ACC Faculty Values

Supporting Our Mission

Our Values

This faculty core values statement resulted from a faculty retreat in summer 2017 and 11 campus dialogue sessions in September 2017, and a faculty-wide workshop during General Assembly's afternoon break-out session in late September 2017. Following that, a committee of faculty volunteers gathered feedback and further refined the values statement and logo.

To fulfill the educational mission of Austin Community College, we, the faculty, champion the following shared values:

We support a Culture of Collaboration, Community Building and Service with our students, colleagues, and the greater community

We Advocate Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We Promote Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Empowerment

We Advance Scholarship, Learning, and the Assessment of our Work

We Support Student Success through Exemplary Teaching & Lifelong Learning

As we embody these values, we cultivate an environment of mutual trust, esteem and respect.

As a faculty we have defined each of our values with clarifying statements and examples of potential ways to envision our values in action. These examples are not inclusive of ways our faculty can demonstrate our values.


Exemplary teaching is core to student success. We strive to implement evidence-based

practices that promote active and engaged lifelong learning.


Regularly reflecting on our academic and pedagogical/andragogical approaches is

essential as we assess our work as a faculty of educators and counselors. We engage in

continual improvement in our fields of expertise and teaching in general.


Creating and guiding the learning experience is the responsibility of the faculty. We

value academic freedom as fundamental for us to be empowering agents of education.


Access, equity, and inclusion are imperative to serve the full range of our diverse

communities. We infuse culturally responsive practices in our work to honor every

individual’s potential.


Learning from each other and respecting varied viewpoints is vital to accomplishing

shared goals and is a hallmark of a healthy college. We seek civil collegiality within our

college and community.


Faculty engagement encourages student engagement and success. We actively support

our students, departments, college, and community by sharing our time and expertise.