On Friday, August 26, 2016 the Faculty Development Office hosted the annual ACC General Assembly at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel. Over 800 faculty and staff members attended the morning session, with another 526 unique viewers on our live stream online. The morning program at the venue included a hot breakfast, three dozen exhibitor tables from internal and external representatives, and a photo booth, all before the program itself began! Shuttles were provided for those employees traveling between Highland Campus and the JW Marriott in the morning, and 263 faculty and staff utilized that green commuting option.
The morning program featured a Welcome from Christina Michura, Faculty Development Manager, Opening Remarks by Dr. Victor H. P. Villarreal, followed by Employee Association Recognitions, the Riverbats Bravo Award recipient announcement (congratulations Mauri Winters of Student Life!), and President/CEO, Dr. Richard Rhodes’ State of the College Address. In spite of a lively and unscheduled fire alarm evacuation, Dr. Rhodes reclaimed the audience’s attention after the break and got us back on track to wrap up his address and introduce our keynote, “Building Talent Pipelines” from Garrett Groves of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Mr. Groves, Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at CPPP, presented expertly on motivations for community colleges to embed guided pathways in their institutions, pairing it alongside relevant and timely data on the Texas workforce. The morning program closed with the Faculty Development Office raffling off numerous prizes to employees in attendance.
The afternoon program continued to add fun aspects to the event, by providing food trucks in the Highland Campus parking lot during lunch, and also featuring 40 professional development workshops, primarily held at the HLC and HBC. Workshop topics included marketing, leadership, diversity, technology, pedagogy, compensation, productivity, and more. Attendance at this year’s workshops increased by 6% from 2015, and our fill rate increased by 11%. Overall unique numbers of attendees in the afternoon is still be calculated.
Digital archives are included below for convenience. To learn more about General Assembly, please visit: austincc.edu/generalassembly