The President shall develop, for review and approval by the Board of Trustees, a multi-year, comprehensive Strategic 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. Based upon strategies and measures established in the multi-year Strategic Plan, the President shall provide the Board of Trustees annual progress reports related to Student Success and Institutional Effectiveness.
During the review of the annual progress reports, the Board shall, after considering planning information and recommendations provided by the administration, adopt a set of planning priorities, stating the elements it wishes to emphasize in the Annual Plan/Budget.
The Strategic 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 Outcomes and Mission of the College as contained in Board Policy A-1, shall be used as the foundation for the College’s strategic planning priorities.
The Strategic Plan, and the process used to develop it, shall adhere to the following planning principles:
 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 resources.
 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 optimize the use of ACC's state and local tax subsidies.
 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.
 The planning process shall ensure compliance of College operations with Board policies and accreditation principles.
 The planning process shall ensure compliance with Student Success goals as established by the College and approved by the Board.
 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 Strategic Plan must incorporate performance measures for and provide evidence of program and institutional improvement based on the results of assessment.
 The planning process shall include recommendations from the organizational units, faculty, and staff.
 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.
 As part of the planning process, the administration shall conduct a program gap analysis to determine those areas potentially underserving or over-serving the educational and workforce needs of the service area.
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; and March 7, 2016.