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 21st-Century Strategy Plan Should Be Ready in 2014 


Summer 2014: That’s the target for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to have a game plan to implement its recommendations to help an additional 5 million students attain a credential by 2020.

At the association’s board of directors summer retreat last week, AACC President and CEO Walter Bumphus outlined his strategy to develop an “action plan” that community colleges can follow to implement the recommendations of AACC’s 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community College, which issued its report and recommendations in April.

About nine working groups—or "implementation teams"—each focused on one of seven broad recommendation areas (there will be some overlap) will meet to draft ways to help community colleges adapt the recommendations. They will discuss barriers as well as promising practices. (The working group on workforce and economic development already held its first meeting in late July.)

The teams will then forward their reports to a steering committee, which will draft its own report to Bumphus. He would use it as a blueprint for AACC’s plan.

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