Austin CC considers participating in disparity study

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture
Thursday, October 24, 2013

A new study could soon reveal if Austin Community College and other area taxing entities hire enough minority- and women-owned businesses for contracting jobs.

The ACC board of trustees on Oct. 21 discussed whether to partially fund a disparity study that would review contracting practices of the community college, city of Austin, Travis County and Austin ISD. If approved, ACC would pay $200,000–$300,000 toward the study, said Neil Vickers, ACC vice president of budget and finance.

ACC's board-approved purchasing policy already stresses the need for hiring historically underutilized businesses, or HUBs, but laws prevent the college from establishing specific hiring quotas, Vickers said.

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