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AC President chosen to implement new graduation paths

Amarillo, TX - Amarillo College continues to shine in the spotlight as it participates in a national forum that will redefine the way students achieve success in college.

AC's President, Russell Lowery-Hart, was chosen among 24 other community college presidents in the country to participate in a discussion to create newly structured pathways for students.

Nearly a year ago, Amarillo College was given the national status as a leader college.

It's this status that allowed the school to participate in the "Achieving the Dream Symposium."

The goal of the forum is to focus on a way to keep students more engaged and on track. In order to do this, Lowery-Hart said he plans on doing away with "self-service" class schedules, and implementing a more guided pathway for students.  

"One of the things we are most excited about is this plan would help block schedule so that students would know what their schedule is for the first two years of school the moment they enroll rather than doing it semester by semester," Lowery-Hart said.

This will help students achieve a more timely graduation date, rather than acquiring unneeded credits over a period of time. Lowery-Hart also said he hopes to move 80 to 90 percent of all courses to an accelerated eight week program, rather than a 16 week course.

AC believes this will give community members who may not have time to go to school more options and availability to attend school, enhancing our communities education.

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