ACC named Bellwether finalist

Austin Community College has been named a finalist for a 2016 Bellwether award recognizing innovation in community college programs and practices.


More than 12,000 students have taken advantage of the ACCelerator since it opened in fall 2014.

The college was selected in the category of Instructional Programs & Services for the courses and academic support offered in the Highland Campus ACCelerator.

“It’s always an honor when our work is recognized by our peers,” says ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes. “But even more gratifying is the student success this represents. Since it opened in fall 2014, the ACCelerator has served more than 12,000 students and contributed to higher persistence and success rates, particularly for minorities and developmental students.”

The prestigious Bellwether honors programs that are “successfully leading community colleges into the future” and considered worthy of being replicated at other institutions. Winners and finalists are invited to join the Bellwether College Consortium.

ACC is one of 30 finalists selected from more than 1,000 submissions. The college is the only Texas institution in its category. Other award categories are Planning, Governance & Finance and Workforce Development.

Bellwether winners are announced at the Community College Futures Assembly in January.

ACC received a Bellwether in 2007 for its College Connection program.

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