VCT-What Is It?
The Virtual College of Texas is a collaboration
of all Texas public two-year colleges.
It was created by the Texas Association of Community Colleges to facilitate
sharing of distance learning courses among member colleges. CEOs of VCT member
colleges developed the host-provider model upon which VCT operations rest and
defined the principles of VCT's organization and management.
Member institutions of the Virtual College of Texas share distance
learning courses under the terms of a statewide VCT Memorandum of
Understanding, which is based upon an operational model referred to as the
The host (local) college:
- Enrolls students locally to take courses from other (provider) colleges
- Provides VCT-enrolled students with the same slate of student services it provides its other students
- Administers tests as directed by provider colleges' instructors
- Awards course credit
- Includes the courses on official transcripts
The provider (remote) college:
- Provides instructors who define course content and instructional methodologies; directs all class activities, including assignments and tests, and awards final grades
- Sets the academic calendar for courses it offers through VCT
- The host college pays the provider college a per-student instructional fee, in according with guidelines stated in the VCT Memorandum of Understanding. This fee is paid by the host college, not by students.
VCT Benefits to Students
- >Students throughout Texas have access to a statewide, online distance learning course schedule. This means that students will have access to critical courses at the time they need them.
- Students are supported with quality, locally-delivered student services.
- They pay in-district tuition if they are in-district students, irrespective of which colleges provide courses taken through VCT.
- Courses provided by multiple colleges throughout Texas are maintained on a single transcript at the host college.
Colleges' Participation in VCT
Colleges decide for themselves whether or not they want to participate in
VCT and, if they do, how and to what extent. Some colleges only provide courses
because they locally offer large numbers of distance learning courses that
usually meet their students' needs. Other colleges, with fewer locally offered
distance learning courses, may serve mostly as host colleges, meaning they
enroll students in courses provided by other colleges. Still other colleges
offer both host and provider services.
The following colleges
currently participate as
host colleges in VCT. That means that they selectively offer courses that are
available through VCT. Each college decides for itself which courses in the
VCT State Course Schedule
to make available to its students.
Testing for VCT courses typically takes place at
(Wharton, Richmond, or Sugar Land), in a proctored environment, usually the
Contact the Testing Center
for testing instructions, in advance, to ensure that your exam from
the provider college has been received before your scheduled exam day.
Toward the end of a semester, the
provider college’s instructor records the final grade you have earned on a
roster and forwards it to the WCJC VCT Coordinator. WCJC, then, adds the course
and grade to your transcript. At the end of the semester you may check your
grades on the web. WCJC will not mail grades. To access your grades, follow the
instructions in the following tutorial:
How to Check Your Grades (.PDF).
WCJC as a host college is
responsible for providing support services that you may need as a student.
may include: learning resources (library), counseling, financial aid, computer
lab access, testing, tutoring, and other services. Contact Student Services
to assist you in obtaining all available services that you may need.
Additional, for students use is the
WCJC Student Handbook,
, which addresses student rights and responsibilities and the
Frequently Asked Questions