Pressed by the need for more space, ACC announces plans for a state-of-the-art campus in north central Austin. The 35-acre Northridge Campus opens in 1989, and former ACC President Dr. Thomas Hatfield’s vision of creating a multi-campus, open-admission college in every corner of the community begins to takes shape.

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Substantial enrollment growth had pushed the college’s facilities to capacity, creating the need for more campuses, and winning tax support from the district’s property owners made campus expansion possible.

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ACC president Dan Angel said the new campus would provide better access to students in the north, northwest and northeast sectors of Austin. Enrollment had reached 20,000 students in credit courses with another 8,000 to 9,000 in various non-credit and continuing education courses.

ACC Board Chair Jan Albers set a high standard for the new campus. “It is not only important that we build a campus but that we also work to provide the best possible education on this campus.”

Source: Austin American-Statesman, November 11, 1987.