C-6. College-Community Linkages

C-6. College-Community Linkages

Value Statements:

  • ACC embraces its responsibility to serve, to the greatest extent possible, its multiple external constituencies.
  • ACC actively engages in developing and sustaining external partnerships which support with the mission of the institution and advance public understanding of the value of higher education.

It is important that the College create and maintain strong community linkages at many levels. Accordingly:

A. Communication Linkages:

[1] Staff-community linkages. The President shall ensure that the College maintains a system to receive external information and advice on how the College can best serve its community, especially from sectors that directly deal with the College’s entrants or graduates. This system shall be structured so as to promote productive College-community interaction. The President shall also ensure that the College has appropriate representation in relevant community organizations and events.

[2] College-community linkages. The President shall ensure that the College website is maintained with up-to-date internal and external information related to its mission, vision, values, Board, college operations, and community partnerships.

[3] Board-community linkages. In addition to the activities individual Trustees choose to undertake as elected officials, the Board shall have an organized program of interaction with the community. Board officers shall coordinate this program aligning it with a priority list adopted annually b the Board.  Upon approval of the Board work plan:

   a) The Board Chair shall coordinate joint board meetings with the Boards of Independent School Districts within the ACC taxing district.  Meetings may be workshop meetings to enable Board members to directly engage Districts' policy and administrative officials on topics such as early college high school, early college start, (dual credit), workforce partnerships and co-location opportunities in order to better serve our mutual constituencies.  These meetings could serve to enhance our community outreach and local service engagement.

   b) The Board Vice-Chair shall develop a Board biannual legislative agenda upon adoption of a Board Legislative Program.  The Legislative program adopted by the Board may review and include all or part of the State Association Legislative Program in addition to the ACC Board's own legislative priorities at least six months prior to the legislative session.  The Board Legislative Program Plan shall identify goals, objectives, and strategy, and orchestrate Board networking meetings with legislators.  The President shall provide the support necessary to accomplish the Board's Legislative Program Plan implementation.

   c) In support of the work plan adopted by the Board, the Board's Vice Chair shall coordinate an organized program of interaction with the community at large.  This program shall be developed in accordance with a priority list adopted annually by the Board.  The Board shall seek community participation in key decisions, such as tuition or tax waivers, and revisions/additions to the ACC academic and facilities master plans.

[4]  The College shall provide electronic dissemination of Board-meeting proceedings, including cable television whenever feasible, in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

[5] Citizen communications: Citizens may address the Board according to procedures established by the Board Chair, which shall be uniformly applied so as to provide fair access to all citizens.

B. Public Recognition:

Public recognition to honor an individual whose life's work has furthered the mission of the college, the welfare of the community, or the promotion of education in general may be provided by way of a Board resolution and commemorative plaque describing the accomplishments.  Recommendations may be made by the President and members of the Board of Trustees.  The Board officers shall review nominations in accordance with applicable guidelines identified in Board Policy C-8, and submit nominations to the Board for consideration and approval.  Honoring resolutions will be conducted during regularly scheduled Board meetings.

C. Operational Linkages:

The College shall respond to community needs by creating appropriate partnerships or contractor-client relationships with community organizations. Negotiation of such agreements is the responsibility of the President, subject to Board approval if they are multi-year agreements or involve expenditures in excess of the approval limits established in policy G-2, Purchasing. Proposals for partnership agreements should include an economic analysis, and should ensure that each party bears an appropriate share of the costs.

D. Reports to the Board:

The President shall report annually to the Board on the nature and extent of linkage activities, on the financial terms and operational results of community partnerships, and on any plans or recommendations for changes in this area.

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The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on June 1, 1998 and amended it on May 1, 2000, March 4, 2003, July 7, 2008 and September 2, 2014.