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ACC Regents Hear State of College

Alvin Community College President Dr. Robert J. Exley delivered the annual State of the College report during the Board of Regents meeting on May 25.

Dr. Exley spoke about enrollment numbers have steadily increased from the previous year. He also talked about various issues that the college is facing including changing demographics, facilities maintenance, impacts of inflation and much more.

The president also spoke about the recent passage of House Bill 8 which will alter how community colleges in Texas are funded. Under the new legislation, which has been approved by both the House and Senate, the funding model will shift from being based on contact hours to be more focused on student outcomes.

Dr. Exley also shared updates about ACC’s progress on its strategic plan and meeting the requirements of the Building a Talent Strong Texas initiative, implementing new degree programs, offering Bachelor’s Degrees, improving student services as well as accreditation for healthcare programs.

ACC’s Financial Composite Index, which is a measure of the overall financial condition, is at a 7.3, which is well above the 5.3 average among Texas community colleges, Dr. Exley reported. The composite index is comprised of several factors including reserve levels, operating margin and return on net position. The index is determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

“In conclusion, the state of the college is good,” Dr. Exley told regents.

Regents also:

-approved financial services consultant contract

-approved contract for auditing services

-approved staff contract recommendations

-approved hiring of director, Student Accessibility & Counseling Services, Pathways advisor and Dual Enrollment advisor

-approved annual Title IX report

The board will have its next meeting on June 22 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center.