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 AACC Letter 

April 1, 2014 | Issue #832

Policy and Advocacy 

1. GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT NPRM PUBLISHED
The U.S. Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2014. Public comments on the NPRM can be made through May 27, 2014. In addition to the content of the proposed gainful employment (GE) regulations, the NPRM includes instructions pertaining to comment submission. AACC prepared an initial analysis of a preliminary version of the NPRM released on March 14. The NPRM includes three metrics: debt to earnings and discretionary earning rates, and program-level student loan cohort default rates. Repeated failure on any of these metrics renders a program ineligible to participate in the Title IV student aid programs for 3 years. AACC will prepare other GE documents, including an in-depth analysis of the NPRM and one that will serve as a guide for members to comment on the proposed GE regulations.
AACC Contact: David Baime

Program Initiatives 

2. JOIN AN AACC COMMISSION
AACC established six commissions to provide advice to the AACC Board and staff; encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations; provide a forum for focused conversation about the important community college issues and priorities of the day; and provide for increased involvement in the association by AACC member CEOs and other professional staff. Institutional nominees are appointed for 3-year terms. To be considered for a commission appointment, please complete the nomination form. Nomination deadline: April 28.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

3. REGISTER FOR PASI
The 2014 Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an opportunity for CEOs/presidents of member community colleges to engage in professional and personal development and renewal focusing on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. Special separate sessions will be designed for spouses/partners. PASI will be held July 19–22, 2014, in Napa Valley, California. Space is limited to 50 presidents, so register today.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch
 

Grants and Partnerships 

4. HOW GREEN IS YOUR COLLEGE?
The SEED Center and Snap-on Incorporated will recognize the next generation of schools that are building and educating for a clean economy with the Green Genome Awards. Five national winners will be selected and each will receive $7,500 in cash, plus an additional $7,000 in state-of-the-art Snap-On Bahco brand equipment and tools. Deadline to submit: April 30, 2014. 
AACC Contact: Todd Cohen
 

News and Social Networking   

5. “COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES WORK TO SMOOTH TRANSFER PATHWAYS”
Community College Research Center research shows that 80% of students entering community college say they intend to earn a bachelor’s degree, but only about a quarter of those students actually end up transferring to a 4-year institution. Read more in Community College Daily
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

6. “EMBRACING ADVANCEMENT”
You can’t rely on outside funding. Find steps to building a strong internal fundraising machine in the February/March Community College Journal. All staff on AACC member campuses have free access to the digital magazine with a simple login. And download the Community College Journal app to your Kindle, Apple, or Android mobile device. 
AACC Contact: Sarah Lawler
 

Resources     

7. WEBINAR: EFFECTIVE USE OF THE READY TO WORK GRANTS
Skills for America’s Future invites you to join a webinar on April 3 at 2:30 p.m., on the Ready to Work grants. As part of the Obama Administration's effort to address long-term unemployment, the U.S. Department of Labor has distributed a $150-million RFP using H1-B visa funds to provide 20–30 grants to local public-private partnerships. These funds will help local community colleges, workforce investment boards, businesses, business associations and others train, place and support the long-term unemployed. This webinar will provide potential grantees with strategies for employer engagement, serving the long-term unemployed, and targeting H-1B visa occupations and industries. Register here
AACC Contact:
Kathryn Jo Mannes

Events and Services

8. SEE YOU IN DC FOR THE AACC ANNUAL CONVENTION!
Get a preview of can’t-miss convention events from a few of AACC’s board members. We’ll see you in Washington, DC, April 5–8.
AACC Contact: Delinda Frazier

9. DISCOVER INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
NAFSA Higher Education Partnership Fair will be held May 27, 2014, during NAFSA’s 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, California. AACC’s collaboration with NAFSA offers community colleges a unique opportunity to network and develop international institutional partnerships. Space availability is first-come, first-served and limited to 100 displays. Cost is $399 per display. Contact NAFSA for more details. For those who want to attend the entire conference (May 25–30), up to 30 Impact Scholarships will be awarded.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

Opportunities From Other Organizations

10. CONNECTING TO SERVICE LEARNING
Making the Connection is a 45-minute motion picture documentary targeting educators, academic institutions, and communities seeking information on service learning. The movie demonstrates that service learning is available in a variety of locations and formats, from elementary and secondary education through higher education. The film is available online (use password CivicResp0nsibiliT).
AACC Contact: Gail Schwartz 

11. INFLUENCE AND INFORM THE FIELD OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Going Global 2014 Conference, April 29–May 1, 2014, in Miami, Florida, will bring together more than 1,000 leading experts and decision makers from government, academia, business, and industry from more than 70 countries to explore how innovation systems are formed, structured, and driven globally and transnationally. AACC is a sponsoring organization and our members receive a special registration discount. See the member-only section of AACC’s website.
AACC Contact: Alice Blayne-Allard

12. FUNDRAISING TRAINING FOR FOUNDATION BOARDS
Does your foundation board need help with learning how to fundraise? Join the Council for Resource Development at the Foundation Board Academy in Portland, Oregon, June 12–14, 2014. Get your board excited about and actively involved with your fundraising efforts. Board members can play a powerful and critical role in providing strategic direction, identifying major donors, friendraising, and more.
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss 

13. SHARE YOUR CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING METHODS
The Community College of Baltimore County will host the first Culturally Responsive Teaching Conference, September 27, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.  The conference will bring together educators from various levels of education to share information and best practices in culturally responsive teaching methods.  Go online for information or to submit a proposal, or e-mail Larry Coleman. The proposal deadline is April 15.  
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

14. NCBAA MIDLEVEL INSTITUTE 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 NCBAA Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Institute for African American Midlevel Administrators in Community Colleges. The institute will be held October 12–17 in San Francisco, California. E-mail Marian Shivers for more information.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

15. WHAT ARE YOUR PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS?
The North Carolina Community College System is seeking session proposal for its conference, Pathways to Success: 21st Century Teaching, Learning and Student Success. The conference will be held October 12–14, 2014, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The call for proposals deadline is April 11. 
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

 

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