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General Assembly 2019

“People, Partnerships, and Pathways to Student Success”

Each year Austin Community College employees from across the district gather at General Assembly to hear key college updates. Our 2019 theme takes a look at our interconnectedness – how people and partnerships strengthen our students’ pathways to success. This event helps connect the dots between an employee’s daily work and the strategic plan of the College.

All ACC faculty and staff are invited to register and attend. Professional development credit will be awarded with supervisor approval. Those unable to attend can view a live webcast of the morning presentations on ACC’s live streaming website. A closed-captioned video will be available after the event.

If you are attending, please download the General Assembly App to access the agenda and speaker details.

Keynote Speaker: Joshua Wyner

Joshua Wyner is founder and Executive Director of the College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute, where he also serves as a Vice President. The Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Josh has spent the past two decades initiating organizations aimed at improving and equalizing educational outcomes. He has authored numerous publications about education, including a book, What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students for Success (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He has a B.A. from Vassar College, a MPA from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


7:15 am – Shuttles Begin Departing Highland Campus

8:00–9:00 am – Breakfast & Resource Fair

9:00–11:30 am – Morning Program at Austin Convention Center

Welcome & Recognitions

Board Chair Remarks: Ms. Gigi Edwards Bryant

State of the College Address: Dr. Richard Rhodes & Dr. Charles Cook

Keynote: What Excellent Community Colleges Do, Presented by Joshua Wyner, Vice President, Aspen Institute

Closing: Dr. Susan Thomason


11:30–12:30 pm – Lunch Provided to Attendees Registered for Afternoon Sessions at Austin Convention Center

Shuttles Return to Highland Campus for Attendees Returning to Work

12:30–2:00 pm – Break-Out Sessions at Austin Convention Center

2:15 pm – Adjournment & Shuttles Return to Highland Campus

ACC People, Partnerships, Pathways

Breakout Sessions

Revamping ACC’s Pathway to Transformation

In this session, presenters will facilitate a conversation about what change has looked like this far at ACC. We will then move on to show change done well. We will end the session by gathering suggestions and recommendations from the audience to improve the change management process.

Building a Culture of Communication for Guided Pathways

Attend this session to become an ACC communications champion! Learn active listening skills, engage with colleagues around current channels of communication at the college, and contribute to an enhanced culture of communication around Guided Pathways work!

Putting the Community in our Community College: Creating and Maintaining External Partnerships

In this session, outreach leaders from several areas of the college will discuss how to develop and maintain external partnerships, and how they can assist ACC employees seeking to enhance their programs with external partners.


Guided Pathways: What Role Do I Play?

It takes strong partnerships between ACC staff and faculty to create successful Guided Pathways for our students. In this session, you will discover the four pillars of Guided Pathways, see what progress we have made in improving student outcomes, and discuss ways that you can work in partnership with other departments.

Learn more about:

      • Program Maps and Transfer Pathways
      • The Areas of Study (AOS’s) and why are they important
      • The role that Advising plays in Guided Pathways
      • High-impact teaching practices to ensure that all students are learning strategies on how to support students all the way through successful completion