Amarillo College is committed to the future of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle. As an institution our mission is to enrich the lives of our students and community by helping learners identify an educational pathway that will ultimately lead to success in life. Amarillo and the surrounding communities will thrive through this commitment to student success as we develop and educate the future workforce.
No Excuses 2020 is our commitment to every one of our students. From the time that they begin their educational journey, students will experience an equitable and affordable environment where they can develop skills to meet labor market demands or prepare for a smooth transfer to a 4-year institution.
The strategic plan outlines five goals which all focus on student completion. Our vision is to ensure a 70% Completion Rate by 2020.
Completion is at the heart of every initiative here at Amarillo College. Our goal is to create programs that will serve to improve persistence of our students. Further, we are committed to increasing the number of students who complete a certificate, degree, and/or transfer to a 4-year institution; while focusing on decreasing the time it takes to complete a degree.
Accountability for student success
Exercise a data-driven approach to improve key student success metrics
Systemize a team-based approach to problem-solving and enhancing key student success metrics
Implement a drop-rate reduction and expanded early alert initiative
D1. Centralize, accelerate, block and contextualize developmental education and its advising system
Deadline: D1. September 2016
Committee Responsible: Dev Ed Council
Align degrees and certificates with Labor Market Demand
Action: Align All HB5 Endorsements with AC Career Pathways
As the labor market changes and grows, Amarillo College is prepared to ensure the strength of the job market in the Texas Panhandle by creating students who are top performers in their field. This means that our programs are aligned to a Career Pathway which gives students a clear plan of study. Additionally, we are continually investing in our programs to guarantee their quality and saying ahead of national trends.
Intentionally Focus Programs for quality, productivity, and viability
Align all degrees with HB5 endorsement areas
Intentional and purposeful program review
Align programs with labor market demand and endorsement areas
G1. Create a transfer degree with an intentional, focused and intrusive advising structure
Revised Deadline: January 2016 – revised to Fall 2017
Responsible Committee: Completion Committee
Action: Infuse and Scale High Impact Practices
The classroom experience is key to a student’s performance. Research in student learning shows that a blend of learner-centered and active learning pedagogy techniques both improve student mastery of content and keeps the student engaged with course curriculum. Our faculty are committed to continual development of pedagogies to improve student learning.
Enhance the use of learner-centered pedagogy and high impact practices across the curriculum
Offer a series of faculty development workshops on learning centered pedagogy and high impact practices
Revise faculty performance review to include use of learner-centered pedagogies and high impact practices
Create faculty fellows to mentor other faculty in learner centered pedagogies and high impact practices
Develop international experiences linked to program outcomes
B1. Implement degree mapping technology for student use
Deadline: B1.January 2016 pilot, February 2016 all-in – revised to Fall 2017
Committee Responsible: Completion Committee
B2. Create Learning Communities with attached support structures, including intrusive advising.
Deadline: B2 May 2016 – revised to Fall 2017
Committee Responsible: Completion Committee
Action: Build Systems for Equity Gains
At Amarillo College, we believe that everyone should have access to a quality education. To this point, we are continually strengthening our efforts to enroll, advise, and encourage completion for students of all populations. In order to accomplish this point, we are working to connect students to resources that will help in their success, establish policies to eliminate poverty barriers, and create an inclusive environment for the entire family.
Redesign courses for equity gains
Develop faculty to address achievement gaps
implement adapted learning approaches based on individual learning profiles