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A Brief History of Austin Community College

In 1972, residents of Austin ISD voted to create the Austin Community College District. ACC opened its doors at its Ridgeview Campus (closed in 1988 due to structural issues) on September 17, 1973, with 177 faculty and staff, 1,726 students, and 30 academic programs. Since that time, the college has grown and expanded to serve more than 45,000 credit students within an eight-county service area.


1972 - Voters of Austin ISD establish ACC
1973 - ACC opens its doors and classes begin at Ridgeview
1975 - Rio Grande Campus opens near downtown
1978 - ACC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
1982 - ACC Board of Trustees established
1983 - ACC purchases the Austin Country Club (Riverside Campus)
1984 - Riverside Campus opens at site of old Austin Country Club
1985 - Leander ISD voters approve annexation to join taxing district
1986 - Voters approve a maximum tax base of .05 per $100
1989 - Northridge Campus opens in North Austin
1990 - Pinnacle Campus opens in Oak Hill
1991 - Cypress Creek Campus opens in Cedar Park/Leander
1998 - Manor ISD voters approve annexation to join taxing district|
1999 - Eastview Campus opens in East Austin
2003 - Voters increase ACC maximum tax rate to .09 per $100 and approve the sale of $99 million in bonds for construction of a South Austin campus
2004 - Del Valle ISD voters approve annexation to join taxing district
2005 - City of Austin voters approve "All of Austin" annexation to join taxing district. Area includes portions of Pflugerville, Round Rock, and Eanes ISD inside Austin city limits.
2006 - South Austin Campus opens
2008 - Round Rock ISD voters approve annexation to join taxing district
2010 – Round Rock Campus opens
2011 – Hays CISD and Elgin ISD voters approve annexation to join taxing district

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Mission of the College

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Related Administrative Rule: 1.01.001 Degree & Certificate Designations

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Statement of Values and Ideals

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Academic and Campus Affairs Council

The Academic and Campus Affairs Council is established to provide review on all College-wide academic issues and make recommendations on academic policies. The Council is chaired by the Executive Vice President/ Provost.

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The Austin Community College District is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Austin Community College District.

The purpose of publishing the name, address and contact numbers of Austin Community College’s primary accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, is to meet federal requirements. Publication of this information is to enable interested constituents (1) to learn about the accreditation status of Austin Community College District, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of Austin Community College District’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against Austin Community College District for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquires about Austin Community College District, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to Austin Community College District and not to the Commission’s office.

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Board of Trustees

Members of the ACC Board of Trustees are elected by the electorate of the ACC district which includes all of Austin, as well as the Leander, Manor, Del Valle, and Round Rock Independent School Districts. Members serve six year terms which are staggered so that three trustee positions become open to public vote every two years.

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for formulating public policy for the operation of the Austin Community College District. It functions as the legislative and policy-making body charged with the governance and control of activities within the College District. The formulation and adoption of written policy is the basic method by which the Board exercises its leadership in the operation of the College District. The Board delegates to the President of the College the function of specifying required actions and designing the detailed arrangements under which the College will be operated. The Board maintains and supervises the College by evaluating information and recommendations concerning implementation of its policies.

Operations of the Board are outlined in Policy Group B, sections B-1 through B-7.

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College Unity

Board Policy C-2A outlines ACC as a single college entity and states that all employees shall support that unity "by seeking what is best for the whole College rather than exclusively for a particular sector."

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Related Administrative Rule: 3.02.002 Single College Concept and related Guideline/Procedure for AR 3.02.002.

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Committee/Program Minutes

Each ACC Committee or Academic Program maintains webpages that contain information about the committee mission, the committee membership, the meeting dates, the minutes for past meetings, and agenda items for future meetings.

The Committee Name Listing (except Advisory Committees)

The Discipline Advisory Committee Listing

The Committee Identifier Listing

The Committee Chair Listing

Minutes Search

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Internal Employee Associations

Board Policy C-4 outlines the interaction between the Board of Trustees and recognized internal employee associations. Associations particularly important to faculty are the Full-Time Faculty Senate , Adjunct Faculty Association , and ACC Retiree Association.

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Related Administrative Rule: 3.04.001 Internal Employee Organizations

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Organizational Charts

College organizational charts are posted on the ACC website at: .

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Official College Publications

ACC Catalog
Admission requirements, course offerings, degree plans, academic and transfer policies, student services, and tuition and fees. Also gives general information about the college, full-time faculty, staff, and administration listings, and the academic calendar. Available online and in print. Students can get copies in the ACC Bookstore. Faculty and staff can get copies in the Campus Administrative Office.

Student Success Guide
Essential information and calendars to assist new and prospective students with schedule planning, registration, and tuition payment. Includes tips for students attempting to navigate the college system for the first time. Available online and in print. Copies are available in the campus Student Services area.

ACC Board Policies
A source of policies approved by the Board of Trustees. Available online.

Board Agendas 
Background information, resource personnel, and recommendations for each item submitted to the Board of Trustees for consideration. Available online and in print. Distributed by the President's Office and available for reference in each campus Library.

Fact Book
Statistical information on such topics as enrollment figures, college curricula, student characteristics, budget and finance, and faculty and staff. Compiled by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability. Available online and in print. Copies available in the library.

Faculty/Staff Directory
Database of all personnel included on the College Staffing Table (as well as grant employees). Available online.

Faculty Handbook
Information pertaining to full-time and adjunct faculty. It provides general information about college policy, procedures, services for faculty and faculty responsibilities. Available online.

Information you Need to Know
Reviews programs, services, policies and procedures governing students.


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State Regulatory Agency

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), is a statutory 9-member board appointed by the Governor. State funding appropriated by the Legislature for academic programs is administered by the Board. It reviews and approves degree programs, and is responsible for statewide planning and policy-making to assure quality and efficiency in Texas higher education.

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