Four unique campuses in Castroville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde make up Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College, an upper-level center that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees primarily to citizens in the Middle Rio Grande and Medina Valley regions of Texas.
Because its four sites are charged with providing higher education opportunities across 13 counties located in the southwest border region of Texas, RGC links students and faculty through remote teleconferencing using the Distance Learning Centers on each campus. Learners and instructors interact in real time even though they may be spread between four classrooms that are separated by up to 130 miles. Each is equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia and videoconferencing equipment, including 80-inch LED televisions for teleconferencing. In addition, “Smart Classrooms” feature traditional style teaching spaces make use of technology that puts a variety of tools at each professor’s fingertips including a DVD player, document camera, the Internet, and more.
For those unable to attend class on campus due to work, family, or other commitments, RGC provides the flexibility of internet coursework for nearly half the bachelor’s and master’s degree credit requirements in three of its disciplines: education, liberal arts and business administration.
RGC offers 13 baccalaureate and seven master’s degrees that range from mathematics to criminal justice to education. Licensed Registered Nurses may complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Rio Grande College, affording them the opportunity to advance their careers. For students who have earned a significant number of college hours, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership extends an invitation for them to complete a degree. The BAS also offers a Child Development option for those who wish to assume responsibility in Head Start or other child care agencies.
The college’s small class sizes and accessible faculty contribute to high academic success rates, including a 99-to-100 percent Teacher Certification Test passing rate among RGC’s Education students.
The facilities in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde are leased from Southwest Texas Junior College while the Higher Learning Center in Castroville is a part of the Medina Valley Independent School District. In addition to the Smart Classrooms, each site also has computer labs/study centers, student service and academic support offices as well as writing centers where students consult with tutors to master communication skills.
The recreational opportunities in the vast waters of the Amistad Reservoir near Del Rio, the scenic Texas Hill Country near Uvalde, the allure of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, and the proximity to San Antonio coupled with the most affordable tuition rates of any public Texas higher learning institution, students find ample reasons for joining this small yet progressive college.