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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

August 8, 2014 | Issue # 019

There are so many examples of excellence at community colleges. I hear about them every day in my conversations with CEOs. I read about them in the Community College Daily and in the 21st Century Center. I love AACC’s Awards of Excellence program because it gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate that excellence. In this issue, we’ve got information about how you can submit your nomination for the 2015 Awards of Excellence.


“Economic Growth, Economic Prosperity, and the New WIOA”

John Colborn, executive director for Skills for America’s Future, wrote this article about how the success of new workforce legislation and federal job-training efforts require the help of colleges, industry, community members and more. Read it in the 21st Century Center.

Curbing Campus Sexual Violence

On July 30, a bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators unveiled the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, a bill to amend the Higher Education Act and the Clery Act to include new requirements for addressing sexual violence on campus, with stiff financial penalties for noncompliance. The legislation reflects the heightened scrutiny that colleges face regarding the response to sexual violence on campus. Read more in Community College Daily and in the latest issue of AACC’s Washington Watch.

“Enrollments Dip, but Degrees Increase”

Colleges and universities saw a drop in enrollment between 2011–12 and 2012–13, with public 2-year colleges seeing the bulk of those decreases, according to analysis of new federal data. But there is some good news: 2-year colleges are awarding more degrees. Read about it in Community College Daily.


Submit Your Application for the 2015 Awards of Excellence

The application period for the 2015 Awards of Excellence (AOE) is open. AOE celebrates the truly extraordinary work being done at AACC member colleges. Award winners will be announced April 20, 2015, during the gala hosted during the annual convention. This year’s categories are emerging leadership, student success, advancing diversity, faculty innovation, exemplary CEO/board, and outstanding corporate/college relationship. A new category, community college safety planning and leadership, also has been added. Deadline to submit: October 31.

Sign the DOD MOU

The U.S. Department of Defense made an edit to its May 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for institutions participating in the military's Tuition Assistance (TA) program that helps active duty soldiers attend college. Even though this new text does not change the content or intent of the MOU, colleges have until September 5 at 11:59 p.m. to sign the new version. If a college signed the May 2014 MOU prior to this change, it must either sign the new version or sign a certification statement by September 5 acknowledging that the college is aware of the change. Failure to sign or certify by the deadline would result in a college being ineligible to participate in the TA program.


August 5–8, I attended the AACC Board of Directors’ Annual Retreat and August Meeting in Washington, DC.

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