ACC regents approve two online degree programs
Alvin Community College regents approved two online degree programs during a regular meeting on April 28.
The two existing associate of arts degrees in General Studies and General Liberal Arts are now available with all online classes.
Approximately 1,500 students take advantage of ACC online classes, many of them in addition to their on-campus classwork.
ACC has been offering an online associate degree in management development for several years.
In other matters, board members discussed the possibility of offering an exit incentive program this year to help counter the state’s expected reduction in funding and lowering income from property taxes in the college district.
According to ACC Regent Mike Pyburn, he believes the college will be facing a $2 million to $5 million budget reduction for the next two years.
The exit incentive program is designed to provide long-time employees the opportunity to resign and receive a certain percentage of their annual salary over an approved amount of time.
The goal of such a program is to voluntarily decrease the number of employees, reassign duties and hire essential replacement personnel at a substantially lower pay grade.
“This is done when the situation is a dire one and we are in dire straits,” ACC regent ‘Bel Sanchez said.
“It sure helped us out in the 90s,” ACC board member Doyle Swindell added.
Board members asked administrators to develop more examples to determine if a program would be acceptable.
ACC President Dr. Rodney Allbright suggested that the board not make a decision until May or June when more information was known about the budget and more research was conducted on the exit incentive program.
During the meeting, regents also approved: contract with Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP, to conduct the next external audit; ACC Foundation annual report; new worker’s compensation coverage; personnel matters; financial report ending March 2011 and the check register.
The next regular ACC Board of Regents meeting will be May 26.