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Center for Public Policy & Political Studies
Austin Community College
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Rm 414.3
Austin, Texas 78752-4390
Director, Peck Young
512.223.7069; Fax: 512.223.7210

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The Center offers programs intended to educate and inform the College community and the public. Examples of the Center’s educational programs and activities include:

  • Workshops for decision-makers, focusing on specific issues/problems, such as transportation, school funding, etc.
  • Annual symposium, focusing on specific topic of political study or public policy such as immigration and education, religion in school, etc.
  • Classes (credit &/or non-credit) for community members, professionals, ACC students and others.
  • Candidate forums and/or debates.
  • Lecture series with guest speakers.
  • Commemoration of significant historical events, such as U.S. Constitution Day, September 17th and Diez y Seis de Septiembre
  • Contests which explore students’ understanding of a political issue
  • The Center may sponsor annual awards for teaching excellence.


Examples of research projects and publications that the Center may conduct:

  • Voting patterns among college-age students.
  • Impact of electronic voting devices on voter behavior and election outcomes.
  • Early voting and its impact on the political process.
  • Long and short-term social and environmental implications of public agency decisions.
  • Media impact on elections.
  • Effects of polling on public opinion and public policy.
  • An “occasional papers” series, highlighting research results.
  • May sponsor Annual awards for student & faculty research.

Experiential Learning

The Center’s commitment to experiential learning provides students opportunities for personal and professional growth. Programs include:

  • Internships in city/state government and or other public agencies.
  • Voter Registration drives.
  • Experiential learning opportunities in the community.
  • Collaborative efforts with students/faculty from other institutions.
  • Collaborative efforts with faculty and others on research projects.
  • The Center may sponsor annual award(s) for service.

Students/faculty engage in vigorous deliberations about the Constitution: Constitution Day 2007

Students/faculty engage in vigorous deliberations about the Constitution: Constitution Day

Students researching school projects



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