Out of six nominees, Austin Community College (ACC) was selected as DivInc’s Champion of Change Program of the Year for ACC’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center planning work. The awards were held Friday, March 1, at Austin City Hall.
Carrie Gits, Highland Campus head librarian and OER specialist, at Texas Community College Teachers Association Convention, presented sessions for faculty librarians and classroom faculty supporting and teaching in Integrated Reading/Writing curriculum. Content focused on the college’s varied roles in Open Education including finding, adopting, and adapting OER to meet course learning outcomes in Developmental Education.
Charlotte Gullick, Creative Writing chair, had her piece, “This Ragged Cat is Not My Heart,” published in the Barnstorm Literary Journal.
Dr. MaryJane McReynolds, Articulation and Transfer Resources director, presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. The “San Antonio/Austin Region Transfer Collaborative: Lessons from the Field” presentation was a collaborative effort with the Alamo Colleges District and the Ohio Higher Education Department highlighting regional and statewide similarities and differences, and unique challenges to guided pathways implementation.
Clark Peterson, Virtual College of Texas program manager, was elected to the board of the Texas Distance Learning Association as Two-Year Higher Education Director. His term will begin July 1.
Karen Serna, Student Money Management Office director, co-authored an article, "Don't Txt Me L8r, Text Me Now: Exploring Community College Student Preference for Receiving a Text Message from Their Institution,” that was published in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. She also presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' RAISE Texas event in December as part of a panel on college savings to discuss the launch of the Rainy Day Savings Program, an incentivized savings program managed by the Student Money Management Office that helps ACC students prepare for an emergency.
Dr. Susan Thomason, Instructional Services associate vice president, co-presented two sessions at Achieving the Dream’s 2019 Conference with colleges from Baltimore, North Carolina and New Jersey. Both presentations focused on aspects of implementing Guided Pathways - specifically how to prepare for implementations and how to engage faculty.
League for Innovations Conference | The League for Innovation in the Community College's annual Innovations Conference is for professionals dedicated to improving and enhancing teaching and learning, leadership and management, and the community college experience. Innovations 2019 took place February 24 to 27 in New York City. The following ACC faculty and staff presented: