ACC General Catalog 1999-2000

General Information

History and Governance

Austin Community College is a public institution of higher education that serves the capital area of Texas. The College maintains an open admissions policy and offers freshman and sophomore university parallel courses, occupational-technical programs in a variety of areas, avocational and vocational continuing education courses, and adult education.

Austin Community College is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees elected by voters of the Austin, Leander and Manor Independent School Districts. The college's major revenue sources are appropriations from the State Legislature, local property taxes, and student tuition and fees.

Austin Community College was established by the voters of the Austin Independent School District on December 9, 1972, and opened for classes in September 1973 with 2,200 students. Enrollment in credit courses now exceeds 25,000 per semester.

 Purpose of the College - Mission

Austin Community College operates on the belief that open access to quality post-secondary educational experiences is vital in a rapidly changing democratic society. Therefore, the College exists to provide such educational opportunities to all the people of the Austin Community College service area. Hence, Austin Community College maintains an "open door'' admissions policy, offers a comprehensive variety of post-secondary educational programs, and actively seeks to eliminate barriers in the educational process.

The legal mission of Austin Community College is prescribed by the Texas Legislature:

1. Technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;
2. Vocational programs leading directly to employment in semiskilled and skilled occupations;
3. Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences;
4. Continuing adult education 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 goals; and
7. Such other purposes as may be prescribed by the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System, or local governing boards, in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

Austin Community College offers the following types of programs, services, and instruction to fulfill its mission and to satisfy state law for public junior and community colleges;
[a] Student-centered instruction that seeks to aid students in their educational endeavors while demanding quality performance.
[b] Vocational and technical programs of varying lengths leading to certificates or degrees.

The Vision, Values and Strategic Intents of Austin Community College


Austin Community College will be one of the best community colleges in the nation, providing excellent educational programs and services.


Community and stewardship are the means by which we will achieve excellence. Community balances diversity and collaboration. Stewardship balances accountability and innovation. We will achieve these balances within an ethical framework, respecting each other's rights and views and acting as trustworthy members of the college and the larger community.


Austin Community College will be a learning organization, one that engages in self-evaluation, self-renewal, and self-sustaining growth. We pledge to assess and understand the needs of our communities and to deliver educational programs and services that meet those needs in the most effective manner.


Austin Community College's vision and mission reflect its commitment to excellence, individual initiative, collaboration, and community action.

 Strategic Intents

1. Practice Stewardship of the Human and Capital Resources Entrusted to Us:
Austin Community College will provide excellent educational programs effectively and efficiently.

2. Ensure Access to Learning:
Austin Community College will be accessible to all individuals who can benefit from our education and training.

3. Deliver Excellent Education:
Austin Community College will deliver the highest quality educational programs and services to upgrade skills and to provide degrees, certificates, transfer credit, and opportunities for lifelong learning.

4. Provide Effective Teaching:
Austin Community College will be an exemplar of best practices in education and training.

5. Build Strategic Partnerships:
Austin Community College will be the catalyst for integrating the capital area's educational resources.

6. Attract and Retain Quality Employees:
Austin Community College will create an environment which attracts quality individuals, values diversity, engenders commitment to excellence, and supports the achievement of personal and professional goals.

7. Promote Participatory Decision-Making Through Shared Governance:
Austin Community College will have an organizational culture which empowers individuals and promotes collaboration.

8. Establish Effective Internal Systems and Processes:
Austin Community College will develop responsive and reliable systems and processes.

Instructional Philosophy

Austin Community College is committed to the belief that in a free and democratic society, all persons should have a continuing opportunity to develop skills and knowledge as well as to enhance their understanding of the responsibilities in that society. The college takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards.

Degrees and Certificates Awarded

1. Associate of Arts degree for those students completing a two-year program to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2. Associate of Science degree for those students completing a two-year program to transfer to a Bachelor of Science degree.
3. Associate of Applied Science degree for those students completing a two-year program of technical-vocational work.
4. Certificate of Completion for those students completing a specified course or program.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Austin Community College is an educational institution committed to challenging individuals to explore new ideas and see new opportunities. The college's mission is to provide a wide range of high quality educational services to its students in an environment that supports the ideals of quality, flexibility, accessibility, and diversity. Student involvement in College activities and organizations is strongly encouraged. Student input regarding the improvement of the college's educational services is valued. Students at the College have the rights accorded to all persons under the Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility for each individual to accord the same rights to others in the College community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. As willing partners in learning, it is expected that students will comply with College rules and procedures. ACC's disciplinary procedures are outlined in detail in the ACC Student Handbook, which new students receive during orientation.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

The following statement concerning student records maintained by Austin Community college is published in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The release of information to the public without the consent of the student will be limited to that designated as directory information. Directory information includes name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in activities, dates of attendance, degrees, certificates and awards, and name of the previous educational institution attended. Any student objecting to the release of all or any portion of such information must notify the Office of Admissions within the first twelve class days of the semester. The restriction will remain in effect until revoked by the student 

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