Austin Community College Spring 2022 Commencement event on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

Strategic Plan

Dedicated to Every Student’s Success

Where will Austin Community College be in 2030 | ACC will be among the premier colleges in the nation — a leader in closing equity gaps, increasing student completion rates, and putting students on guided pathways to reach their educational and career goals. The college’s Strategic Plan is our guide to achieve this vision.

What is the Strategic Plan | ACC’s Strategic Plan is a comprehensive plan that sets the agenda for the next three to five years as we build upon our work to achieve equity in higher education. Developed in collaboration with our community, ACC’s Strategic Plan includes four overarching goals that align with ACC’s focus on student success. The Strategic Plan provides clear targets to measure our ability to serve students and help all areas of the college remain focused on developing strategies to reach common goals and improve student success. When our students succeed, lives improve, the workforce is stronger, and our community thrives.

Planning Next Steps | The college’s current Strategic Plan (linked below) was originally scheduled to end on December 2021. However, due to the pandemic and the resulting shifts in the way we teach and learn, the ACC Board of Trustees approved an extension to the plan to allow time for the college to evaluate long-term impacts of the pandemic and identify lasting solutions. The current Strategic Plan will now end on August 31, 2023. A new Strategic Plan will begin September 1, 2023. Work to develop ACC’s next Strategic Plan launched in fall 2022. Learn more about strategic planning.

2017-2021 Strategic Plan


1. Equity & Access

Increase annual unduplicated enrollment at ACC to 85,000 students by 2030 through equity focused connection and entry processes.

  1. Support all ACC students in achieving their educational goals by identifying and removing barriers.
  2. Attract a diverse student population by ensuring that marketing, recruitment, and enrollment strategies are equitable, and designed to support student access and success.
  3. Develop partnerships that provide equitable opportunities for high school students.
  4. Ensure instructional programs, academic support, and student support initiatives are designed to serve a diverse student population.
  5. Advance diversity, inclusiveness, equity, and social justice through internal and external communication, collaboration, and practices.
  6. Ensure accountability through active and continuous analysis of data on equity and access.

2. Persistence & Engagement

Develop an equitable and inclusive learning and student support environment that increases fall-to-fall persistence rates to 58 percent for all students.

  1. Continually improve instructional programs with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.
  2. Provide equity focused student services support that address the diverse financial, social, and personal needs of all students.
  3. Develop learning environments that encourage equity and inclusion and increase diverse student engagement.
  4. Create an environment of excellence, equity and inclusion for all faculty, staff and administrators.

3. Completion & Transition to Employment/Transfer

Achieve equitable results in completion and increase annual credential awards to 15,000 by 2030 to improve transfer and employment outcomes for all ACC students.

  1. Increase credential attainment and close gaps for underrepresented students enrolled at ACC.
  2. Provide services/resources to address barriers to transfer so that all students may pursue baccalaureate options.
  3. Provide career services to students to increase equitable employment and facilitate their transition to the workplace.
  4. Increase collaboration with community, government and industry partners, who appreciate and encourage diversity to advance inclusiveness in the regional economy and community.

4. Effective & Efficient Operations and Infrastructure

To ensure an organizational environment that promotes equitable student and employee success through effective and efficient operations and infrastructure.

  1. Improve communications for all stakeholders.
  2. Formalize selection and integration of end-to-end technology processes and solutions.
  3. Develop comprehensive and equitable human resource management programs.
  4. Optimize operating efficiencies and effectiveness.
  5. Enhance the learning and working environment with equitable and accessible facilities.
  6. Increase collaboration with service providers who appreciate and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in their business practices.

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  • ACC 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

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  • Strategic Plan Dashboards

  • Current information regarding where ACC is currently trending for each of the goals in the Strategic Plan.

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  • Contact

  • Dr. Mary Harris
    Vice Chancellor, Institutional Effectiveness & Grant Development
    [email protected]

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