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Texas A&M-Kingsville receives approval for off-campus teaching site

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The Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has given Texas A&M University-Kingsville permission to use the university’s Citrus Center in Weslaco as a teaching site.

With this permission, Texas A&M-Kingsville faculty can now teach not only the entire plant and soil sciences graduate curriculum, but also a wide range of other degree programs at the Rio Grande Valley location.

A prospectus was submitted to SACSCOC in October 2016, requesting permission to teach half or more of the required courses for degree programs at the Citrus Center. “In March 2017, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees approved our request based on the information in the prospectus, but required us to host a site visit by a team appointed to evaluate the quality of the site and the instruction occurring there,” said Dr. Duane Gardiner, associate vice president for academic affairs.

This visit is required for all new teaching sites. “In March 2018, the visiting team inspected our operation in Kingsville and at the Citrus Center,” he added. “There report was completely positive, with no findings of deficiencies. Based on that positive report, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees voted to officially and formally approve the Citrus Center as an off-campus instructional site.” 

About the Citrus Center

Since 1948, the Citrus Center has been honored to serve the citrus industry of Texas through research and education. They have established partnerships with citrus growers, industry leaders, agricultural companies and fellow scientists in The Texas A&M University System, the University of Texas System, and state and federal agencies.

The Citrus Center serves the citrus industry by conducting basic and applied research and delivering innovative solutions which enable the citrus industry to remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. They foster scientific excellence and capacity building by incorporating undergraduate and graduate student training into its research programs to develop highly skilled professionals.


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