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 AACC Letter 

November 1, 2016 | Issue #863

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. SAY #PELLYES TO YEAR-ROUND PELL
Now is the time to tell your Congressional representatives to reinstate year-round Pell grants. AACC has developed resources to help you do this.
AACC Contact: David Baime

2. FAFSA RENEWAL E-MAIL CAMPAIGN
The Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education, has typically provided FAFSA renewal reminder e-mails to eligible students in January–February of each year. With the changes to the 2017–18 FAFSA, the office will conduct two separate FAFSA email campaigns: October–December 2016, and January 2017. Click here for more information. 
AACC Contact: Jolanta (J.J.) Juszkiewicz 

PROGRAM INITIATIVES

3. DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR THE AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
The AACC Awards of Excellence nomination deadline has been extended to November 30. Submit nominations in the following categories: Advancing Diversity, Community College Safety Planning and Leadership, Exemplary CEO/Board, Faculty Innovation, Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership, and Student Success. Winners will be announced at the AACC Annual Convention.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

4. “SOLVING PROBLEMS IN A TECHNOLOGY-RICH WORLD”
In the digital economy, people are not rewarded for what they know, but for what they can do with what they know. That’s what Andreas Schleicher has concluded from analyzing voluminous international data. And numeracy skills are the best predictor of individuals’ productivity. Learn more in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matthew Dembicki

5. “HELP WITH A HEAVY LIFT”
State Student Success Centers are supporting community colleges in many ways - and creating guided pathways is one. Read about it in the October/November digital Community College Journal. All staff at AACC member institutions have access to the digital Journal with a simple log-in.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

6. “HEALTH CARE TRAINING MOVES CLOSER TO HOME”
For some students, college selection comes down to location, location, location. But what happens if the program you want to study isn’t offered at that location? One college is adding allied health training to a satellite campus. Get the information at the 21st Century Center
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

RESOURCES

7. 150 AND COUNTING
The College Promise Campaign just issued its first annual report. Since its inception, the College Promise Campaign has witnessed a tremendous growth in the number of Promise programs. About 85 of the more than 150 Promise programs across the country are locally based. The College Promise Campaign is not only working to expand the number of Promise programs, but also to look at what’s needed to sustain these programs. The campaign has been working with a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania to develop a database about the Promise programs.
AACC Contact: Martha Parham

8. DO YOU HAVE A DIVERSITY PLAN?
AACC will offer a free webinar on Monday, November 14, 3:00–4:15 p.m. (ET). The topic is Creating a 21st Century Strategic Diversity Plan for Your Community College. Register and get more information online.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

EVENTS and SERVICES

9. REGISTER FOR THE AACC ANNUAL CONVENTION
Registration is now open for the 97th Annual AACC Convention. Don’t miss out on one of the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders. The theme is “Community Colleges: America’s North Star.” Join us in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 22–25, 2017. Early-bird registration ends January 27.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

10. WDI INSPIRES INNOVATION
Register now for the 2017 Workforce Development Institute (WDI). WDI is a pre-eminent opportunity for in-depth exchanges and networking for economic and workforce leaders at community colleges and their partners. It will be held January 25–28 in Newport Beach, California.
AACC Contact: Jen Worth 

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

11. ASPEN PRESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP
The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success, while maintaining broad access. The year-long fellowship includes three on-campus residential seminars plus structured mentoring for applied learning and strategic planning at home institutions. Application materials for the 2017-18 class are due by December 23, 2016.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

12. SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT STUDY ABROAD
The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now open. Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests. The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad. Informational webinars are being held to help applicants. Deadline to apply: February 9, 2017.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler

11. BECOME A PEER REVIEWER
The U.S. Department of Education is in the process of recruiting peer reviewers to evaluate grant applications submitted for FY 2017 Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science programs. Interested? Complete the prerequisites online by October 12. 
AACC Contact: Martha Parham  

12. ARE YOU ELEVATING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD? 
The Community College Embedded Institute (CCEI) will be held April 6-8, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, as part of the annual Continuums of Service conference. Community college faculty, staff, and administrators are strongly encouraged to submit a concurrent session proposal on service learning and community engagement for the CCEI track. Deadline for submission: October 14, 2016.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian   

13. DOS SEEKS FEEDBACK
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is considering whether or not to re-post a list of authorized J-1 visa sponsors that it has sanctioned in some way. To help it make that decision, DOS is gathering feedback from the field in the form of a survey and asking all J-1 visa sponsors to complete it. The deadline to submit is October 14, 2016. 
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

14. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN 
The 2016 Kaleidoscope Leadership Forum will be held November 16–20, 2016, in Costa Mesa, California. This 4-day professional development institute is for women of color in community colleges who seek higher ranks of leadership in higher education. The forum is being hosted by Coastline Community College and Orange Coast College.  
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian  

 

 

 

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