Houston Community College System

By: Nancy Young

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: March 15, 2017

Houston Community College was founded in 1971, when voters in the Houston Independent School District approved a community college district to share facilities with the HISD. Enrollment in August 1971 was 5,711, and course offerings centered around occupational and technical training. Academic courses were added the following January. Enrollment in 1974 was 16,495, and the president was J. Don Boney. In the fall of 2001, with an enrollment of 49,520, HCCS was the second-largest community college in the country. The faculty numbered 2,642, including 734 full-time. The system operated five campuses of varying sizes as well as an extensive distance-education program. Bruce H. Leslie was appointed chancellor in 2001. The Central Campus had an enrollment of 11,445 in the fall of 2001, and Jack E. Daniels III was president. Enrollment was 5,576 at the Northeast Campus, and Margaret L. Forde was president. The Northwest Campus had an enrollment of 9,643, and Zachary R. Hodges was president. The Southeast Campus had an enrollment of 6,403, and Sylvia R. Ramos was president. Enrollment was 14,222 at the Southwest Campus, where Sue Cox was president. The Houston Community College System is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • Education
  • Community Colleges
Time Periods:
  • Texas Post World War II
  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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