Lone Star College System, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, is nationally recognized, globally connected and locally focused. Known for its innovative and visionary thinking, Lone Star College System is the fastest-growing community college in the nation and a major contributor to the local and regional economy.
LSCS offers associate degrees and certification in many areas of study at a fraction of the cost of a four-year university like UT. Through its progressive partnerships with many four-year universities, LSCS also offers seamless opportunities to obtain bachelor's and master's degrees at one of its two University Centers.
Throughout its 40 year history, Lone Star College has been steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Currently leading the charge to improve completion rates, LSCS is one of the only colleges in the nation to establish a formal Office of Completion and is the managing partner of Texas Completes, the statewide initiative that brings together five Texas college systems to advance deep student success reform.
Chancellor: Dr. Richard Carpenter
Student Enrollment: 90,000
University Centers: 2
Additional Centers: 5
2012-2013 Operating Budget: $296,630,000
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20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339
3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX 77384
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073-3499
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070
LSCS has experienced tremendous growth since it began 40 years ago and growth has compounded in recent years. Students are turning to community colleges like LSCS more and more for exceptional educational opportunities with affordable tuition.
The Lone Star College System is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Lone Star College System, to file a third-party comment at the time of the ten-year review, and to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about Lone Star College System such as admissions requirement, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to Lone Star College System and not to the Commission's office.
Accredited since 1976, Lone Star's accreditation was reaffirmed in 2012.
Board of Trustees
Position 1: David Holsey, D.D.S., Vice Chair
Position 2: Thomas J. Forestier, JD
Position 3: Stephanie Marquard
Position 4: Robert J. Adam, JD
Position 5: David A. Vogt, Assistant Secretary
Position 6: Bob Wolfe, JD, CPA
Position 7: Linda S. Good, JD
Position 8: Randy Bates, JD, Chair
Position 9: Priscilla Kelly, Secretary
Dr. Richard Carpenter
Senior Vice Chancellor/COO
Rand W. Key
Special Assistant to the Chancellor/Board Liaison
Interim Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Success
Vice Chancellor, Administration & Finance/CFO
Vice Chancellor, External Affairs
Brian S. Nelson
Vice Chancellor, Technology Services/CIO
Lone Star College System provides comprehensive educational opportunities and programs to enrich lives.
Lone Star College System is recognized globally as the premier community college for student success, innovation and partnerships.
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1/5 the cost of UT Austin.
Budget 2012-2013 - $296,630,000
Funding Sources 2012-2013
Property Tax - $105,520,000
State Funds - $66,500,000
Tuition & Fees - $101,190,000
Property Tax Rates
Maintenance and Operations - $0.0863
Interest and Sinking - $0.0335
Tax Rate Total - $0.1198
BOND RATING - STANDARD & POOR'S AAA
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. With its beginnings in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.
In 1972, residents in the Aldine, Humble and Spring Independent School Districts elected to create a junior college district, which became known as North Harris County College. The college opens its doors in the fall of 1973 and the 16-member staff welcomed 613 students to the first classes held at Aldine High School.
Fast forward 40 years and Lone Star College System has grown to six colleges, multiple centers and two University Centers with 78,000 credit students and a total of more than 90,000 students.
LSCS is now the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation.
Five years ago, in 2008,Lone Star College System became the new name for the North Harris Montgomery Community College District after months of deliberation and a polling process that included input from more than 5,000 participants from the community. The board of trustees voted unanimously to change the name to Lone Star College System, which was the overwhelmingly favorite choice among those who participated.
The original three school districts have been joined by eight others: New Caney in 1981, Tomball in 1982, Conroe in 1991, Willis and Splendora in 1996, Klein in 1998, and Cypress-Fairbanks and Magnolia in 2000.
The Lone Star College System offices were relocated to their current location in The Woodlands in 2003. The Training and Development Center was added to serve as the home of the district's monthly board meetings as well as create an ideal learning facility for the college system and the community.
President, Lone Star College-CyFair
Dr. Audre Levy
President, Lone Star College-Kingwood
Dr. Katherine Persson
President, Lone Star College System-Montgomery
Dr. Austin Lane
President, Lone Star College-North Harris
Dr. Stephen Head
President, Lone Star College-Tomball
Dr. Susan Karr
President, Lone Star College-University Park