Virtual College of Texas

Who We Are

The Virtual College of Texas (VCT) is a collaborative of Texas community colleges; it is not a separate, independent college. A service of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, VCT has been operational since Fall of 1998.

VCT's Mission

To increase access to higher education and improve student success through sharing of eLearning resources among Texas two-year colleges.

These resources include courses, programs, instructors, technology, and administrative and technical support.

VCT Staff

Judith Sebesta, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Sebesta comes to VCT with an extensive background in higher education as a faculty member, administrator, and policy analyst, focusing most recently on innovation and online learning to support college affordability and student access and success.

Judith has served in a variety of roles at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, including as Program Director for Distance Education, Director of Innovation, and Project Director for Open Educational Resources. She also was founding Executive Director of the Institute for Competency-Based Education based at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Prior to shifting her career focus to the broader landscape of policy and practice in online education and alternative learning models, Judith enjoyed a fifteen-year career as a professor of theatre and department chair, teaching at University of Evansville in Indiana, University of Arizona, University of Missouri, and Lamar University. She likes to keep a foot in the (virtual) classroom, currently serving as an instructor in the innovative, online CBE BAAS in Organizational Leadership program at TAMU-Commerce.

Judith holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Austin College, an M.S. in Theatre from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Theatre History & Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Clark Peterson, Program Manager

Clark Peterson, previously Interim Director Virtual College of Texas, served as Distance Learning Support Services Coordinator / Supervisor and VCT Coordinator at Austin Community College 2007-2016 and performed Distance Learning Director duties 2013-2017.

Clark began his career in higher education at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona in 1994 as Mentor/Tutor, Learning Center Coordinator, and Academic Advisor. Since then, Clark has also been employed by the University of Phoenix and the University of Texas in the roles of Student Assistance Representative, Academic Counselor, and administrative support for International Business Education. As Program Manager for the UT McCombs MBA program, Clark managed budgets totaling over three million dollars per annum.

Clark has experience working with a wide variety of students including first generation, lower income and otherwise at-risk populations, ESL, Deaf, and students with learning disabilities. He is a 1999 graduate of Arizona State University.

Accreditation Status

All colleges of the VCT collaborative are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

VCT itself is not accredited because it is not an independent institution. In a statewide review of VCT, SACSCOC affirmed that individual colleges' practices regarding inter-institutional course sharing through VCT meets SACSCOC requirements and standards.

Memberships/Partnerships

VCT enjoys memberships in, and partnerships with, a variety of organizations across Texas and the U.S.