Dr. Jill Biden praises ACC in national speech

Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden praised Austin Community College, the ACCelerator learning lab, and the college’s MATD 0421 math class during a recent appearance with President Barack Obama promoting the president’s free community college initiative.

In her remarks at Macomb Community College September 9, Dr. Biden, a community college professor, spoke about her visit to the ACCelerator earlier this year and ACC’s innovative approach to developmental math.

View the video of Dr. Biden’s remarks.

Biden ACCelerator math demo

Dr. Jill Biden visited the ACCelerator in March.

“I’m always impressed how community colleges use new technology to increase student success,” she told the group. “When I visited Austin Community College in Texas, I saw one of the nation’s largest learning labs… and I had the opportunity to meet with students who were taking an innovative developmental math course.” She added, “One student told me she’d never considered herself a math person until taking this course. Now, she wants to become a math teacher to help other students overcome their own struggles and find success. This is what community colleges are all about. They have the flexibility to adapt and meet students’ needs.”

ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes commended the efforts of students, faculty, and staff in earning the recognition.

“We’re seeing promising results with the ACCelerator and MATD 0421,” he said. “We’re honored that others, including Dr. Biden, are taking note as well. “Given that student success is central to our mission, it makes us enormously proud to be cited as an example for others.”


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