The Center for Public Policy & Political Studies at Austin Community College


About the CPPPS

The Center for Public Policy & Political Studies (CPPPS), housed under the Office of Community Engagement and Public Affairs, is an innovative program created to enable ACC students to gain practical experience in learning how government policies are created and executed, and to improve communications between public entities and the people they serve.

CPPPS is a non-partisan, non-profit center dedicated to expanding knowledge of, and participation in political processes and public policy for ACC students and their communities. We are committed to education, civic engagement, informed decision-making and understanding across cultures.


The Center’s mission is to enable and empower ACC students to gain knowledge and experience of, and to actively participate in varied political and policy processes that govern our city, our state and our nation.


The Center enables ACC’s students to develop a broad range of analytical and decision-making skills that they will use to understand issues of public concern. With these skills, students can pursue civic leadership and professional positions at public, non-profit, and private organizations.


Through non-biased research, faculty guidance, internships, and ambitious hands-on experiences, the Center assists students in achieving the following specific objectives:

  • Comprehending the origins and evolutions of U.S. and Texas political systems, with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas, federalism, civil liberties, and civil and human rights.
  • Understanding the evolution and current role of the U.S. in the world.
  • Recognizing and critically assessing historical evidence (documentary and statistical) that supports differing points of view.
  • Critically assessing and applying historical research to political and public policy problems.
  • Analyzing and developing creative solutions to public policy issues.
  • Assuming responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think critically, engage in public discourse, and participate in the democratic process.
  • Critically assessing politics and public policy information obtained through the news media and other information sources.
  • Identifying and understanding differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

For more information, to contribute, and/or participate, please contact CPPPS’ Director, Peck Young at:

Phone: 512-223-7069
Fax: 512-223-7208