Executive Summary

Executive Summary

The mission of Alvin Community College (ACC) is to "improve the lives of its constituents by providing affordable, accessible, high quality and innovative academic, technical and cultural educational opportunities for the diverse communities it serves."

ACC enrolls nearly 6,000 undergraduate students, who pursue their academic paths in 65 areas of study (including majors, technical programs, pre-professional programs, and other areas). ACC consistently strives to ensure that the educational opportunities provided are reinforced by services that support student success.  

Through best practices, ACC will increase student success by case-management advising in collaboration with faculty mentors. The College's QEP strives to improve the environment for student learning and student success by improving the quality of the advising experience for students. ACC has integrated our QEP with initiatives across the ACC campus with the goals of: 

  • Providing case-managed advising throughout a student's career at ACC. 
  • Improving connections with faculty and students through targeted engagement activities. 
  • Improving student success through students’ selection of their academic or technical path at the onset of their ACC career and on-going support by advising and faculty.  

Historically, academic advising has been responsive to students on an on-call basis. ACC is evolving and recognized ongoing issues with various aspects of the advising process and is moving to a holistic approach to advising, encompassing all aspects of the student experience. Our QEP maintains the primary advising role with our advising staff at entry. As they designate their major, students will be encouraged to “Find their Path” by engaging with career services and the Career Coach assessment in tandem with their first advising appointment. From the major designation, students are assigned a specific pathway advisor who is partnered with the same pathway faculty mentor. The student will be supported by this team as they complete coursework. Advisors have specific touchpoints with their assigned students while faculty mentors facilitate meaningful experiences that align with the pathway the student has chosen. These intentional interactions will support improved connections while improving student success for all ACC students.  


For more information, please contact:

Pamelyn Shefman, Ph.D., Executive Director IER
pshefman@alvincollege.edu