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President’s Podcast: Higher Education Priorities for Legislative Session

President’s Podcast: Higher Education Priorities for Legislative Session
The 83rd session of the Texas Legislature is under way, and in the coming months, lawmakers will consider a number of topics important to the future of community colleges. In this President’s Podcast, Dr. Richard Rhodes is joined by Jeffrey Richard, chair of the ACC Board of Trustees, and Steve...

ACC Board Adopts $265 Million Budget

ACC Board Adopts $265 Million Budget
The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees adopted a $265 million budget for 2011-12 during its July 5 meeting. The budget balances the need to address state funding cuts against the college’s mission to expand programs and services in response to community demand. “This budget is an amazing...

PowerPoint Details Implications of Legislative Session

PowerPoint Details Implications of Legislative Session
ACC has updated its PowerPoint detailing the implications of the legislative session, including cuts in funding and how the college will respond. Please view the PowerPoint here: Implications of 82nd Legislative...

Legislative Update: Session Deadline Nears

Legislative Update: Session Deadline Nears
This update on the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature is provided by Linda Young, special assistant to the president for external affairs. With the deadline for the Session scheduled for Monday, May 30, there is no final answer yet about the budget, but we are much closer.  Early Thursday the Budget...

Legislative Update: Appropriations and Other Bills of Interest

Legislative Update: Appropriations and Other Bills of Interest
This update on the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature is provided by Linda Young, special assistant to the president for external affairs. Appropriations The Senate’s Finance Bill discussions were stalled earlier when there were not enough votes to pass the budget, with the Rainy Day Fund still a bone...

Legislative Update: Meetings with Lawmakers and More

Legislative Update: Meetings with Lawmakers and More
ACC continues to monitor developments at the Texas Capitol. While lawmakers have filed fewer bills thus far this session, there are many bills impacting community colleges. Click here to access the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) Advocates Network bill tracking feature. Members of the Board of...

State Budget Cuts: Impact on ACC

State Budget Cuts: Impact on ACC
This post has been updated with information regarding SB1. President’s Office, Spring 2011 Impact on Austin Community College District (ACC) HB1 and SB1 would both deal a serious blow to Texas community colleges and, more importantly, to economic recovery in Texas. It is counter-productive to the state’s...