing of all curricula revisions, oversight of relevant publications including the college catalog, preparation of the annual Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant and the day-to-day operational management of CurricUNET.
Distance Education—The department at HCC collaborates with faculty, staff, and administration from the colleges and system to provide a comprehensive array of online and other technology-delivered credit and non-credit courses, programs, and associated services.
Instructional Initiatives—The office provide leadership in the area of curriculum innovations for academic disciplines and expand the knowledge base with the latest innovations. Monitor the program review cycle incorporating institutional compliance reports for disciplines. Maintain strong partnerships with funding sources (e. g. Lumina, Gates, MDRC, MDC, and National Center for Post-secondary Research). Promote faculty engagement in professional learning communities and support and encourage more collaborative team approach.
Instructional Quality—The office is responsible for all activities relating to Instructional policy and practice including faculty workload, credentialing of faculty members, and articulation and transfer agreements with universities.
Library/LRC Support Services—Provides the HCC college libraries with a suite of centralized services that would otherwise be required at each location: acquisitions/purchasing of library materials; administration of the library web servers and Integrated Library System; assistance with online reference via Ask a Librarian; cataloging of in-house and digital resources; daily delivery of materials among libraries; licensing of online (digital) resources; collection maintenance.
SACS Office—The central mission of the SACS office is to provide the coordination and organization necessary to successfully complete the SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) accreditation reaffirmation process that occurs every ten years. The HCC SACS office also gathers and organizes information about substantive changes that should be reported to SACSCOC approximately every six months. This office also coordinates information gathering and reporting for the SACS Fifth Year Interim report and the QEP. Because assessment is critical to SACSCOC, the HCC SACS office offers assistance to other HCC offices carrying out various assessment activities.
Teaching and Learning Resources (TLR)—The department serves as the premiere district-wide support organization for faculty and instructional development focused on effective teaching practices and learning methods. Through its various programs and cohesive curriculum, the TLR seeks to ensure an excellent teacher is in every classroom to ensure student success. The TLR includes three operational units: Instructional Leaders Institute (ILI), Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE), and Instructional Media Center (IMC).
Tech Prep—(a division of the Workforce Instruction) is a way to start a college technical major in high school. In a Tech Prep program, you begin your course of study in high school and continue in a community or technical college. The result is an associate of applied science degree in a career field. Tech Prep programs combine the academic courses needed for success in college and technical courses that begin to prepare you for a career. Students in Tech Prep programs can earn college credit through dual credit, content-enhanced articulated courses and College Board Advanced Placement (AP).
Workforce Instruction—The District Workforce Instruction office (formerly Career and Technical Education) provides leadership and technical assistance to faculty, chairs, deans, Division of Extended Learning and Outreach services. The District office provides leadership and assistance in new programs and curriculum development, program revisions, professional development and compliance with national and state institutional effectiveness measures and standards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the District office provides leadership and direction for all non-credit workforce and lifelong learning instructional services.
The HCC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Instruction provides leadership and support services to promote the development and delivery of instructional quality and consistency across the district for academic transfer, workforce, continuing education, distance education, and adult education programs.