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Catalog - General Information

PHILOSOPHY OF HILL COLLEGE

The Board of Regents, administrators, and faculty at Hill College are committed to the concept that our college be an open door to learning.  With this goal in mind, we extend an educational opportunity to students of all ages who can profit from instruction.  Every effort is made to provide equal access to the educational opportunities offered at Hill College without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability.

In keeping with this philosophy, Hill College recognizes and accepts the responsibility for providing curricula for university-bound students, for students seeking career opportunities in a variety of occupations, and for persons of the community seeking cultural enrichment, short‑term skill training, or personal improvement opportunities.  The college will seek to achieve these goals within the limits of its legal responsibilities and available fiscal resources.

MISSION STATEMENT

Hill College provides high quality comprehensive educational programs and services. The college enhances the educational, cultural, and economic development of its service area and assists both individuals and the community to prepare for a more productive life.

PURPOSES OF HILL COLLEGE

The purposes of Hill College are defined in the Texas Education Code, Section 130.003, and shall be to provide:

1.         technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;

2.         technical programs leading directly to employment in semi‑skilled and skilled occupations;

3.         freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences;

4.         continuing adult education programs for occupational or cultural upgrading;

5.         compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students;

6.         a continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals;

7.         workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;

8.         adult literacy programs and other basic skills programs; and

9.         such other purposes as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of post-secondary education.

Hill College exists to serve these purposes as they relate first to the local service areas, then to the State of Texas, and finally, to the nation.  It has accepted the challenge of providing the resources, curricula, instructional support, and personnel required to best serve the many educational needs of its students and adult clients.

HISTORY OF HILL COLLEGE

The authorization to establish Hill College was issued in 1921 by the Attorney General of the State of Texas under the name of Hillsboro Junior College.  The college first enrolled students in September of 1923.  At that time there were only two public junior colleges in the state, and Hillsboro Junior College became the first municipal junior college to be chartered in Texas.

On March 3, 1962, through the efforts of the media, local civic groups, and many others, a bond issue was passed for the purpose of building a new campus.  The college opened for business in September of 1962 under a new name, Hill Junior College.  The new college district was expanded by the voluntary annexation of five Hill County school districts other than the original Hillsboro school district.  The district now included Hillsboro, Abbott, Bynum, Covington, Itasca, and Whitney.

In 1974, the college opened an extension center in Cleburne, Texas, located in Johnson County.  The Johnson County Campus now includes six buildings on 32 acres of land and has more than 1,000 students enrolled in both day and night classes.  In 1997 and 1998, the citizens of Alvarado, Cleburne, Godley, Grandview, Joshua, Keene, Rio Vista, and Venus approved a local maintenance and operation tax for the purpose of supporting the campus of Hill College in Cleburne.

Higher education came to Burleson, Texas, on December 19, 2005, when representatives from Hill College, Texas Wesleyan University, and the City of Burleson hosted a ceremonial lease signing.  Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter had a vision of bringing higher education to the City of Burleson and played a key role in accomplishing this by offering Hill College and Texas Wesleyan University the opportunity to hold classes in a city-owned facility on Renfro Street.  Hill College-Burleson opened the doors in spring of 2006, with 87 students.  Today, the center serves approximately 400 students per semester, offering both day and evening classes.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES

Hill College - Hill County Campus

Hill College campus area includes 73.8 acres of land located just east of the City of Hillsboro on a hill overlooking I‑35 and the 35 acre Hill College Reunion Grounds.  Following its relocation to this site in 1962, the student population has continued to grow, and the college has expanded its facilities in order to meet the needs of the community and its students.  Twenty permanent buildings have been erected on the main campus with more than 250,000 square feet of space.

In the summer of 1985, the state of Texas deeded Hill College the Jefferson Davis State Park which is now called the Hill College Reunion Grounds Park.  The park consists of 35 acres of land located one mile south of Hill College.  Five acres of the park houses the college agriculture department and rodeo arena.  Persons or groups wanting to use the park facilities may do so by contacting the president's office.

In 1986, the Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center was completed.  The Bob Bullock Sports Center was completed in 1988.  The former home of the Runnin Rebels was converted to an activity center.  In 1990, a new women's dormitory was completed.  Also during 1990, a new classroom building was completed and opened.  Another new women's dorm and a new science classroom/laboratory building were completed in 1992.  The Governor Bill Daniel Student Center was completed in 1993.  The Technical Training Center was completed in 1994.  This center provides classroom and laboratory facilities for the Fire Academy Program and the Criminal Justice Program.  A new library was completed in the fall of 1996.  On the top floor is a spacious library, and on the bottom floor is a teaching auditorium and computer lab.  In the fall of 1997, Hill College opened a new classroom and faculty office building. In the summer of 1999, Hill College opened a new student cafeteria and bookstore complex, and in the summer of 2005, the college opened a new nursing/cosmetology building.  In 2008, through the generosity of the Hill College Foundation, Hill College completed a $1 million renovation of Bailey Dorm which houses male students on campus.  A filed house for the softball and baseball teams was completed in the summer of 2010.  In the fall of 2014, the new welding facility opened.  Through these building projects and through continuous maintenance and beautification projects, the college has created an attractive campus conducive to teaching and learning.

Hill College - Johnson County Campus

In 1974, Hill College opened the Cleburne Extension Center.  Since this time, Cleburne and Johnson County have experienced steady growth and so has the college.  The campus was initially located on West Henderson Street in Cleburne at the site of the old Johnson County fairgrounds.  In 1987, over 75,000 square feet of warehouse space on Westhill Street was converted into a much needed occupational center.  That space is still being used as the welding technology center and other classroom space for continuing education programs.  Welding technology is scheduled to move to new space on Henderson Street in the near future.

In 1997, the college was approached by concerned citizens requesting better facilities in Johnson County.  A five-cent maintenance tax was passed by eight of the nine independent school districts in Johnson County.  The ISD’s consisted of Alvarado, Cleburne, Godley, Grandview, Joshua, Keene, Rio Vista, and Venus.  The maintenance tax enabled the college to free student tuition to be used for revenue bonds.

In 1999, the college issued student revenue bonds to build new facilities on a permanent site overlooking Lake Cleburne on U.S. Hwy. 67, west of the city of Cleburne.  This campus consists of 32 acres of land donated by Tolbert and Margaret Mayfield.  The city of Cleburne entered into a long-term lease with the college for an additional 15 acres of adjoining land.  The initial buildings built on the new site included a classroom building, a library, and the Tolbert F. Mayfield Administration Building.  A Student Center and the Margie Faye Wheat Kennon Health/Science Building was completed in 2001.  The Technology Building was completed in the summer of 2003. Through the generosity of Howard Dudley, a facility for a state-of-the-art automotive training program in partnership with Snap-on Inc opened in the fall of 2010.  Additional buildings are planned as student enrollment grows.

Hill College - Burleson, Glen Rose, and Bosque County

Hill College began teaching evening classes in Burleson in 1974.  With support from the city of Burleson, Hill College developed a center for the students of Burleson and surrounding areas at 130 E. Renfro, Burleson, Texas.  Classes were first offered at the new campus in the spring of 2006.

Hill College has had a viable presence in Somervell County since 1990.  Since 2000, the college has maintained a small facility in Glen Rose at 1505 Big Bend Trail.  In 2004, the college added vocational nursing and cosmetology in a second facility.  However, in 2010, the state of Texas announced significant budget cuts for community colleges.  One of the items of impact was moving the Glen Rose Vocational Nursing program to Cleburne. 

Hill College offers courses in the Bosque County Center located at 301 N. 2nd Street, Meridian, Texas and at the high school through dual credit/concurrent enrollment.

TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM

Home of the Official State of Texas Medal of Honor Memorial to Native-Born Texans

Mission Statement: The Texas Heritage Museum’s mission is to explore Texas and Texans during wartime and how those experiences affect us today.

History: The modern Texas Heritage Museum and History Complex at Hill College had its beginning in 1963 when Colonel Harold B. Simpson arrived on campus and began to teach, publish books, and collect items related to the Civil War. In 1964, he published the first of what has come to be 49 books bearing the imprint “Hill College Press.” In the same year, he donated his collection of Civil War books to form the nucleus of what the Board of Regents designated the “Confederate Research Center” in the library. The Confederate Research Center was dedicated on Sept. 25, 1964, with Texas Governor Preston Smith as principle speaker. Col. Simpson said in a speech at the dedication of the Research Center, "What you see here today, of course, is only the small beginning of the center, but as the old adage goes, 'large oaks from small acorns grow.’” The next year, Col. Simpson secured a gun collection that began the “Gun Museum”; it also was located in the library.

By 1975, the growing collection of books, research materials, and guns included items that belonged to World War II hero Audie Murphy. In his history of Hill College, Odie Faulk said, “The Gun Museum became a part of what the regents designated the History Complex” (which also included the Confederate Research Center and the Hill College Press). Subsequently, in 1989, just before Colonel Simpson died, the regents honored him by renaming the center the Harold B. Simpson Confederate Research Center.

The next major development in the history of what is now the History Complex occurred in 1996, when a new library building was constructed on campus. In 1997, state funding was secured to renovate the old library building and establish what was to be known as the Texas Heritage Museum as a special line item under Hill College appropriations by the Texas State Legislature.

Today, the Texas Heritage Museum “50 years in the making” is comprised of three separate divisions: the Galleries & Collection, the Historical Research Center, and the Hill College Press. The museum and college have created “The College for the Study of Texas History” a learning environment for students as well as community members and the general public from all over the world to enjoy.  The museum averages around 6,000 visitors a year and provides a hands-on experience to visitors and students on Texas military history.

Galleries and Collection

The historical artifacts within the Texas Heritage Museum galleries and collections serve as tangible evidence of historical events while the accompanying text provides context to Texas history. Whether the exhibits are in conjunction with classes or standing alone, students and visitors are able to learn Texas history from touring the facilities. The Texas Heritage Museum currently has four major exhibits: a Civil War gallery entitled “The Blue and Gray Gallery”; a WWII gallery entitled “Texans at War 1939-1945”; “The Vietnam War and Texans’ Involvement”; and a fourth gallery on weapons from all wars that affect Texas. The museum houses more than 16,000 artifacts from the 1830s to the present.

On the front grounds of the museum is the “Official State of Texas Medal of Honor Memorial To Native-Born Texans” which honors the 61 native-born Texans who have received the Medal of Honor. The memorial’s center features two WWII Texan Medal of Honor recipients: Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier, and Samuel Dealey, the most decorated sailor. The memorial enhances the Texas Heritage Museum’s Medal of Honor collections. The memorial also complements an extensive archive collection of photographs and documents of other Texan Medal of Honor recipients in the Historical Research Center.

 

Hill College Press

The Hill College Press, established in 1964, publishes works of original and interpretative history that complement both the mission of the museum and the geographical setting of Central and North Texas. To date, the press has published 49 books, several of which have won literary and historical awards. The press publishes at least one book per year on one of the following subjects: Texas and Texans in conflict and war; social, multicultural, and historical subjects of importance to North and Central Texas; biographies of prominent Texans; and anthologies and documentary collections from the Historical Research Center. It also provides support with exhibits and programming development through tracts or pamphlets.

 

The Historical Research Center

The Historical Research Center (HRC) aspires to be widely acknowledged—by the college community, by the people of Texas, by scholars world-wide, and by our professional peers-as one of the nation’s finest Civil War collections repositories, bringing international distinction to Hill College by advancing scholarly research and education at the college and beyond. The HRC has grown in the last 50 years to more than 12,500 volumes and is one of the largest collections. Included in the HRC is an extensive collection of maps, photographic collections, microfilm, and an archival depository containing numerous files of soldiers’ letters, diaries, and unpublished manuscripts from all wars. Also featured in the HRC are original art, art prints, and sculptures depicting the War Between the States, and personal items belonging to Hill College graduate Bob Bullock during his term as Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

The Hill College Library System

The library system of Hill College is a combination of staff, materials and services existing to serve the students, faculty and administration of the college in their educational pursuits. Housing an up-to-date collection of items including books, periodical subscriptions, rolls of microfilm and electronic resources, the library system provides the necessary research material for students to successfully complete their class assignments.