Students often have to make multiple trips to an ACC campus prior to registering for classes. They are unable to determine whether assessment was necessary or how to provide the appropriate documents to determine their Texas Success Initiative status. In addition, advisors needed a consistent instructional model to reinforce independent registration rather than having students assume that someone would register them for classes.
ACC 101 was developed as a project for Student Services and was launched in Fall 2006. It was designed as a web based pre-advising session for students new to Austin Community College. The intent of the design was to have interactive modules that would provide information concerning the application and registration process appropriate to the diverse populations accessing ACC. By creating an electronic folder system, the prospective student would have a check list of things completed and not completed prior to meeting with an ACC advisor/counselor. In 2011, ACC 101 was redesigned and expanded to be part of ACC Nexus.Outcomes:
A survey is gathered and reviewed annually by the ACC 101 committee. For the most part the comments have been very positive. Several responses came from students who self identified a learning disability and have praised ACC 101 for allowing them an on-line method of getting information and not having to attend a live orientation which is viewed as intimidating. Many students comment on how they wished that other institutions that they have attended would have provided them with a program like ACC 101.
Other ACC departments have also benefited from this resource. Help Desk staff, Early College Start, and College Connection staff regularly refer to ACC 101 as a tool to assist first time students with the questions that they have concerning accessing ACC credit classes. 90% of students surveyed indicate a positive response to the ACC 101 module.
IDS can help in the design and development of department-wide websites at Austin Community College. The Jewelry, Welding, Fashion Design, and Career Services departmental websites were all created with the assistance of an IDS Multimedia Developer.
The ACC Student Success Initiative is an institutional commitment to enhance learning and success for all students regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race or socio-economic status. IDS worked closely with the SSI Committee to design the informational website.