Enabling students to meet their educational goals shall be the central organizing principle of College activity. While most of the work on this task will be done by students and faculty as part of the instructional process, the College shall also provide other needed supports including:
A. Goal Declaration
The College shall help students relate their aptitudes and interests to certificate, associate and baccalaureate degrees and career opportunities, and the corresponding educational goals (which may or may not include further college education after ACC). Accordingly:
- The College shall provide current information about career opportunities within its service area (including current demand, starting salaries, and career salary prospects), the preparation typically required for success in those careers, and the subsequent success by academic sector of ACC students in job placement and/or university transfer.
- Students shall be assessed regarding preparedness for their goals and informed of the educational sequences ACC offers that will advance them toward those goals (or of an alternate supplier or method in cases where that would be in the best interest of a student).
- A declaration of education goal shall be maintained and reported annually for all college-credit students to allow analyses of goal attainment. The College will provide students information regarding the value of completing certificates and degrees.
- Each college-credit student (except those who at entry declare a specific short-term goal and decline an advisor) shall be assigned a faculty or staff advisor prepared to assist with the specific educational goal of the student. For transfer students, this preparation shall include appropriate knowledge about their field and the articulation of ACC courses with their target college or university. For workforce students, knowledge of the student’s target industry shall be included. Students requiring remediation shall be advised on how to satisfy such requirements while advancing toward their specific goals.
- Students who have difficulty reaching their educational goals shall be advised about how to learn effectively at the college level, and what combination of preparation, course load, and non-school activities have been found to be consistent with academic success.
- Advising and counseling shall reflect a consistent philosophy of operational delivery throughout the College, and be designed to meet student needs as identified through annual analysis of student performance data.
C. Financial Aid
The College shall fully inform students about opportunities for financial assistance to attend college, and shall facilitate their use of those opportunities. Grants and scholarships will be encouraged over student loans.
D. Educational Counseling
The College shall assist students in overcoming obstacles to the achievement of their educational goals. Accordingly:
- Counseling services shall be focused on academically at-risk students in:
a. Completing developmental education requirements
b. Improving students’ academic status when falling below established College standards
c. Selecting a major consistent with career goals
d. Using the support services available at the College
e. Developing study and classroom skills that contribute to successful academic performance
- Student Services staff shall ensure that student concerns are brought to the attention of the responsible authority:
a. Informing the appropriate supervisor when a student reports action by a College employee that seems inconsistent with College rules or policy, and
b. Informing students of the College’s appeal processes when appropriate, while respecting the responsibility and authority of faculty, administration and staff.
- The College shall provide assistance to students in placement in jobs or further higher education once they have completed their preparatory work.
E. Learning Support
The College shall provide learning support services which research data supports as effective, including tutoring, technology-assisted learning opportunities, learning communities, service learning/civic engagement, and College student success instruction.
As part of the College’s annual Student Success Report, the President shall report to the Board on the extent and results of College student success strategies. The annual report will serve as a scorecard on the College’s progress in accomplishing goals set in its Strategic Plan.
The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on August 2, 1999 and amended it May 1, 2000; March 4, 2003; March 31, 2003; May 2, 2011 and January 19, 2016.
Note: This policy was renumbered from A-6 to A-4 on August 2009 due to resequencing of board policies. The original A-4.Tuition Rates, was moved to G9 under the newly renamed Group G: District Finances on July 9, 2007.