HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE
Faulkner State Community College, a public two-year institution located in Baldwin County in southwest Alabama, has three campuses located in Bay Minette, Gulf Shores, and Fairhope. The Bay Minette campus is the administrative campus. The College, which was one of the 13 original two-year colleges created by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 1963, is under the authority of the State Board of Education. Faulkner State is a member of the Alabama Community College System that consists of twenty-one comprehensive community colleges, four technical colleges, and one military institution; Athens State University, and; extensive workforce development initiatives, including the Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute and the Alabama Technology Network.
Faulkner State has undergone several transitions and name changes in its lifetime. For the first few months of operation, it was called Bay Minette State Junior College, but in early 1966, the State Board of Education named the College William Lowndes Yancey State Junior College in honor of a pre-Civil War statesman and educator. In 1970, the name changed to James H. Faulkner State Junior College to honor Mr. James H. Faulkner, a prominent citizen of Baldwin County. The College name was changed again by the State Board of Education in August 1992, to Faulkner State Community College to more accurately reflect its mission and purpose.
The College has grown from an initial enrollment of 401 students and one campus in 1965, to a current combined enrollment of more than 5,000 students on all three campuses. Faulkner State began offering courses at the Fairhope site in 1970, and in 1975, the College added a permanent staff, student services, and expanded offerings of programs and services to the community. The Fairhope Campus has been housed both at the Fairhope High School and at the old Fairhope Library building. In 1987, the present Fairhope site was acquired. Originally the home of the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education, the Fairhope site was entered in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior on July 1, 1988. In 1985, the College opened a site in Foley and moved to the present Gulf Shores Campus location in Fall 1993.
Faulkner State Community College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1970, reaccredited in 1975, 1985, 1995, and again in 2005.
Faulkner State Community College provides an educational environment that promotes development and learning through a variety of educational programs and services.
Through various instructional strategies, including distance education and workforce development opportunities; adequate and comfortable facilities; a caring and well-qualified staff; flexible scheduling; and convenient locations, the College renders its programs and services.
In order to fulfill its mission, Faulkner State Community College seeks to:
provide comprehensive postsecondary instructional program offerings that include:
university parallel programs that transfer to senior colleges or universities,
general education programs designed to broaden academic and cultural backgrounds,
occupational-technical programs designed to develop marketable skills and support economic development, and;
developmental courses designed to improve basic skills in English, mathematics, and reading;
provide traditional and non-traditional venues of instruction, including distance educational opportunities, social media, and other emerging and innovative methods of instruction;
provide student support services
and academic support services designed to assist students in setting and/or attaining their educational and career goals;
provide student activities
, including intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs, designed to assist students in reaching their maximum potential and to encourage their social development;
provide quality instruction by employing qualified personnel and encouraging professional development;
provide operational support services designed to enhance the College’s growth;
provide adequate physical facilities to house all College activities and to allow for future expansion and growth;
provide community programs for cultural growth, adult education
, literacy instruction and continuing education, and to share College facilities with citizens of the community for educational and/or recreational purposes;
promote a positive College image through use of the media, cooperation with external service and government agencies, and employee participation in the service area community;
evaluate, update, and revise on a continuing basis the institutional purpose and objectives through comprehensive institutional planning, management, and evaluation of all aspects of the College operations;
Identify outcomes, assess the extent to which the outcomes are achieved, and provide evidence based on analysis of results; and,
Comply with federal and state regulations on nondiscrimination, equal opportunity employment, and affirmative action, making efforts to recruit qualified minority personnel at every level of the College organization.
It is the official policy of the Alabama Community College System and Faulkner State Community College that no person in Alabama shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, gender, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment under any program, activity, or employment.
No employee or applicant for employment or promotion, shall be discriminated against on the basis of any impermissible criterion or characteristic including, without limitation, race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, sex, age or any other protected class as defined by federal and state law.
The College encourages any students or employees who believe that they have been subjected to harassment on the basis of race, color, or national origin, to report the harassment to the College, and note the College’s commitment to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
Any students or employees found to engage in acts of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, or national origin, will be promptly disciplined and may include, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion for said students and employees.
Faulkner State Community College complies with nondiscriminatory regulations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title IV, VI, and IX of the Civil Rights Act. Questions or concerns regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should be directed to the ADA Coordinator, Dr. Brenda J. Kennedy, Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Student Development, telephone (251) 580-2180.
The President of Faulkner State Community College has assigned responsibility for Titles IV, VI, and IX as follows:
- Students with questions or any concerns, including discrimination or harassment, that are academic in nature should contact Emily Martin, the Dean of Instruction, telephone (251) 580-2140.
- Students with questions or any concerns, including discrimination or harassment, that are non-academic in nature should contact Michael G. Nikolakis, Dean of Student Services, telephone (251) 580-2122.
- Employees and other individuals who have questions or any concerns, including discrimination or harassment, should contact Laura Burks, Director of Human Resources, telephone (251) 580-2144.
These individuals can be contacted at the following address: Faulkner State Community College, 1900 U.S. Highway 31 South, Bay Minette, Alabama, 36507.
Information on the College’s non-discrimination policy will be made available in large type upon request. Also this information will be read to any person making the request. Also, the College will distribute the statement in languages other than English, as necessary.