Part II: The Abbreviated "Institutional Summary
History and Characteristics
Lamar State College-Orange (LSC-O), formerly Lamar University Orange, opened in Orange, Texas in the fall of 1969 as an extension center for Lamar University. In 1971 the Texas Legislature passed legislation enabling Lamar University to operate a two-year educational center, thus removing the extension status and allowing students to take two full years of coursework on the Orange campus. After fire destroyed the original building, the college moved to 410 Front Street in Orange, Texas.
The Texas Legislature authorized the creation of the Lamar University System in 1983. In 1991 the Texas Legislature provided degree-granting authority to Lamar University-Orange. Lamar University-Orange, along with sister institutions in Port Arthur and Beaumont, was merged with the Texas State University System (TSUS), effective September 1, 1995. With system offices located in Austin, TSUS also includes Sam Houston State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Sul Ross State University.
During the 1999 legislative session Lamar University-Orange was officially renamed Lamar State College-Orange.
Lamar State College-Orange is an open admissions, lower-division state institution of higher education located in Orange, Texas, on 14.161 acres and has a local service area of Orange County with the Texas State University System. The mission is "to provide academic transfer and associate degree programs to prepare students for senior colleges and universities; to provide technical certificate and associate degree programs to prepare students for employment; to provide developmental programs for students not ready for college-level work; to provide continuing education and customized training programs for those pursuing areas of personal interest or upgrading employment skills; and to provide community service activities that promote economic development and cultural awareness." (Mission Statement) In addition to the service area LSC-O serves its surrounding communities, both in Texas and Louisiana. LSC-O teaches dual credit classes at some of the local high schools in our service area and offers distance learning classes as well.
In fall, 2009, Lamar State College-Orange enrolled 2262 credit students and 504 continuing education students. Of the credit student body, 74.7 percent were female and 25.3 percent were male. The average age was 24 with students under 24 years of age making up 62.8 percent and students over 24 years of age making up 37.2 percent. The student body was 71.5 percent white, 22.7 percent African American, 3.6 percent Hispanic, 1.4 percent Asian, and .8 percent other. (Fall 2009 Enrollment)
Lamar State College-Orange offers limited courses at area high schools as part of its dual credit program, though at no such site can a student earn 50 percent or more of the credit necessary to complete any of our education program offerings. The college also offers instruction through distance learning in the format of online courses. While the college is an open admissions institution, admission to some majors and programs such as those in nursing is selective. LSC-O has a Continuing Education program that provides non-credit continuing education programs, professional development, an alternative teacher certification program (ACE Program), and leisure classes.
List of Degrees
The College awards the Associate of Arts degree (A.A.), the Associate of Science degree (A.S.), the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.), and certificates. Students who complete the requirements for one of the college transfer programs are awarded either an A.A. or an A.S. degrees depending upon their particular programs of study. The A.A.S. degree is awarded to students who complete two-year technical programs. Certificates are awarded to students who complete certain planned objectives or programs requiring less than two years of work. A listing of all degrees and the majors or concentrations with those degrees as well as certificates is found below:
Associate of Arts Degrees
- Teaching-Grades EC-6, 4-8, Special Ed EC-12
- Teaching-Core Subjects, Grades 8-12
Associate of Applied Science Degrees
- Business Management
- Industrial Technology
- Information Technology Support Specialist
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Medical Office Professional
- Process Technology
- Upward Mobility Nursing
Associate of Science Degrees
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Liberal Arts
- Natural Sciences
Certificates of Completion
- Academic Certificate in General Studies
- Business Management Accounting
- Cisco Network Specialist
- Criminal Justice
- Criminal Justice Corrections
- Dental Assisting
- Information Technology Support Assistant-Networking
- Information Technology Support Assistant-Software Development
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Office Assistant
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Pharmacy Technology
- Process Technology
- Safety, Health and Environmental
- Vocational Nursing
- Forensic Science
- Medical Office Receptionist
- Web Design/Multimedia
Locations and Distance Education
1. Lamar State College-Orange has no off-campus sites where a student can be awarded a degree, certificate, or diploma at the site or where a student can obtain 50 percent or more of credits toward the educational program.
2. Lamar State College-Orange does not have an off campus location outside of the campus, except for dual credit courses offered at the campuses of our high school partners. Normally, dual credit students have the potential to earn up to 24 hours (40%) in dual credit instruction at the public school site. Please see the attached list of locations where dual credit traditional classes are taught. (Dual Credit Locations)
The core curriculum is taught in its entirety on campus. Core courses are taught as individual courses at off campus locations as part of the dual credit agreements with local schools. Attached is a list of dual credit locations. (Dual Credit Locations)
3. LSC-O offers various core courses and other selected courses online using electronic methods (List of online courses). LSC-O online students are located in the service area and in counties or parishes adjacent to the college (Online Student Locations).