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Trends in Education

I do not claim to be a prophet or the son of a prophet, but by watching, reading, and listening as I attend numerous college seminars and conferences, I see the following trends in education:

  1. Increase in online courses. Traditional classrooms will still exist, but online education will no longer be a subcultural fascination but a growing phenomenon.

  2. Increase in market place education. Today’s colleges must be more than academic institutions. A liberal arts education still has value, but an ongoing need in society now demands that colleges also provide students with technical skills. Today, a Ph.D. graduate has a harder time finding a job than a student who has a certificate in automobile body repair.

  3. Increase in methods of teaching. Teachers used to stand in front of a class and lecture for an hour. Today, teachers must be more personal, innovative, and diverse in teaching. Today’s students have access to more information and more instruction at their fingertips through the Internet than ever before. What they need are teachers as facilitators to help them apply that knowledge.

Jacksonville College’s mission is the same today as it was in 1899: to provide a quality education from a biblical worldview. We are going to stay true to that mission but continually be open to change in methodology in order to meet the needs of today’s students.

We now offer a fully-accredited, two-year, Texas core degree completely online. We plan to add more technical, market-driven courses in the days ahead. If you started college but didn’t finish or never had a chance to attend college, now you can attend without leaving your home.

In the fall of 2016 we will begin offering classes in the growing fields of criminal justice, teacher education, and agriculture. These expanded class offerings will lead to an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree and completion of the Texas Common Core requirements. Jacksonville College, based on information obtained from the JC Institutional Research Department and student surveys, believes offering these classes will help boost enrollment by attracting students who know they are called to or have an interest in any of these major professions.

JC Academic Dean Lynn Nabi said, “I am excited that we are offering these new classes face to face and online, and I am equally excited about the prospective growth we could see. As a result of adding these classes, Jacksonville College is in the process of obtaining the best, credentialed instructors for these positions. We have a wonderful, dynamic, qualified faculty, and finding more instructors to fill our expanded class offerings will be a priority. I am all about what is best for students and their futures. I am quite positive these new offerings, along with qualified instructors who adhere to our Mission Statement, are going to assist our students in setting a great foundation for their college education.”

Expanded class offerings for Fall 2016 will include Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRIJ 1301), Court Systems and Practices (CRIJ 1306), Fundamentals of Criminal Law (CRIJ 1310), Introduction to the Teaching Profession (EDUC 1301), Introduction to Special Populations (EDUC 2301), Application in Agriculture (AGRI 1309), Agronomy (AGRI 1307), and Marketing in Agriculture (AGRI 1325).

Jacksonville College is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. All classes are transferable and part of the Texas Common Core. State and federal aid and numerous JC scholarships are available to all qualifying students. Contact the Academic Dean’s Office at or (903) 589-7137 for more information about new class offerings at Jacksonville College.

Jacksonville mayor Dick Stone cuts the ribbon at the dedication ceremony of Jacksonville College’s Mary S. Lewis Theater. To the right of Stone are JC president Dr. Mike Smith; Mary Lewis, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the College; and JC Academic Dean Lynn Nabi. Members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce are also pictured.

The newly renovated Jacksonville College Mary S. Lewis Theater was named after the JC Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, Mary Lewis. Lewis, who began the College’s theater program in 2000. is pictured here with the new theater sign. The theater is located on JC’s East Campus (formerly the Joe Wright Elementary School.)

The Jacksonville College Ministerial Alliance place the second of three crosses on campus. The students raised the funds for the crosses from the sale of Easter devotional books.


Registration for Winter and Spring 2016 is ongoing Winter Term: Begins December 14 (online and face-to-face classes)

Spring Term: Begins January 19 (online and face-to-face classes)

Christmas Show by JC Theater and Music Programs

Scrooge (a reader’s theater production) November 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary S. Lewis Theater

Tickets: $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students

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