By | September 16, 2021
 
Senate Standard 3.3
Many of you returned to campus this week for the first time since March of 2020. I heard wonderful stories of people finally getting to meet new colleagues in person and fighting back hugs with their reunited colleagues. If you returned, I hope that it went smoothly. If there were bumps in the road, please send any concerns or suggestions my way (use that Contact us! button at the bottom of this newsletter) and I will do all that I can to help. The Spring 2022 semester draws ever closer. Look for a survey opportunity next week to gather your thoughts about S22.As always, until next time, stay safe!~SamanthaSamantha Croft, Ph.D.scroft@austincc.edu
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Would you support a vaccine mandate for students and employees at ACC?  Click here to vote!
Newsworthy Information
Last Call for General Assembly In-Person RegistrationEach fall semester, Austin Community College (ACC) employees from across the district gather at General Assembly to hear key College updates, celebrate success, and help us reflect on our work. This event helps connect the dots between an employee’s daily work and the strategic plan of the College. This year’s theme, “Light Your Fire,” focuses on the role that creating purpose and belonging play in student success and our personal and professional growth.General Assembly 2021 has both online and in-person options. All ACC faculty and staff are invited to participate. Employees who attend in person must register by September 17th.Learn More: austincc.edu/generalassembly
Voting for ACC’s 2022 QEP is open September 14th- 23rdThe QEP Topic Selection Committee has been working hard since February 2021 to review submitted QEP Topics. They’ve narrowed down the list to four topics that will help us fulfill requirements for our SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) decennial reaffirmation. The QEP will be a five-year project that supports student success and/or student learning. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! It is time for you to help us select the QEP topic for the entire ACC Community. Go to https://www.austincc.edu/qep to access the voting form. 
COVID cases in Dual Credit Classes on high school campusesIf you are an instructor who teaches an ACC class on a high school campus, please keep your department chair updated on any COVID positive cases in your class. This will assist in COVID tracking for each ACC class on high school campuses.
The Faculty Senate wants to hear from you!Email us any topics you would like discussed at a Faculty Senate meeting by clicking on the Contact Us! Button at the bottom of this newsletter. The next meeting is Friday, October 8th, from noon to 1:30 pm.
In Case You Missed It
First Day / Inclusive Access deadline is Friday, September 24thFirst Day is a program that enhances the learning experience and provides affordable access to the correct course material. Students receive digital versions of the textbook and, potentially, additional educational resources such as workbooks, problem sets, tutorials, video, simulations, and interactive software, and benefit from single sign-on access with no codes required in Blackboard. In addition, Austin Community College includes the discounted price as a course fee in registration fees for the course.To submit First Day/Inclusive Access course materials, complete this Google Form
Fall 2021 Faculty On Campus Testing InformationThe ACC Instructional Testing Centers sent out some updated information about on-campus testing this semester.Read this important information here.
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