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E-1. Master Planning

Value Statements:

  • The development and periodic review of a Master Plan will be used to guide College operations.
  • Board Policies and intended outcomes will be aligned with Master Plan Priority Statements and Presidential Priorities.

The President shall develop, for annual review and approval by the Board of Trustees, a comprehensive Master Plan that supports student success for all student groups and encompasses the needs of the entire institution with specific attention given to instructional programs, support services, capital equipment/technology, facilities, staffing, and, financial planning that leads the College toward achievement of its mission/vision. The Master Plan should be guided by institutional master planning priorities which are reviewed annually and which include the president’s priorities as established by the Board. The Master Plan shall be based upon determinations of current and future community needs and upon responsible utilization of fiscal, physical, and human resources. The Board policies on Intended Results and Mission of the College shall be used as the foundation for the College’s master planning priorities.

A. Principles: The Master Plan, and the process used to develop it, shall adhere to the following planning principles:

[1] The main focus of ACC's planning shall be to ensure that the activities of the College support student success and match community needs and are effective in enabling students, local employers, and the community sectors to reach their declared educational goals efficiently. Care must be taken in the planning process to ensure that new initiatives and current activities both have adequate, equitably-distributed resources.

[2] The accessibility of ACC to students who have limited educational options must be a pervasive concern in all College planning. Since any ineffective use of resources may directly lead to higher student tuition rates, the College must operate with exemplary efficiency to maximize student access and success and to avoid abuse of ACC's state and local tax subsidies.

[3] The College shall provide efficiently-delivered high-quality instruction that closely matches student and community needs and enables rapid student progress to competence in their chosen fields. The College shall minimize requirements that are not essential to meet a student's declared educational goals. The College shall systematically provide the support needed for sustained high-quality instruction that develops the work habits and problem-solving skills needed for successful employment and educational advancement.

[4] The planning process shall ensure compliance of College operations with Board policies and accreditation principles.

[5] The planning process shall ensure compliance with Student Success goals as established by the College.

[6] Institutional research must be an integral part of the College's planning and evaluation processes, and there must be a clear linkage between planning, budgeting, evaluation, and assessment. The Master Plan must incorporate performance measures for and provide evidence of program and institutional improvement based on the results of assessment.

[7] The Planning process shall include recommendations from the organizational units, faculty, and staff.

[8] The planning process shall be open, with public access provided to the information on which plans are based and to the recommendations made at each stage of the planning process.

[9] As part of the planning process, the administration shall identify potential instructional programs with substantial enrollment at other local institutions that are not offered at ACC but are within its legal scope.

B. Board Role

During the annual updating of the Master Plan, the Board shall, after considering planning information and recommendations provided by the administration, adopt a set of master planning priorities, including those listed here, stating the elements it wishes to emphasize.

[1] For programs in which local tuition/fees and state-reimbursement revenues cover overall costs (including indirect, facility, and capital costs), the extent of program offerings shall be determined primarily by student demand. Programs requiring significant subsidy shall be offered in accordance with a community-priorities declaration, which shall be based on consideration of local workforce and higher-education needs, and adopted by the Board.

[2] The Board will, in response to Presidential recommendations based on policy F-10, adopt specific compensation goals as part of its update of the Master Plan. During that review, the Board shall be provided information comparing College compensation rates to those typical of both the primary comparison groups and various other groups of employers that might be considered relevant. Information shall also be provided comparing the workloads and compensation of full-time and adjunct faculty at the College.

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The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on December 5, 1977 and amended it on January 5, 1998, May 1, 2000, March 31, 2003, July 7, 2003, April 4, 2005, June 20, 2011.

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