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Austin Community College District Association of Community College Trustees 2007 Futures Policy Commission Report and Bellwether Winning Programs September 27, 2007 College Connection Addresses Critical Issues Creating a “college-going culture” within every ISD in ACC’s Service Area

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austin community college district

Austin Community College District

Association of Community College Trustees

2007 Futures Policy Commission Report

and

Bellwether Winning Programs

September 27, 2007

college connection addresses critical issues
College Connection Addresses Critical Issues
  • Creating a “college-going culture” within every ISD in ACC’s Service Area
  • Increasing access to higher education
    • Especially for economically disadvantaged
    • Especially for minorities
college connection addresses critical issues3
College Connection Addresses Critical Issues
  • Eliminating barriers to College enrollment
    • “College” seems intimidating to many
    • All enrollment services brought to the high school
  • Forging stronger relationships between secondary and post-secondary institutions
  • Achieving “Closing the Gaps” goals for State of Texas
closing the gaps in higher education participation
“Closing the Gaps” in Higher Education Participation
  • Closing the Gaps warns that Texas must reverse alarming trends:
    • Too many high school drop-outs
    • Too few high school grads entering higher education
    • Too few high school grads “college-ready”
    • Too few minorities entering higher education
  • The Goal is to increase student enrollment in higher education by 630,000 by 2015
  • It is about ensuring a well-educated/trained workforce for economic development
college connection hallmarks
College Connection Hallmarks
  • Program is flexible
  • All services delivered at the high schools
  • Every student assisted through each step of the college admissions process
  • During ISD graduation ceremonies, seniors receive acceptance letters to ACC
    • Students can exit stage and enroll by phone or on-line
college connection sample activity grid
College Connection Sample Activity Grid

ISD District Lead: Sandra Dowdy, Assistant Superintendent, 512-386-3040, sdowdy@del-valle.k12.tx.us

Del Valle HS Lead: Jean MacInnis, Principal, 512-386-3210, jmacinnis@del-valle.k12.tx.us

Admin. Assistant: Nadene Norwood, 512-386-3211, nadene.norwood@del-valle.k12.tx.us

ACC District Lead: Mary Hensley, 223-7618, mhensley@austincc.edu

Exec. Assistant: Esther Buzard, 223-7618, ebuzard@austincc.edu

College Connection Lead: Luanne Preston, 223-7354, luanne@austincc.edu

Admin. Assistant: Laurie Clark, 223-7354, lclark2@austincc.edu Senior Count: 400

SHADE/BOLD – Required College Connection Activities

college connection diversity of participants 2006 07
College ConnectionDiversity of Participants 2006-07
  • Anglo 45%
  • African American 11%
  • Hispanic 33%
  • Asian 5%
  • Other 6%
college connection program growth
College ConnectionProgram Growth

Over 4 years:

  • 1 school district to 27 school districts
  • 2 high schools to 58 high schools
  • 400 students to 17,000+ students
the college connection program works more students enter austin community college
The College Connection Program Works: More Students Enter Austin Community College

Source: http://www.txhighereddata.org/Reports and ACC Office Of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability

college connection positively impacts other college programs
College Connection Positively Impacts Other College Programs
  • ACC Fall Enrollments
    • 38% increase first year
    • 59% increase over two years
  • Early College Start (Dual Credit) Enrollments
    • 26% increase in enrollment from ‘04 to ’05
    • 45% increase in enrollment from ’04 to ’06
    • 3,209 students enrolled Summer 2007 (record-breaking ECS enrollment)
  • Tech Prep Enrollments
    • 4,336% increase in enrollment from ‘03 to ‘06
      • 36 students in 2003-04
      • 48 students in 2004-05
      • 293 students in 2005-06
      • 1,597 students in 2006-07
college connection draws external funding
College Connection Draws External Funding
  • TG Public Benefit Grant $155,000
  • Texas Pioneer Foundation $398,188
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce$108,000
  • Round Rock ISD$18,000
  • Two Mobile Go Centers $147,218
    • Advanced Micro Devices
    • AT&T Foundation
    • College For All Texans Foundation
    • Texas Pioneer Foundation
related initiatives
Related Initiatives

Mini-College Connectionfor Adult Education

College Connection Scholarships

texas statewide college connection expansion 2007 09
Texas Statewide College Connection Expansion 2007-09
  • Ten Community Colleges Receive Two-Year $100,000 Implementation Grants
    • Alamo Community College District
    • Blinn College
    • Del Mar College
    • Houston Community College System
    • Lee College
    • Odessa College
    • Richland College
    • South Texas College
    • Tarrant County College District
    • Weatherford College
texas statewide college connection expansion 2007 0917
Texas Statewide College Connection Expansion 2007-09
  • Five Community Colleges Receive One-Year $5,000 Planning Grants
    • Cedar Valley College
    • Cisco Junior College
    • Northeast Texas Community College
    • Paris Junior College
    • Victoria College
texas statewide college connection expansion
Texas Statewide College Connection Expansion
  • Texas Community Colleges Already Adopting College Connection
  • Alamo Community College District
  • Central Texas College
  • Coastal Bend Community College
  • Del Mar Community College
  • Houston Community College District
  • Temple Community College
  • Vernon College
  • Victoria Community College
college connection lessons learned
College ConnectionLessons Learned
  • Must have strong support of College/ISD Boards and CEOs
  • Single Point-of-Contact essential
  • Must have a data collection plan
  • Must be technologically supported (planning, communication, tracking, application, enrollment)
  • Requires strong training, cross-training of staff
  • Must be heavily promoted, in multiple ways, with sustained focus
  • Must involve college faculty
austin community college college connection website
Austin Community CollegeCollege Connection Website
  • Access to scheduled activities for students, parents, and school officials
  • Calendars
  • Links to pertinent ACC and school district sites
for more information contact
For More Information Contact:

Stephen Kinslow, Ph.D.President/CEO ceo@austincc.edu512-223-7598

Mary Hensley, Ed.D.Vice President, College Support Systems and ISD Relationsmhensley@austincc.edu512-223-7618