Austin Community College District

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Austin Community College District
ACC's Round Rock Campus
ACC's Round Rock Campus, opened Fall 2010[1]
Motto Start Here. Get There.
Established September 17, 1973
Type Community college district
President Dr. Richard Rhodes
Students 45,100 credit, 15,000 non-credit[2]
Location Austin, Texas, United States
Campus Ten area commuter campuses and eight centers[2]
Sports Intramurals available
Nickname Riverbats[3]
Mascot R.B. Bbhoggawact[3]
Website www.austincc.edu
Austin Community College (logo).jpg
Highland Business Center, ACC headquarters

The Austin Community College District (ACC) is a regional community college district with 10 campuses and 8 centers located in and around the city of Austin, Texas, United States.

ACC is the second largest institution of higher learning in Central Texas with a service area that stretches over eight counties and 7,000 square miles (18,000 km2).[4]

ACC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt institution of higher education as defined in Section 61.003 of the Texas Education Code.[5]

As of Fall 2011, ACC has 4,500 faculty and staff, 45,100 credit students, 15,000 non-credit students, and offers over 235 associate degree and certificate programs.[2]

History[edit]

In 1972, residents of Austin Independent School District (AISD) voted to create the Austin Community College District. ACC opened its doors at its Ridgeview Campus (closed in 1988 due to structural issues) on September 17, 1973 with 177 faculty and staff, 1,726 students, and 30 academic programs. Classes were first held at Rio Grande, ACC's oldest currently open campus, on September 4, 1975.[6]

The college held its first commencement ceremony on May 15, 1974. Fifteen students were awarded associate degrees, and 71 adults were honored for receiving their GED certificates.

About thirteen years after it opened ACC became financially stable. In March 1, 1982, ACC ceased to be governed by the AISD and formed its own board of trustees and in 1986 voters approved a property tax rate of 5 cents per $100 of valuation.[7]

ACC became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree on December 1, 1978.[8]

Mission[edit]

The Austin Community College District values and respects each individual student. We promote student success and improve communities by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in the eight-county service area.[9]

ACC's mission focuses on four specific areas characteristic of community colleges:[9]

Complete ACC Vision/Mission/Values Statement

Accreditation[edit]

ACC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree, and is recognized and sanctioned by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. ACC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Texas Association of Community Colleges.[10]

Degrees and certificates[edit]

As of the 2012-2013 college catalog, ACC offers over 235 associate degree and certificate granting award plans[2] in over 100 areas of study.[11]

2012-2013 catalog listing of award plans

Articulation and transfer[edit]

ACC holds articulation agreements with over 40 universities, colleges, and institutes.[12] ACC boasts a 43% transfer and graduation rate over 3 years.[2]

Complete list of current articulation agreements

Tuition and fees[edit]

As of fall 2012, all Texas students at ACC regardless of residency status pay $62 in tuition per credit hour. All Texas students additionally pay $16 in fees (general fee, student activity fee, and sustainability fee) per credit hour. Texas students not residing within the ACC taxing district also pay an out-of-district fee of $162 per credit hour. Out-of-state and international students pay $324 in tuition and fees per credit hour.[13]

Locations[edit]

Rio Grande Campus in Downtown Austin, formerly Austin High School and John T. Allan Junior High School (est. 1916.)[14]
Northridge Campus signage
South Austin Campus

The Austin Community College District includes eight currently operating campuses, and two future campuses in Elgin and Hays. ACC also operates 12 learning centers within the service area. ACC's Highland Business Center functions as the college's headquarters, offering additional classroom space, while ACC's Service Center holds administrative offices.[2]

Campuses[edit]

Listed in chronological order of opening:[15]

Centers[edit]

ACC centers operate in the evening at local high school sites within the ACC service area, offering college credit classes to the general public. The centers also offer college credit classes during the day for Early College Start students. The centers expand access to higher education in ACC's service area, and all courses and faculty meet the same standards as those on ACC campuses.[16][17]

Other locations[edit]

Service area[edit]

ACC's service area spans 7,000 square miles (18,000 km2) and is defined by the Texas Legislature. The service area includes Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Blanco, and Gillespie counties, plus a portion of Gonzales County. Within the service area, ACC's taxing district includes the city of Austin as well as the Austin, Leander, Manor, Del Valle, Round Rock, Elgin, and Hays school districts.[2]

Presidents[edit]

Current ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes speaking at the Hays Campus groundbreaking ceremony, June 2012
  • Dr. Richard Rhodes: 2011–Present
  • Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow: 2005-2011
  • Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow (interim): 2005
  • Dr. Robert Aguero: 2004-2005
  • Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow: (interim) 2004
  • Dr. Richard Fonté: 1997-2004
  • Ms. Janis M. Koenig (interim): 1997
  • Dr. Hosni Nabi (interim): 1996-1997
  • Dr. William E. Segura: 1993-1996
  • Mr. Roland K. Smith (interim): 1992-1993
  • Dr. Daniel D. Angel: 1985-1992
  • Mr. Roland K. Smith (interim): 1984
  • Dr. Brent Knight (interim): 1983-1984
  • Mr. Roland K. Smith (interim): 1983
  • Dr. Cecil L. Groves: 1977-1983
  • Mr. Marvin D. Shwiff (interim): 1977
  • Dr. Thomas Hatfield: 1973-1977[4]

Mascot[edit]

ACC's mascot is R.B. the Riverbat. The mascot was officially adopted on November 18, 2010 after student and community consultation.[18]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Alex Jones, American radio show host.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ACC's Round Rock Campus". Austin Community College. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About ACC". Austin Community College. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "ACC Riverbat - About". Austin Community College. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "ACC History". Austin Community College. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "About ACC - History". Austin Community College. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/leander-cedar-park/austin-community-college-40th-anniversary/
  7. ^ "Austin Community College Interactive Timeline". Austin Community College. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "A-1. Vision/Mission/Values Statement". Austin Community College. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Accreditation". Austin Community College. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "2012-2013 College Credit Catalog". Austin Community College. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Articulation Agreements". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tuition and Fees Chart". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Austin High School Historical Marker Text". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  14. ^ "Austin Community College Interactive Timeline". Austin Community College. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "ACC Centers". Austin Community College. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "ACC Locations". Austin Community College. 
  17. ^ http://www.austincc.edu/riverbat/history.php

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