Board Briefs: 2016-17 tuition rates; new degree, certificate awards; Rackspace agreement

At its May 2 regular session, the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees set tuition rates for 2016-17, approved new certificate and degree awards, and discussed the ACC Highland lease agreement with Rackspace. Find meeting agendas and minutes on the Board Meetings Records webpage. View a video of the proceedings on the Board Meetings Audio & Video Recordings webpage.

New certificate, degree awards

Trustees approved a Continuing Education certificate for the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program. The seven courses currently offered in the program are at enrollment capacity.

The board also approved an Associate of Applied Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The program, launching in fall, prepares students for management careers in transportation, warehousing, distribution, inventory control, purchasing, and international logistics and includes a Level 1 certificate option for students seeking quick entry into the field.

2016-2017 tuition rates

Trustees unanimously approved previously proposed tuition and fees for 2016-17:

  • In-district and out-of-district tuition will remain unchanged at $67 per credit.
  • Mandatory fees for all students (general fee, sustainability fee, and student success fee) are unchanged.
  • Out-of-district fees will increase $56. (Out-of-district students reside outside the taxing district but within Texas.)
  • Out-of-state tuition will increase $58.

Rackspace/ACC Highland lease agreement

Trustees discussed the pending agreement with Rackspace to lease space at ACC Highland. No action was taken and negotiations remain underway. Officials with the cloud-hosting firm commended trustees and ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes for their vision and collaboration on the unique agreement. Read about the agreement at ACC and Rackspace to partner at ACC Highland.

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