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 College Completion Challenge: A Call to Action 

We affirm the need for a dramatic increase in the number of Americans with postsecondary degrees and certifications to fulfill critical state and national goals.  With the “completion agenda” as a national imperative, community colleges have an obligation to meet the challenge while holding firmly to traditional values of access, opportunity, and quality.

AACC is promoting the national goal to increase the number of students who complete degrees, certificates, and other credentials with value in the work place. AACC invites the nation’s 1,200 community colleges to join a call to action to engage community college institutions to advance 'the completion agenda' by pledging to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. The completion theme underlies all of the association’s work in 2011.

AACC and five other national organizations representing the nation's 1,200 community colleges, their governing boards, their faculty and their 11.8 million students have pledged in a statement of commitment to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. Leaders of the Association of Community College Trustees, League for Innovation, Center for Community College Student Engagement, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and Phi Theta Kappa joined AACC President Emeritus George Boggs in signing the Democracy's Colleges: Call to Action statement at AACC's national convention on April 20, 2010.

Members of AACC’s board, commissions, affiliated councils, state directors, and the Voluntary Framework of Accountability Steering Committee focused on the completion challenge at the AACC Fall Meeting in November 2010.  Discussion points from that meeting are presented in The Completion Agenda: A Call to Action.

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