August 21, 2015 | Issue # 045
For many of you, the fall semester is just beginning. It’s an exciting time of year, full of promise. And it’s a time to see your student success initiatives at work. AACC’s new Pathways Project is aimed at advancing those initiatives. I have included information below about how you can get involved in this project.
Second Chance Pell Pilot Program
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) released more information about the new Second Chance Pell Pilot Program. The program will allow individuals incarcerated in federal or state penal institutions to receive Pell Grants and pursue a postsecondary education. Learn more about this program at the OCTAE website.
“Community Colleges Tackle College Readiness”
By forming an alliance with local school districts, McHenry County College greatly reduced the need for developmental math. Check out this 21st Century Center article.
“Hands-on STEM Experiences for Women”
Although women comprise about 61% of enrollees in Tennessee's community colleges, they account for only 11% of students who enter engineering technology programs. A program at Pellissippi State Community College aims to change that. Read more in Community College Daily.
Get Involved with AACC’s Pathways Project
With generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AACC recently launched a national project focused on building capacity for community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways at scale. Partners on the project are Achieving the Dream, the Aspen Institute, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Community College Research Center, Jobs for the Future, the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, and Public Agenda. AACC will select 30 institutions for participation over 3 years of intensive Pathways Project work. Learn how you can get involved. Deadline to apply: September 21, 2015.
Apply by Sept. 30 for the GSG Community College Fund
Goldman Sachs, in collaboration with AACC, has established the Goldman Sachs Gives (GSG) Community College Fund, which will award grants to help build community colleges’ endowments in support of need-based financial aid. Community colleges are encouraged to apply. A Request for Proposal can be found here, with details of the requirements for consideration. Questions? Contact Katherine Jollon. Deadline to apply: September 30, 2015.
ACEN, NLN Reach Agreement
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the National League for Nursing (NLN) have reached agreement on their bylaws. As previously reported by AACC, the Department of Education’s (ED) accreditation advisory committee recommended in June that the secretary of education terminate department recognition of ACEN because officials were concerned that ACEN is not sufficiently separate and independent from NLN, its parent organization. ACEN needed permission from NLN in order to amend its bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. The agreed upon revisions, according to ACEN and NLN, address the concerns about ACEN’s bylaws. If accepted by ED, ACEN should be able to maintain recognition as an accrediting body.
August 13–14, I attended and provided a keynote address for Lansing Community College’s Higher Education & Leadership Symposium in Michigan.
Find out where else I've been.