FAQs

  • Why does ACC need an Academic Master Plan (AMP)?
    • Austin Community College (ACC)'s vision is that the district will be recognized as the region's "preferred gateway to higher education and training, and as the catalyst for social equity, economic development, and personal enrichment." To achieve this vision, we must engage our internal and external constituencies in robust conversations about the programs, services, technologies, partnerships, personnel, and facilities that we provide. These resources must be planned, funded, coordinated, and deployed effectively to ensure they meet documented needs and result in the best possible outcomes in terms of student and community success. While the College is currently engaged in conversations with Regional Advisory Committees about future community and facility needs, it must also provide an Academic Master Plan containing data about demographic and workforce trends as well as the latest research into effective teaching and learning practices. 

  • Who at the college makes the AMP decisions?
    • All members of the College constituencies have a role to play in terms of their function and expertise. All faculty and staff are invited to participate as members of one of the College's ten Areas of Study to make proposals for College initiatives. A broad-based Steering Committee will review Area of Study proposals, consider college-wide needs, and make recommendations to an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will make the final report to the College Board of Trustees who have ultimate responsibility over which proposals/initiatives will be funded. 

  • How does the AMP fit into the college’s Strategic Plan?
    • The AMP should be considered a companion document to the College's Strategic Plan. All AMP proposals must indicate how they support "strategic themes" outlined in the planning documents.

      Whereas the Strategic Plan (2017-2021) already contains most of the programs and activities currently underway at the College, the AMP (2020-2025) is looking for bold ideas and suggestions as to what's next? What will take us to the next level in terms of student success?

  • Why should I participate if I was unhappy with the results of the last AMP?
    • In conversations with Faculty Senate President Missi Patterson, she relayed that some faculty were disappointed with the last AMP, feeling that final decisions were "top-down," that only some recommendations were executed, and that no explanations were offered as to why other recommendations were not implemented. 

      The Provost Office has requested that the Faculty Senate compile a concise list of the major recommendations it felt were neglected by the last AMP so that they might be considered in the new AMP. It must be recognized, however, that the AMP will not provide "everything to everybody." That is one of the reasons why the AMP will look to members of ten areas of study as opposed to hundreds of different departments to work together and help validate those proposals which will have the greatest impact for our students. Finally, the current AMP process will require that feedback be provided on all proposals.

  • How do I participate in the AMP planning meetings?
    • All Areas of Study Team Meetings are open to ACC employees. An RSVP is requested due to space constraints at some venues. To view the schedule and register to attend, visit the Timeline on the AMP website. RSVP links will display once available

  • What if I have a comment or questions?
    • ACC is interested in input from all stakeholders. Key planning considerations can be found on the Process webpage. You can let us know your thoughts or questions by leaving us a comment. The Steering Committee will review input and common questions will be added to FAQs.