The ACC Board of regents recognized students and staff from the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program for its 20-year anniversary. Pictured (left to right): Regent Bart DeWitt, DCVS Instructors Theresa Saenz and Suzanne Poston, students Johanna Linscomb, Joshlyn Belke, Jennifer Ciolli and Regent Jody Droege.

ACC Regents hear accreditation report

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Alvin Community College heard a presentation about the five-year interim accreditation report during their meeting on Oct. 27.

The report is part of the 10-year accreditation reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The report was completed in September and a committee with SACS/COC is currently reviewing it.

SACS/COC will issue their findings on the report in December at its annual conference.

“You learn a lot about your institution,” during the report process, ACC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Cynthia Griffith told regents. “It brings us points of pride along the way and helps us understand how we can improve.”

Accreditation reaffirmation helps provide colleges and their programs standardization and proof of academic integrity. ACC has received six accreditation reaffirmations.
The five-year report included many hours of work from multiple departments, Griffith said.

Accreditation is critical to colleges. Without it, colleges are not eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs and also have difficulty transferring their coursework to other institutions.

Griffith, interim Academic Programs Dean John Matula and Institutional Effectiveness and Research Director Dr. Pat Sanger were recognized by the board during the meeting for their work on the reaccreditation five-year report.

In other action, the board heard information on Student Success points, which is a factor in determining college performance-based funding by the state.

Student Success points are based on a variety of measures including Math, Reading and Writing readiness, the number of degrees or certificates in critical fields, the number of students who complete certain levels of semester hours and more. ACC received a total of 7,934 Success points in the 2015 fiscal year which may be considered in the funding mechanism for the next biennium.

Regents approved a set of goals for President Christal M. Albrecht for the 2016-17 year. The goals include enhancing data collection process, review of Facilities Master Plan, implantation of Second Chance Pell grants and more. The goals passed by a 6-3 vote. Those voting for the goals were regents Bart DeWitt, Jody Droege, Cheryl Knape, Mike Pyburn, ‘Bel Sanchez and Doyle Swindell. Voting against were Patricia Hertenberger, Roger Stuksa and Andy Tacquard.

Dr. Albrecht also reported to the board: a memorial fund set up in a student’s name who recently passed away, the Assessment and Care team is currently providing toiletry items for students in need, the Nursing program received additional funding through a state program as well as upcoming events on campus.

The board also:
-approved the hiring of IT Director Kelly Klimpt
-approved moving forward with possible replacement of the flagpoles on
Childress entrance pending approval of artist renderings
-heard an Access and Accountability Report
-approved grant proposals for Upward Bound and workforce training
-approved monthly financial reports
-heard report on the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography and its impact on the community for the past 20 years
-rejected resale of trust property offers