ACC Regents approve strategic plan

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Alvin Community College Regents approved the five year strategic plan during their meeting on Nov. 19.

The strategic plan will be implemented throughout 2016 to 2021. It includes six breakthrough goals: become an evidence-based, data–driven organization to improve efficiency and increase student achievement; develop a facility on the West Side of the ACC district and address faculty and technology needs for the existing campus; develop branding that is an effective representation of the college and its mission; develop programs and partnerships to meet job market demands; efficiently allocate revenues and strengthen human resources to create a staff that embraces change, supports open communication and provides for ongoing development.

The plan was drafted by the Collaborative Brain Trust firm in conjunction with the Strategic Plannign Steering Committee after they met with ACC administration, faculty, staff, business and industry partners, area school districts, colleges and universities as well as the community to address the future needs of students at ACC. Educational institutions utilize “breakthrough strategies” to deal with change whether it’s population growth, legal adjustments or funding issues.

The college has appointed accountable management leaders and accountable executives from the college who will ensure that the goals will be implemented.

In other action, regents received a report on the pass rates of graduates from various programs including: Associate Degree Nursing, Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography, Massage Therapy, Law Enforcement Academy and more. The college had an overall pass rate of 99.43 percent in 2013, the most recent data available. The college’s overall rate was 10 points higher than the state average of 89.2 percent.

Also during the meeting, regents rejected a tax abatement proposal by a vote of 5-4 from INEOS, which is looking to construct a $460 million linear alpha olefins (LAO) plant along Chocolate Bayou.

The $4 million abatement would have been for 100 percent of the property taxes over the course of seven years.

Regents voting against the abatement included: James DeWitt, Pete Nash, Mike Pyburn, Karlis Ercums and Mac Barrow. Those who voted it for it are: Jody Droege, ‘Bel Sanchez, Cheryl Knape and Doyle Swindell.

The board also approved:

-fee adjustments for the 2016-17 fiscal year

-purchase of sonography equipment

-casting votes for the Appraisal District Board of Directors

-2015-16 fiscal year budget amendment

-application to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Recreation Trails Grant program

The board will have its next meeting on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3600 or visit

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