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 colleges major revenue sources are appropriations
from the State Legislature, local property taxes, and student tuition
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 26,000 per semester.
of the CollegeMission
Austin Community College is an educational institution committed
to challenging the human mind to explore new ideas and seek new
opportunities. The College mission is to provide a wide range of
high quality educational services that meet the needs of our willing
partners in learning, both those who seek our services and those
whom we must seek out.
Austin Community College operates on the belief that open access
to quality postsecondary 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 postsecondary educational programs, and actively seeks
to eliminate barriers in the educational process.
A. Types of Programs
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. Vocational and technical programs of varying lengths leading
to certificates or degrees.
b. Freshman- and sophomore-level academic courses leading to an
associate degree or serving as the base of a baccalaureate degree
program at a four-year institution.
c. Continuing adult education for academic, occupational, professional,
and cultural enhancement.
d. Special instructional programs and tutorial service to assist
underprepared students and others who wish special assistance to
achieve their educational goals.
e. A continuing program of counseling and advising designed to assist
students in achieving their individual educational and occupational
f. A program of technology, library, media, and testing services
to support instruction.
g. Contracted instructional programs and services for area employers
that promote economic development.
1. The basic result to be produced by the College, in conjunction
with other community sectors, is that all service-area adults legally
qualified for College services have the postsecondary and higher
education they need and can use for productive, successful lives.
How close the local community is to this goal is a central accountability
indicator for the College. However, declaration of this goal is
not a guarantee of particular services, program admissions, or resource
allocations; these are decided through the program-review, admissions,
and budget processes.
2. Accredited preparation shall be provided for as many career areas
and university-transfer options within the mission of the College
as is feasible. Emphasis shall be placed on providing postsecondary
education (including needed preparation) to people who are educationally
disadvantaged or are not well-served by other colleges, and on preparation
for family-wage careers (either directly or after further higher
3. In addition to mastery of the specific subject-area knowledge
and skills needed to meet their education-related goals, students
completing College programs shall have the general skills needed
for success in employment and higher education: these include dependability,
effective communication, gathering and critically assessing information,
problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, and a focus on producing
results of high quality.
4. The College shall organize its activities so as to produce as
high a level of overall value for the community as possible, and
shall avoid procedures that waste the money or time of students
5. The College shall create a good place to work, to learn, and
to otherwise experience the higher-education process.