The English Department welcomes you to our courses. We have an outstanding faculty and you will find that many of your classmates are also outstanding students. With a collaborative effort on the part of BOTH faculty member and student, your experience with us should be most productive and rewarding.
Our courses are intellectually challenging and require that the student is both academically and socially prepared for college-level work. Successful completion of our courses requires a student commit a significant amount of time, effort, and personal responsibility. The following is a summary of some of the requirements that are typical for a English course at Austin Community College. By providing you with this information, we hope you will be better able to assess your readiness to enroll in these courses..
1. Each English course includes a substantial reading component as well as writing assignments. Students will be expected to be familiar with the material covered in each daily assignment and to have read the appropriate sections of the text PRIOR to attending class..
2. In all classes, writing assignments are a requirement for successfully completing the course. Classes require research papers, analytical papers, and/or thought piece assignments as a substantial portion of the final grade. These assignments will be graded for form (grammar, spelling, and punctuation) as well as content. If you do not possess these necessary writing skills, we recommend you postpone taking English courses until after you have completed Writing Skills II (DEVW 1413).
3. Each instructor has attendance policies and class behavior policies to which the student must adhere. These include attending class regularly, arriving on time and staying for the entire class, regardless of other school activities and responsibilities, preparing for class by doing the required reading and assignments, and being respectful of fellow classmates and the faculty member. Any computers or electronic devices used during class time are to be used for class purposes in accordance with the instructor’s directions. All cell phones are to be turned off prior to class beginning and are not to be used during class time.
4. Since most college courses usually meet only two times per week (in some cases only once each week), the pace of each class may be more intense than what students experienced in high school where classes met five times a week. Students should be especially careful not to overload themselves by enrolling in more classes than they have the time in which to adequately study for the courses.
5. These are college courses and all students enrolled in such courses will be treated as college students regardless of the location at which the class meets. All students are protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). In compliance with FERPA, instructors will not discuss student grades, academic progress, or class attendance and participation with a student’s parents, spouse, or significant other, unless the student is present.
6. Students enrolling in Distance Learning courses will need maturity, ability, and self-discipline to successfully complete the requirements. The student will be required to do the same amount of work and the same quality of work as students enrolling in the in-class sections. Distance Learning courses are designed for mature and capable students endowed with a great degree of self-discipline and responsibility. There are many very fine students who find that their preferred learning style is classroom lecture and participation and that pedagogy better prepares them for exams. If you learn better via visual and audio means, then a classroom section will better fit your needs. Also, Distance Learning courses rely on your ability to work independently and manage your time.
In conclusion, we hope that sharing these expectations will result in a very successful and satisfying experience in your ACC English courses. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.