Voters in the Austin Independent School District vote to create Austin Community College. ACC would be governed by the AISD Board of Trustees, who set forth a goal to make higher education available to everyone.

A Look Back…

On Saturday, December 9, 1972, Austin voters said “Yes” to a new community college. Three times, in 1963, 1965, and 1968, voters had scuttled plans for a tax-supported college. But this time the results were different. Funding would come mostly from the state, through the Texas College System Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and from student tuition and fees.

The Austin American-Statesman had covered three earlier efforts to create a tax-supported junior/community college in Austin, all of which had failed. Now the newspaper’s editorial board endorsed the creation of a community college as an adjunct to AISD.