Name: Texas Southmost College (TSC)
President: Lily F. Tercero, Ph.D.
Campus Setting: Midsize
Year established: 1926
Board of Trustees website
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2015
2015 Fall Credit Enrollment
Full-Time – 28.57%
Part-Time – 71.43%
Student characteristics (gender, race/ethnicity)
Female – 56.54%
Male – 43.46%
Hispanic or Latino Origin - 95.26%
Not Hispanic or Latino Origin - 3.65%
Lily F. Tercero, Ph.D.
Quote from the President
“Texas Southmost College is committed to transforming our communities through innovative learning opportunities. Through the use of technology in the classroom, along with our commitment to excellence and service, TSC is preparing students for the new global economy. At TSC, we believe that every student has the potential to complete their educational aspirations for graduation, academic transfer, employment, or lifetime enrichment!”
- Uniquely situated along the Lower Rio Grande on the international border with Mexico, TSC was recently recognized as a “Bright Spot” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for its initiatives relating to K-12 and College Access, Postsecondary Completion, and STEM Education, which are achieving real and positive results for our students and their families, and helping close the achievement gap.
- TSC is a leader among U.S. institutions of higher education for its delivery of traditional face-to-face classroom instruction within a fully digital learning environment. TSC’s comprehensive learning environment is focused on enhancing student success and completion through personalized and immersive learning opportunities, including on-demand online tutorial services and accelerated pathways.
- Originally established in 1926, TSC reopened as an independently operational, fully comprehensive, public community college in the fall of 2013, after engaging in a 22-year contractual arrangement with a university. TSC achieved initial accreditation as a separate entity from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in December 2015.
- With TSC’s reopening in fall 2013, tuition and fees have declined by 37 percent—a reflection of TSC’s commitment to an accessible and affordable college education.