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 2025 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 80% Completion Rate by 2025.
Increase Completion by improving persistence, decreasing time-to-completion, and creating a comprehensive transfer/completion pathway.
A1. Retention Case Management for All Students
A2. Accelerate program time to degree (Self-Paced)
A3. Increase evening, summer, and alternative course offerings and schedules
A4. Credit for prior learning
A5. Seamless transition from AEL to college completion
B1. Simplify and align program requirements with student and workforce needs
B2. Align transfer programs into an efficient, clear, and flexible transfer degree
B3. Evaluate and reduce the course inventory to align with transfer universities
B4. Focus transfer students on a “transfer pathway”, including a holistic transfer process
Align Degrees and Certificates with Current and New Labor Market Demand by creating structured Amarillo College career pathways.
C1. Create new programs in AC communities that expand the regional labor market
C2. Use regional employment data to advise students
C3. Use regional employment data to improve program curriculum and outcomes
C4. Connect students to careers
C5. Integrate future proofing skills into community outcomes
D1. Integrate “Earn and Learn” OR work-based based learning into every AC community
D2. Build “soft skills” through work-based learning
D3. Empower employer driven advisory boards to future proof each program
D4. Develop technology innovation campus to create new industries and improve and extend current labor market
Increase Student Learning by infusing and scaling high impact teaching practices designed to align programs and courses based on competencies; improve student engagement; and, strengthen performance of student learning outcomes.
E1. Meaningful and sustained cohort-based faculty professional development
E2. Centralize and scale tutoring through multiple modalities
E3. Strengthen co-requisite delivery through multiple modalities
E4. Expand online capabilities and extend online degrees
F1. Effectively deliver co-curricular programming through multiple modalities
F2. Leverage “Coding” as a foundational requirement for all students
F3. Develop enriching experiences in honors, travel, and competition
G1. Ensure engagement with data dash boards to improve employee and division performance
G2. Utilize data dash boards for informed decision-making on services, curriculum, programs and budgets
Equitable Degree and Certificate Attainment by building inclusive systems to increase minority hiring, enrollment, and completion.
H1. Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruiting, training, evaluating, and developing employees
H2. Implement diversity, equity, inclusion and implicit bias training for all employees
H3. Build culturally responsive teaching strategies and resources
I1. Develop a college-wide definition of equity and inclusion
I2. Recruit and hire faculty that better reflects our students and community
I3. Evaluate and change policies and procedures to promote equity and inclusion
I4. Identify programs with equity gaps for data analysis, training, recruiting, and hiring
I5. Build student engagement for inclusivity through diverse student organizations
J1. Connect all campuses to all student success opportunities
J2. Build “student-parent support” services and structures
J3. Leverage co-requisite education to close remaining equity gaps
J4. Build “adult learner” focused degree pathways
Build Systems for Financial Effectiveness by creating innovative procedures supporting financial responsibility and fund-raising approaches.
K1. Improve service delivery by streamlining bureaucracy (business processes and procedures)
K2. Annually evaluate cost to educate per student
L1. Alignment of fund-raising strategy to college goals and initiatives
L2. Alignment of grants to college goals, initiatives and fundraising strategy
L3. Implement a comprehensive fund-raising campaign