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Thursday, July 27, 2017

ACC Regents Vote to Phase Out Court Reporting Program

The Alvin Community College Board of Regents voted to phase out the Court Reporting program during their meeting on July 27.

The board voted 5-3 in favor of closing it after they received a comprehensive analysis on the program from staff members and heard comments from students, alumni and professionals during the May and July meetings. Courses and services will remain available for students already in the program for the two-year teachout period. The college will no longer accept new students.

The Court Reporting program started at ACC in 1975. The board’s decision came after they requested a review of the program’s status. The analysis included data trends in enrollment, revenue costs, expenses and graduation rates.

The program was phased out due to a combination of a steep decline in enrollment, graduation rates, completion rates, the number of degrees awarded, non-reimbursable contact hours and pass rates on state license exam.

For a number of years, regents have discussed the future of the Court Reporting program. The board recently asked administrators to conduct a comprehensive review of the program.

Students currently enrolled in the program will be able to continue their courses for the next two years (the end of academic year 2018/2019). Additionally, ACC has already reached out to another AAS Court Reporting program to establish an agreement where students can transfer and complete the program. Students also have the option to transfer to other institutions with Court Reporting programs.

No new students will be allowed to enroll in Court Reporting classes. New Court Reporting students who have already enrolled in Fall 2017 classes will be withdrawn and receive a refund. Students who are in-progress will be allowed to register for classes that are still needed for program completion.

The college is required to notify its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding its intent to close the program. The College notification to both agencies will also include a teach-out plan for currently enrolled students and any teach-out agreement with another institution of higher learning.

Regents Mike Pyburn, Cheryl Knape, Jody Droege, ‘Bel Sanchez and Doyle Swindell voted in favor of phasing the program out. Regents Bart DeWitt, Patty Hertenberger and Andy Tacquard voted against the measure. Regent Roger Stuksa was not present.

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