Well done

ACC regents recognized lead English instructor Leigh Ann Moore during their Nov. 21 meeting after she won the Susan Faulkner Excellence in Teaching Award from the Two-Year College English Association. Joining her are regents Patty Hertenberger, left, and Jody Droege, right.

The Alvin Community College Board of Regents voted to adjust student tuition and fees during their meeting Nov. 21.

Under the changes, tuition per credit hour will increase from $46 to $47 for students who live in district and from $92 to $94 for those who live outside the district. Even with the increase, the college remains the third lowest rate for six Gulf Coast community colleges.

The increase will take effect in fall of 2020 and is the first increase since 2017.

“We’re pleased with our fiscal situation that we can keep tuition at a reasonable level,” Board Chair Mike Pyburn said. “We want to keep it as low as we can to remain accessible to as many students as possible.”

There were also decreases and increases in certain fees that applied to specific programs.

In other action, regents approved a set of core value statements for the college. The statement includes the acronym CARES for Community Asset, Accountable, Responsive, Excellence and Student-centered.

The statements were developed through focus groups, meetings and a survey and included input from faculty, students, staff and members of the community. The core value statements help in defining  the college’s purpose and serves to accompany the mission and vision statements for ACC.

“The development of our core values statements was an exciting and inclusive process,” ACC President Christal M. Albrecht said. “I deeply appreciate the participation of the ACC board, the ACC Foundation, our Community Advisory Committee and all of the faculty, staff and students who participated in the process. I love that the core values acronym, CARES, represents how we feel about our mission as a college.”

Institutional Effectiveness and Research director Pam Shefman also presented the annual data report to the regents. Shefman noted that as the Fall 2019 semester was the highest enrollment ever, the number of students had increased at all locations including the ACC main campus.

Regents also:

-approved a contract to construct a new elevator

-heard a presentation regarding president goals

-heard a presentation on a compensation study

-heard an update on accreditation reaffirmation

-received the annual college data report

-approved resolution to cast votes for Brazoria County Appraisal District representative

-approved hiring of biology, math and health information management instructors

-approved hiring of Police Chief Brian Allen

-approved monthly financial reports

The board will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Nolan Ryan Center.

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