ACC General Catalog 1999-2000

Educational Services

Bookstore

Four ACC bookstores are available to provide services to students of the college: on the Northridge and Riverside Campuses and one near the Rio Grande Campus at 817 West 12th. There is also a bookstore at the Cypress Creek site.

 Child Development Center

The Children's Laboratory School on the Eastview Campus is a preschool program that also serves as a demonstration school for ACC's Child Development Department. The Children's Lab School offers an excellent program for young children. It enrolls children of ACC students, staff, faculty, as well as children from the greater Austin community.

The Children's Lab School is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The program strives to provide children with a culturally enriched environment reflective of Austin. For more information on the program, call the Children's Lab School Director at 223-5200, during daytime hours.

 Developmental Education

Courses in Developmental Education help students to succeed in college. ACC offers three types of Developmental Education courses: (1) Courses of one-, two-, or three-hours credit prepare students to enter college-level courses. These courses include mathematics, reading skills, vocabulary, writing skills, spelling, speech, and English as a second language. Students with skills below college level-including those identified on local assessment tests and the TASP Test-should enroll in these classes before enrolling in college-level courses. (2) One-hour lab classes parallel to courses in other divisions, where students work together in small tutorial groups to get additional practice and explanation. These include language and study skills labs, math labs, and writing labs. Students must be enrolled in the course that the lab parallels. (3) College-level courses that help students succeed in their academic studies. These courses include college study skills, advanced college vocabulary, and speed reading. Of these, advanced college reading may be transferable to other institutions.

Field and International Studies

In order to provide students the unique advantages of academic, cultural, and physical resources not available in the classroom, Austin Community College offers some select courses that are taught out-of-state and out-of-country. Such courses offer students the opportunity to ''experience" the subject they are studying and enhance their understanding of other peoples and places.

Generally, study programs take place during the summer.

Health Services

Austin Community College is not equipped to provide health services to students. However, first aid kits are available at the Campus Police offices and in various vocational instructional areas. Optional health/accident insurance is available to students; information and claim forms are available from the student development offices on the Northridge, Riverside, Rio Grande, Pinnacle, Eastview and Cypress Creek campuses.

Human Development

Human Development courses are college-credit electives designed to provide students in all programs with the skills to maximize their success both in and out of the classroom. By drawing on the tenets of modern psychology, sociology, and learning theory, these courses assist students in achieving greater self-awareness, self-management skills; setting and accomplishing personal, educational, and career goals; improving interpersonal communication skills, and mastering effective learning and study skills. Interested students can consult with an ACC counselor for additional information and assistance.

ID Cards

A student needs two ID cards to use ACC services. An ACC ID card and a photo ID such as a valid driver's license, DPS ID or passport must be shown with the ACC ID as proof of identity. All rights and privileges of the ID card are governed by ACC policy and procedures. ID's are available through the Admissions Offices after the semester begins. A $4 replacement fee may be charged. The charge for lost IDs is also $4.

International Studies Program

The Center for International Programs demonstrates the global mission that is central to Austin Community College. The Center coordinates all international activities throughout the district. Its focus includes: supporting innovative student/faculty exchanges, expanding contract training, internationalizing the curricula, strengthening language institutes, supporting our international students, and serving the international training needs of the Austin business community. ACC partnerships with local, national, and international organizations have benefitted students, faculty, and the community. Students, faculty and members of the community can use the center as a resource for study abroad programs, work-study programs, international service projects, international study tours and independent learning and student projects for credit. Help is also available for recruiting international students and faculty, assisting with academic advising and counseling, and other special international programs in consultation with appropriate departments. Call 223-7051 or come to the Highland Business Center for more information.

 Learning Resource Services

Austin Community College's commitment to effective instruction is supported by its Learning Resource Services Office. The office includes the Learning Resource Centers (encompassing Libraries, Media Centers and Computer Centers), Instructional Technology, Instructional Development, and Technical Services. Visit the LRS web site for complete information: http://lrs.austin.cc.tx.us.

Learning Resource Staff

A wide variety of talent and expertise is available to assist students. Librarians are faculty members who are professionally trained to assist students in finding and using information. They have designed or are familiar with library assignments handed out in classes. Instructional Technology staff assist students in locating and checking out media relevant to their courses. Computer Center staff are available to help students use the computers and software found in LRS Computer Centers.

Learning Resource Centers (LRCs)

The Austin Community College Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) provide full library, media, and computer center services to college faculty, students, and staff at the main campuses: Northridge, Rio Grande, Eastview and Riverside. All main campuses have general collections of materials. In addition, the Riverside LRC focuses on materials for the health sciences curriculum.

Resources and services vary at the other ACC campuses: Cypress Creek, Eastview, Pinnacle, and at evening ACC Centers. Call the LRS information number for a recording of the LRC hours, visit the LRS Web site, or consult the LRS Locations and Hours brochure for complete information, including maps to the campus Learning Resource Centers. All ACC LRC locations are linked to the ACC Public Access Catalog listing print, audiovisual, and computer software materials available for your use.

Materials and services available in LRCs include: current periodicals, with back issues on microfilm; electronic full-text databases via Texshare, local, state and national newspapers, circulating books, the Internet and a variety of resources on CDRom and a wide variety of audiovisual materials such as videos. In addition, there is a reserve collection of materials, put on reserve by instructors for specific classes. All media materials and the equipment to use them (ex. video tapes, audio cassettes, and CD-ROMs) are in the campus LRC, near the Media Center. A photocopy machine is available at most locations to copy materials. You may bring in blank tapes and copy most reserve audiotapes using high speed duplicators. Also, using a Texshare Card, ACC students may use the libraries of many local colleges and universities.

LRS Computer Centers provide computers and instructional and productivity software. These open access facilities are equipped with computers, printers, software and access to Internet. Student data disks are available for temporary storage of work.

Check-out Procedures

Students need a current ACC I.D. and a photo I.D. to use the computers, check out materials or renew them. Books are loaned for two weeks.

 Fines

Overdue fees are outlined in the Fees section of this catalog. Materials must be returned and fines paid within thirty days from the due date or the student's transcript will be placed on HOLD and the student will be barred from further checkouts. If an item is lost, students must pay the replacement cost of the item plus the library overdue fine (if any).

 Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC-Army)

The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC) offers many unique opportunities for both male and female students. ROTC normally is a four-year program: the basic course is conducted during the first two years of college, the advanced course during the last two years. In order to qualify for the advanced course, credit must be received for the basic course. Through a cooperative agreement between ACC and The University of Texas at Austin, ACC students may earn ROTC credits applicable to the four-year program.

Credit for the first two years does not obligate the student for further military service, but it does prepare him or her for entry into the advanced phase of ROTC with eventual commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the active Army or Reserve Force. In addition, entrance into the basic ROTC program gives students the opportunity to be eligible for ROTC scholarships.

Students may register at ACC for two semester credit hours of Military Science (MLS) each semester (see Course Descriptions). All instruction, however, will be conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.

Reserve Officer Training Corps for Air Force (AFROTC-Air Force)

Students transferring to senior colleges and universities for upper-level work leading to a bachelor's degree, have the opportunity to earn a commission in the Air Force by participating in the AFROTC four-year program. AFROTC units are hosted by The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Texas at El Paso, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, Angelo State University, Southwest Texas State University, North Texas State University, Texas A&M University, East Texas State University, and Texas Technological University. Both scholarship and non-scholarship options are offered. In addition, AFROTC offers a two-year program for juniors and seniors, and several special one-year programs for nurses and lawyers.

Students interested in the two-year program should contact the AFROTC unit, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 (471-1776), during the first semester of their sophomore year. All AFROTC students attend AFROTC courses on the senior university campus. Graduates are commissioned as Air Force Second Lieutenants and go on to become pilots, navigators, missile officers, engineers, and staff officers in a multitude of career fields.

 Safety and Security

ACC Campus Police Department

The Campus Police Department is a public service-oriented law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility of providing police protection for the college's students, faculty, staff and property. It is staffed by state licensed police officers responsible for enforcing federal, state and local laws in addition to college rules and regulations.

All accidents, thefts or other criminal matters that occur on ACC property are to be reported to the Campus Police Office at the site where the incident occurred. Students may also contact the Campus Police for assistance with dead batteries, keys locked in vehicle or to get an escort to your vehicle. Lost and found is also located in each Campus Police Office. The Central Dispatch emergency number is 223-7999.

Alcohol

Possession, sale or use of alcoholic beverages on ACC premises is prohibited by policy. State law and ACC policy prohibit possession or use of alcoholic beverages on ACC premises by a person under the age of 21.

Drug Free Campuses

ACC policy and state law prohibits the possession of illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia on any of its premises.

Weapons

State law and ACC policy prohibit the possession of weapons as defined in Article 46.03 of the Texas Penal Code and prohibitive weapons as defined in Article 46.05(a) of the code on ACC premises. A legal weapon may be used as a teaching aid if prior approval has been obtained from the Campus Provost's Office and the campus police are notified.

 Campus Facilities

Austin Community College has six full-service campuses located in the district:

Cypress Creek Campus: 1555 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, TX 78613; (512) 223-2000
Eastview Campus: 3401 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702; (512) 223-5100
Northridge Campus: 11928 Stonehollow Dr., Austin, TX 78758; (512) 223-4000
Pinnacle Campus: 7748 Highway 290 W., Austin, TX 78736; (512) 223-8001
Rio Grande Campus: 1212 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78701; (512) 223-3000
Riverside Campus: 1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741; (512) 223-6000

While not all programs are offered at all locations, campuses have a wide variety of day and evening classes (and some weekends) and a large array of student and educational services.

 Centers

The College, in partnership with area independent school districts, offers evening courses at some high schools which are referred to as Centers. Courses and support services vary and, in some cases, may be provided through a designated ACC campus.

 Parking

Parking at many Austin Community College locations is limited. Students enrolled for classes at the Rio Grande Campus are encouraged to utilize the Dillo Express Service (East and West routes) which originates at the City Coliseum and goes to the campus every fifteen minutes throughout the instructional schedule.

Parking is by permit only. Parking permits for faculty, staff and students are $10.00 per academic year. Students may obtain their parking permits at any Campus Police Office. Copies of the ACC Parking Policy can be obtained at any Campus Police Office.

Adult Education, Business Services, and Continuing Education students may call 512-223-7723 for applicable policies.

 Housing

Austin Community College neither operates residence halls nor maintains lists of available or approved housing. Housing is available in the city of Austin. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

 Student's Right To Know

Copies of the crime report as required by the "Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act" are available at each Campus Police Office and Campus Library. They also are published in the ACC Student Handbook and on the Web at http://www2.austin.cc.tx.us/evpcss/accpd/stats.htm 


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