Goals and Strategies

Driving Success

5 Goals of SSI

The college measures its success through the core SSI goals and employs multiple intervening strategies to achieve them.

Goal 1: Increase Persistence (Term-to-Term & Fall-to-Fall)

  1. First-Year Seminar

  2. Group Planning Sessions

  3. Eliminate Late Registration

  4. Online Orientation

  5. Distance Learning

Goal Leader: Dr. Kathleen Christensen, Vice President of Student Services and Success Systems

Goal 2: Complete Developmental and Adult Education Course Progression to Credit Courses

Context: Nationwide, statistics are daunting: At least half of all underprepared students drop out of college within the first year. To turn these numbers around at ACC, Developmental Education is replacing the traditional classroom/lecture model with more supportive learning communities, lab-oriented learning with personalized instruction, and Supplemental Instructional to extend learning opportunities. In addition, our Adult Education Division boasts a College Connection program that helps GED graduates successfully transition into college and on their way to a degree.

Strategies for 2012-2013:

Expansion of MATD 0385

  1. Math department will offer more sections of MATD 0385.
  2. Student Services will be engaged in learning more about the course, its impact on students, and who is best to take it.  Letters to campus deans was written by the Goal 2 committee, approved by the VP of Instruction and distributed by Dorado Kinney and VP of Student Services.  Counselors on each campus were recruited to attend a training session with Math department to learn about the course.
  3. The Goal 5 committee determined that MATD 0385 demonstrated results regardless of gender of ethnicity and has begun assisting with recruiting students.  Dr. Armenta communicated to campus deans which sections of the course at their campuses needed increased enrollments.
  4. The Cut Score committee is recommending to create a score range on the new TSI assessment for placement of new students into MATD 0385.  Previously, there was no cut score for placement of new students into this course.

MATD 0385 has proven to be highly effective in improving student outcomes across all gender, racial, and ethnic groups.

Creation of a College-Wide ESOL Subcommittee

  1. The Goal 2 committee determined that ESOL needed its own forum for discussing issues:
    • Curricular alignment between AE ESL and credit ESOL
    • Ensuring consistency of messaging about ESL programs at ACC
    • Assessment

The ESL subcommittee will coordinate ESL across the college.

Expansion of College Transitions Program

The Adult Education College Transitions program launches students into ACC who might not otherwise attempt college classes.

The data collected over the past three years of the program show that the ACC Transitions program fared much better than other state programs in helping students transition to college.

The committee is currently reviewing the program and looking at some of the following questions for scaling:

      • Curriculum design: knowledge of student population
      • Assessments: distinguishing between students who need a refresher course and those who need serious, fundamental developmental education
      • Appropriate student referrals: only students who can attend classes when our program meets, only students who can handle accelerated pace

The College Transitions program has shown itself to be effective with GED completers skipping much of Developmental Education in a short time frame.  We wish to scale it to its appropriate size.

Goal Leader: David Borden, Executive Director of Adult Education

Goal 3: Increase Completion of All Attempted Courses with a 'C' or Better

Context: College students seeking an associate degree must complete a core curriculum of English, math, science, history, and other general education subjects before they take classes in their major. These gateway courses can be a significant roadblock for new college students. Professors in ACC's Faculty Coaches program analyze SSI data to provide solutions to identified learning gaps. Solutions often include revising course curriculum, adopting individualized communication tactics, and improving professional development opportunities for faculty.

Strategies (version 2.0):

  • Enhance and Institutionalize Faculty Coaches program
  • Focus and scale up Supplemental Instruction
  • Implement learning communities where appropriate
  • Implement Faculty Development office

Goal Leader: Mike Midgley, Vice President of Instruction

Goal 4: Increase Degree/Certificate Graduates and Transfer Rates

Context: Completion of college degrees and/or certificates correlates highly with significant social and economic gains for both the individual and for society. However, despite the intent by the majority of community college students to achieve these goals, completions and transfer rates remain low. Community colleges across the country have begun working strategically to increase the numbers of students who complete certificates and degrees and who transfer to universities. Increasing degree and certificate completions and increasing transfer rates is a key Student Success Initiative goal for ACC.


  • Develop recommendations for appropriate recognition of achievement milestones
  • Engage in a healthy examination of research and data to inform development of target goals and benchmarks, including success equity goals
  • Develop a plan for communication with student "clusters" (e.g., majors) in support of completion and transfer
  • Initiate longer term examination of possibilities for innovation and accelerated learning
Goal Leader: Gaye Lynn Scott, Dean of Social and Behavioral Science

Goal 5: Increase Success Equity Across All Racial/Ethnic/Gender/Income Groups

Context: The Success Equity committee seeks to maximize opportunities for educational access and success among all students, especially those who may be underrepresented.  To this end, the committee will examine disaggregated data by race, ethnicity, gender, and economic status; and develop recommendations regarding equitable priorities.

The fastest growing populations in Central Texas are the least likely to graduate high school and enroll in higher education. For the region to sustain its economic vitality, we must close the education gaps, increase graduation rates, and build a well-educated, well-trained workforce for the future.


  • Monitor SSI Goal Teams 1-4 equity strategies
  • Evaluate and strengthen MOD program
  • Collaborate with Success Equity network and Student Success division to organize collegewide success equity events, dialogue, and learning experiences
  • Organize Latino mentoring program
Goal Leader: Dr. Richard Armenta, Associate Vice President of Student Success