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Lone Star College to expand its baccalaureate degree programs with Governor Greg Abbott's approval

Jackson Cutler

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HOUSTON, TX — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3348 into law, allowing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to allow the development of Lone Star College’s baccalaureate degree programs.

“Building on the success of our three current bachelor’s degree programs, Lone Star College is ready to provide even more bachelor’s degrees for high-demand careers,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Lone Star College students who want to continue their education close to home at an affordable tuition.”

LSC will present a proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, allowing it to grant a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management (BSEM) degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics informs that emergency management directors often need a bachelor’s degree and also work experience in disaster planning, emergency response or public administration.

Emergency management directors devise plans and procedures for reacting to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help guide the response during and after emergencies.

The bill, which was signed on June 16, supports LSC as well as other community colleges to offer no more than five baccalaureate degree programs at any time. LSC will organize research and market analysis to decide its fifth baccalaureate program at a future date.

“I would like to thank all those in the house and senate that voted for this bill, particularly Texas Sen. Brandon Creighton who carried the bill as the chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education,” said Head.

LSC started to offer Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity; Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy, Manufacturing and Trades Management degrees in fall 2019. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu/Bachelors-Degrees.

LSC must also get program approval from its accreditation agency, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in addition to state approvals.

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