ACC meets demand for more accelerated classes

With increasing demand for accelerated classes, Austin Community College is expanding short-session classes on the fall schedule.

Traditional courses run 16 weeks, the entire length of the fall semester. Short-session classes may run eight or 12 weeks. Students spend the same total time in the classroom as those in traditional courses and cover the same curriculum, making short-session classes more intensive.

“The shorter semester gives some students more flexibility to fit college into their life, and the faster pace is especially appealing for those interested in learning a specific skill for career advancement,” says Dr. Charles Cook, ACC provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “However, accelerated courses are not easy, and students must manage their time well. Students should talk to an adviser about the best option for them.”

ACC is expanding short-session offerings in core curriculum subjects such as math, English, history, government, and arts and humanities. Additional accelerated classes include business studies, computer science, and applied technologies.

Like 16-week courses, accelerated classes are offered online and on campus, with availability on days, evenings, and weekends.

This Fall’s 12-week classes begin September 22; registration continues through September 17. The eight-week session begins October 20, with registration open through October 15.

For more information on short-session classes and to view course offerings, visit the ACC website. The Student Recruitment Office offers additional assistance for getting started at ACC; prospective students can call 512.223.7701 or visit

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