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 AACC Letter 

March 3, 2015 | Issue #843

Policy and Advocacy

1. AACC COMMENTS ON PROPOSED COLLEGE RATINGS SYSTEM
On February 17, AACC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed college ratings framework. AACC opposes the proposed federal college ratings system. AACC also joined ACE and 24 other higher education associations on a letter about the ratings system. This community letter recognized the inherent difficulties of developing a ratings system that could provide accurate consumer information while spurring greater accountability.
AACC Contact: David Baime 

2.  REGULATORY RELIEF LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN HOUSE
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chair of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, introduced the Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 970), on February 13. The bill would prohibit the Secretary of Education from regulating higher education institutions in a several areas. AACC, along with 23 other higher education groups, wrote to Capitol Hill in support of the legislation. The letter cites two pending administrative actions that colleges and universities find objectionable:  the proposed college ratings framework and ED’s teacher preparation system.
AACC Contact: David Baime

Events and Services

3. DON’T MISS THE 95TH ANNUAL AACC CONVENTION
The AACC Annual Convention is the professional development event of the year for education leaders. Network with your colleagues, learn about innovative community college programs, hear exciting speakers, and more at the AACC Annual Convention, April 18–21, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. Register now and book your hotel room.  
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

4. REGISTER FOR PASI
The AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an annual professional development program for CEOs and presidents of community colleges, providing intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. PASI will be held July 18–21, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

Program Initiatives 

5. APPLY TO JOIN AN AACC COMMISSION
Interested in being more engaged with AACC? A commission might be just the thing for you. AACC is accepting applications for its six commissions until April 24. Go online to learn more about the commissions, and access an application.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

6. AACC CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
In celebration of Women’s History Month, AACC is looking for images of women in community colleges to showcase on the AACC website. Positive images depicting leadership, scholarship, and service will be highly considered. Images must be high resolution (300dpi) and sized to 730 (width) pixels x 284 (height) pixels. Include the college name and any photographer credits to be used. Please send no more than two images to Kevin Christian.   
AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian

News and Social Networking

7. “PA CREATES FASTER TRACK TO COMPLETION”
Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges launched College Credit FastTrack in February. It’s the first statewide PLA initiative involving all colleges in a specific sector. Read more in Community College Daily
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

8. “EXPANDING A DEGREE PROGRAM WITH INDUSTRY SUPPORT”
A college in Houston has successfully built a maritime program, with the help of local industry. Now, a new state-of-the-art facility aims to take the program to the next level. Read the article in 21st Century Center
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

Resources

9. “THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES”
EMSI’s economic impact study for AACC shows the net total impact of community colleges on the U.S. economy was $809 billion in 2012. This video breaks down that number.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

10. COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND SOLVING ESCALATING TEXTBOOK COSTS
Over the past three decades college textbook prices have grown 812%. Register now for an interactive webinar to see how community colleges are approaching textbook affordability and how your institution can apply these best practices. The webinar will occur March 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. (ET).
AACC Contact: Todd Cohen 

11. COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS WEBINAR SERIES ON CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING
ACE invites you to participate in a free webinar on credit for prior learning, led by a group of seasoned practitioners from 2- and 4-year institutions across the nation. Join ACE on March 5 and March 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. (ET).  For further information, contact Mary Beth Lakin.  
AACC Contact:  Tammy Reichelt

12. FREE RESOURCE TO ASSIST IN RECRUITING WOMEN INTO STEM PROGRAMS
Discover what your female students want to know about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and the importance of hearing from female role models in this free, downloadable guide developed by the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science. This guide is designed for educators who want to tackle low female enrollment in STEM courses and would like to increase the number of women in their STEM classrooms.
AACC Contact: Ellen Hause 

13. DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
A new report by ACE identifies key issues in developing and implementing sound international partnerships, and explores strategies for addressing them effectively. Download it for free online
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler

Opportunities From Other Organizations

14. PARTICIPATE IN A HELDRICH CENTER SURVEY ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Given the challenges facing the workforce development system, it is essential that policymakers and practitioners have access to timely research about the programs and practices that are helping Americans gain employment. The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University has launched an effort to develop a report that will identify gaps in current employment and training research. The center is seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders through an online survey. Participate by completing this brief online survey by March 27, 2015.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

15. ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS TO GRADUATION FOR POST-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS
New research sheds light on how two approaches to creating alternative pathways to college graduation for post-traditional students are working.  ACE’s Center for Education Attainment and Innovation and Center for Policy Research and Strategy published two papers on alternate pathways to degree completion for post-traditional students with implications for the future of higher education.
AACC Contact:  Tammy Reichelt

16. NADOHE 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) will hold its annual conference March 16–18, 2015, in Washington, DC. AACC members are invited to register at the NADOHE member rate. Programming of interest to community colleges will include a pre-conference institute about the value of the community colleges and the impact on college enrollment and completion of larger numbers of diverse students and their eventual transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

17. GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR OVERSEAS PROJECTS
The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program is accepting proposals for short-term grants for overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. Deadline to apply: March 23, 2015.   
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

18. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE ON EQUITY, ACCESS, AND DIVERSITY
The NAPE Professional Development Institute (PDI) brings together the most current researchers and practitioners in equity, access, and diversity in education to share best practices and build a learning community through inspiring workshops and networking. The 2015 PDI will be held in Alexandria, Virginia, April 20–23, 2015.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

19. NETWORK WITH WORLD LEADERS IN EDUCATION
Early registration for the British Council’s 2015 Going Global conference ends March 13. The conference will be held June 1–2 in London. Going Global provides a forum for world leaders in education to network, debate international tertiary education issues and challenges, and to discuss creative, collaborative solutions.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

20. TEACHING MEN OF COLOR IN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Minority Male Community College Collaborative released a new guidebook, Teaching Men of Color in the Community College. Order your copy online.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

21. FREE WORKSHOP TO HELP COLLEGES ADDRESS THE CONCERNS OF VETERAN STUDENTS
The Center for Deployment Psychology offers a free workshop for college counselors who work with veteran students and want to understand their challenges and concerns in order to help them succeed.  They will bring the training to your campus. For more details, visit, or contact Nicole Lindsay for more information.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

 

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