Help shape ACC’s future: Apply to Futures Institute by May 22

Austin Community College faculty and staff are invited to apply to participate in a new group that will examine ways to redesign college programs and services to better support students’ on-time completion.

The ACC Futures Institute will explore how student intake processes, advising and support services, success courses, co-curricular activities, and more can be adapted according to “guided pathways.” Students would be provided a clear, structured roadmap for identifying the program of study and classes most suited to their academic and career goals, potentially saving them time and money.

“Participants in the institute will work closely with leaders and administrators to shape the future of our college,” says Dr. Charles Cook, ACC executive vice president and provost. “One purpose of the institute is to generate broad discussion among the folks who will be most impacted.”

Full-time and adjunct faculty and full-time staff may apply with supervisor approval. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.

A selection committee comprising faculty, staff, and administrators will choose institute candidates. Dr. Cook will make the final appointments after consulting with association presidents. Selected members will be notified by June 15.

In the fall, institute members will conduct research, make presentations, gather input internally and from other colleges, and report findings. In spring 2016, members will work with faculty, staff, and administrators to look at how guided pathways could be implemented for fall 2016.

Full-time faculty members will receive six credit hours of release time, and adjunct faculty will be provided an equivalent stipend pending HR approval. Staff participants will receive release time or a stipend.

To apply

For more details or an application, see the Futures Institute webpage.

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