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The Source: Alamo Colleges Asks Bexar County Voters For $450 Million

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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College and St. Philip’s College on a 12-month accreditation warning in December 2016.";

The Alamo Colleges District is asking Bexar County voters to sign off on a $450 million bond proposal that, if approved, would provide funding for new buildings, renovations and land purchases. 

ACD says the bond is "not anticipated to result in an increase to the tax rate."

The district is comprised of five campuses: San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College and Palo Alto College. Nearly 50,000 students are enrolled in academic courses from Alamo Colleges and there are another 33,000 students in occupational programs. The district expects these numbers will continue to grow as San Antonio's population increases. 

The bond goes to voters in May, but many are asking about accreditation warnings related to institutional autonomy. SAC, St. Philip’s and Northwest Vista received 12-month warnings in December. 

Critics say the timing is problematic, but Alamo Colleges officials have said voters shouldn’t worry about the accreditation woes.


David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.