Report to the Community
Download a PDF version
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by the monuments of history, the industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. At the core of our values is student success…the reason for our being. Our comprehensive community college mission is to empower students who come with a wide variety of goals to find the assistance they need at their college, San Jacinto College.
In 2011, San Jacinto College was recognized as a leader in national student completion movement when it was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Achieving the Dream is a national initiative focused on helping low-income students and students of color complete their education. Throughout the course of its participation in Achieving the Dream, San Jacinto College increased Fall-to-Spring persistence through a combination of interventions including the First Year Experience Calling Program, Mandatory New Student Orientation, a student success course, free tutoring, and the Men of Honor program. San Jacinto College has also been named one of the nation’s top 120 community colleges by the Aspen Institute, indicating a commitment to student excellence and success.
Our commitment to our community and this region is to assist in developing a skilled and trained workforce to help individuals to retain or advance in their jobs, or make career transitions. San Jacinto College has made a strong commitment to academic excellence, and our award-winning faculty members are passionate about teaching.
The College has placed an emphasis on upgrading facilities and technology to support student learning. Over the last decade, San Jacinto College has added new buildings to support teaching and learning in the health sciences, transportation, fine arts, and technology fields. The College also added Welcome Centers where students can receive assistance with the enrollment processes all in one location.
San Jacinto College faced unprecedented challenges in the wake of Hurricane Ike. The College sustained significant damage, and as a result, was closed for two and a half weeks. The instructional leaders and faculty diligently worked on a plan to complete all course learning outcomes by creatively working with in-class instruction, out-of-class assignments, and incorporating technology into learning to allow students to successfully complete the semester on time. The College plan was highly applauded by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation site visit team in November of 2008, when it granted the College reaccreditation. This plan has since become an integral part of the College’s instructional strategies to help students succeed and graduate.
Each year, Community College Week magazine releases a report on the nation’s community colleges, ranking the Top 100 or the Top 50 based on data gathered from the United States Department of Education. From more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide, San Jacinto College ranked 31st as an associate degree producer in 2012. In addition to the top 35 overall ranking, several San Jacinto College programs rank among the nation’s top 100 as well. They are:
- Business, management, marketing, and related support services: #27
- Family and consumer sciences/human sciences: #9
- Health professions and related programs: #21
- Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research, and clinical nursing: #18
- Science technologies/technicians: #6
Students and employees come to San Jacinto College with various goals and aspirations, and we remain committed to their success.
San Jacinto College will be the leader in educational excellence and in the achievement of equity among diverse populations. We will empower students to achieve their goals, redefine their expectations, and encourage their exploration of new opportunities. Our passions are people, learning, innovation, and continuous improvement.
Our mission is to ensure student success, create seamless transitions, and enrich the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Integrity: Ethical and Professional
“We act in ways which instill confidence and trust.”
Excellence: In Everything We Do
“We achieve quality results in everything we do.”
Accountability: It’s Up to Us
“We take responsibility for our commitments and outcomes.”
Innovation: Lead the Way
“We apply our knowledge, skill, insight, and imagination to recognize opportunities, solve problems, and recommend new solutions.”
Sense of Community: Caring for Those We Serve and Ourselves
“We demonstrate genuine concern for the well-being of our students, our community and ourselves.”
Student Success: Our Ultimate Measure
“We enable students to achieve their goals.”
Diversity: Celebrate the Differences
“We celebrate the diversity of ideas and cultures.”
Collaboration: We Work Together
“We work together for the benefit of the college.”