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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

April 7, 2017| Issue # 085

The AACC Annual Convention is only 2 weeks away. It’s one of my favorite events each year because I get a chance to see old friends and make new acquaintances. But most of all, I enjoy hearing from our members about the great work happening in the field. This year’s convention includes more than 250 sessions, an exhibit hall with more than 170 vendors, and phenomenal keynote speakers. If you haven’t made a decision to attend the annual convention, we hope that you will consider it. It is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders in our sector.


“The Financial Value of a College Degree”
Associate degrees consistently and significantly increase the earnings of workers—even during major economic downturns—but certificates are less consistent in boosting earnings, according to a paper from the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment. Read the full article in CC Daily.

“Helping Students Reach Their Destination”
When a college connects with local service agencies, more barriers are knocked down for students. Learn how one college is doing in this 21st Century Center post


Register Today for Convention
Time’s almost up to register online for the AACC Annual Convention. Onsite registration will be available.  

Recognize Your Leaders
The next AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, or Roueche-FLI, will take place June 25–28, 2017 in Washington, DC. It’s the perfect institute for mid-level community college administrators who look to be leaders in their current positions or are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. Do you know a senior leader aspiring to the community college presidency? Send her or him to AACC’s Future Presidents Institute (FPI), also taking place June 25–28. Registration for both Roueche-FLI and FPI is now open.

Register for PASI
The AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) will take place July 22–25 in New York. This year’s theme is “The Stories We Tell.” Learn more here.

Application Period Extended for Pathways 2.0
Spring can be a busy time, and engagement of campus constituencies is important to making programmatic decisions for your college. In consideration of those factors, AACC has extended the deadline for submission of applications for Pathways 2.0 to June 1, 2017. Read more about the new modified Pathways 2.0 delivery model, enhance customized technical support that participating colleges will receive, and access application materials here.


We Want to Hear From You

If you are a new CEO, sign up for the New CEO Dialogue with the AACC president and CEO, which will be held April 24. This is an invitation-only event where new CEOs provide important feedback to AACC as it continues to develop and enhance professional development opportunities for new CEOs and emerging leaders. There also will be a special dialogue for 10-year+ CEOs that gives seasoned leaders an opportunity to provide advice and counsel to AACC that will set the path for future professional development opportunities. RSVP for either dialogue by April 10 by 6:00 p.m. (ET).


On March 30, I attended a breakfast meeting with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx to discuss the important role that community colleges play in workforce and economic development. (Washington, DC)

On March 31, I attended a dinner hosted by the board of the Higher Learning Commission.  The following morning, I participated in a panel discussion on accreditation and bright lines.  (Chicago, Illinois)

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