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 Purpose and Organization 

Statement of Purpose:

The Coalition of Affiliated Councils (COAC) is constituted to promote communication, cooperation and collaboration among the leadership of the Affiliated Councils and between the Affiliated Councils and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The COAC brings together the resources and expertise of varied professional groups who work in the community college in order to support AACC activities and initiatives.

Organizational Structure:

Membership in the Coalition of Affiliated Councils is open to any recognized council of the AACC. The COAC is a freely-associating cooperative of the duly elected or appointed representatives of the recognized AACC affiliated councils. Duly elected chairs and chairs-elect (or other designated representatives) are automatically eligible to participate in the activities and work of the COAC.

Each recognized council will appoint one individual to serve as the central contact for the council and to serve as its voting representative. The COAC shall select a chair, chair-elect and recorder/secretary in order to facilitate group activities and meetings.


  1. To share and network in order to improve the effectiveness of each council.
  2. To enter into collaborative ventures in pursuit of common goals and agendas among councils.
  3. To serve as a key resource to the AACC Board of Directors in the development of AACC policy.
  4. To articulate council needs, issues and activities to AACC staff and Board of Directors.
  5. To assist AACC staff in planning/preparing the annual AACC Convention.
  6. To help AACC develop working agendas for the community college and assist in pursuit of those agendas.
  7. To extend AACC’s voice of advocacy for community colleges.

Meetings of the Council:

The COAC shall meet twice annually at the AACC Annual Convention and at their annual meeting held in the fall of every year in conjunction with the AACC Commissions and AACC Board of Directors.

Where written notice has been duly given, representatives of COAC member councils shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Each council shall be entitled to one vote by its representative or designee. An absentee member may authorize the chair to cast a proxy in his or her absence by sending a written statement to vote on specific or all issues.

Approved by the AACC Board of Directors, April 20, 2013


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