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Community Engagement and Public Affairs

RN to BSN Advocacy

Congratulations to everyone who helped pass Senate Bill 2118, which will allow well-qualified community colleges to offer certain bachelor's degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

It was truly a community-wide effort that will help transform our future healthcare workforce for the better.

ACC has already begun exploring the accreditation process so that we can offer working nurses in our community an RN-to-BSN pathway as soon as possible.

Economic Impact

External research consistently shows that programs and services offered by community colleges bring an impressive return on investment. The following points are taken from various reports and findings.

Annexation by Election Amendment (HB 2221)

Texas Education Code, Section §A130.065

(a) On presentation to the governing board of a junior college district of [If the annexation is by election,] a petition proposing the annexation of territory to the district, the governing board may call an election on the question of annexing the territory. The petition must:

(1) contain an accurate description of the territory proposed for annexation; and

Annexation by Election Statute

Texas Education Code, Section §130.065

(a) On presentation to the governing board of a junior college district of a petition proposing the annexation of territory to the district, the governing board may call an election on the question of annexing the territory. The petition must:

(1) contain an accurate description of the territory proposed for annexation; and

ACC Taxes

Funding Overview

Community colleges are funded differently than public four-year colleges and universities. There are three primary sources of revenue to community colleges:

  • Student tuition & fees
  • State funding
  • Property taxes

Community colleges are the only public institutions of higher education that construct and maintain campus facilities without state funding assistance. Local community colleges have taxing authority for this purpose.

In-District Property Taxes

Annexation by Election

Under Texas statutes, Austin Community College can expand its taxing district through annexation of territory that lies within the college's designated service area. Annexation most commonly occurs through "annexation by election." This is when residents of a service area community – often a school district but can be a city or a county as well – petition ACC to join the college taxing district. The Board of Trustees considers the petition and, if approved, calls for an annexation election in the community so voters there can decide on the proposal.

Campaign Limits

Campaign Limits

State law prohibits the ACC District from using financial, staff, or other resources to advocate for or against any candidate or initiative. All electioneering, including petition gathering, is conducted by the local community, usually by political action committees and other community organizations that are separate and independent of the college.

Annexation

Annexation is a process set out in the Texas Education Code through which community colleges expand their taxing districts through annexation of territory that lies within their state-designated service area. It most commonly occurs through "annexation by election."

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