Greetings TLED Team,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Teaching and Learning Excellence Division meeting yesterday. I want to especially thank Miguel DeLeon, Emile Chamoun-Farah and Balan Villanuevafor helping with the logistics and set-up for the event.  I was grateful for the opportunity to share more details about our TLED plan 2020-2025, its grounding in the framework of equity, diversity and inclusion, and its alignment with other plans of the college noting that it is all the same work.

TLED Plan - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Individual Plans. Pathways. ACC Strategic Plan. New ACC AMP. ACC Facilities Plan. THECB 60X30.
I know the most important part of the collective TLED plan is you, and your individual plan based on goals and commitment to student success. My sharing of the Japanese concept Ikigai, “A Reason for Being,” or “Your reason for getting up in the morning,” spoke to ways of approaching your individual plans based on four key questions:

Ikigai. Mission, Passion, Profession, Vocation. What you Love. What the World Needs. What you can be paid for. What you are Good at.
A sense of purpose is a key driver in our daily work. It will take each of us working together as a team to reach our goals and continue to improve student success outcomes. We are in no better place to address “what the world needs” than by working in the field of education — and particularly in a community college.

Yesterday’s agenda was purposefully prepared with presentations that followed on a Culture of Communication and the Five Languages of Appreciation as foundational to our TLED Plan goals. Shout-out and thanks to Courtney Grams, ChelseaBiggerstaff and Jeff Johannigman for leading these active and collaborative sessions and their passion for this work.

Attached you will find a copy of the DRAFT 5-yearTLED Plan. Please take some time to review and share feedback with your supervisor.  Last month I asked that supervisors send me their edits and feedback by this Friday, December 13th, but I will extend that to December 20th. The plan will be finalized in Spring 2020 and this summer we will begin aligning the goals of each Office/Area in TLED in our TracDat Planning System, and matching goals in the PEPs for all TLED employees.  Budget Process. College Plans. Finalized Summer 2020. Then TracDat. TLED Plan. TLED Units. Feedback by December 20th 2019 Spring 2020 Add to TracDat June 1st 2020. PEP. TLED Individual Plans. Update PEP July 31st 2020.

We have an amazing team of faculty and staff in TLED and I look forward to working with all of you to create the best possible teaching, learning and work environments at ACC for all to thrive.

I want to be the best….not just for me, but for my team.  #IWAKEUPFOR The IkigaiConcept Video

Thank you for being part of my Ikigai –


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Susan M. Thomason, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, TLED

Austin Community College District

5930 Middle Fiskville Rd. Austin, Texas 78752

512.223.7796 / 512.223.7667  /


Resources from our all-TLED event:

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life

Thomas Oppong

Jan 10, 2018

Ikigai: A Japanese concept to improve work and life

By Yukari Mitsuhashi

7th August 2017

Pathways Model

ACC Strategic Plan



TLED Strategic Plan 2020-2025