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 AACC Letter 

February 3, 2015 | Issue #842

Policy and Advocacy

1. MORE INFORMATION ON THE FY 2016 BUDGET REQUEST
The White House released FY 2016 federal budget request this week. Read some of the highlights of the budget proposal.
AACC Contact: David Baime

2. RESPONDING TO THE PROPOSED COLLEGE RATINGS SYSTEM
The U.S. Department of Education has formally invited public comment on its draft college ratings system. Comments are due by February 17, 2015, online or by e-mail. AACC will submit comments on behalf of its member colleges, but encourages institutional leaders and state systems, associations, etc., to provide their own perspectives. AACC has prepared a document that summarizes and provides comments on the published draft college ratings framework.
AACC Contact: David Baime

3. INSIDE HIGHER ED SURVEY OF PRESIDENTS
On January 21, community college CEOs should have received a personalized email from Gallup, on behalf of Inside Higher Ed, seeking participation in the 2015 Survey of College and University Presidents. Please take the time to participate in this important online survey. The results can provide a great deal of useful information and insights about the state of higher education.  Editors Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik are interested in having a strong response from AACC members so that they have an accurate profile for each sector of higher education and the broadest possible perspectives. Gallup will send reminders several times until the survey closes on February 4. If you are a community college CEO, did not receive a link to the survey, and wish to participate, e-mail Doug Lederman and he’ll arrange to have the link sent to you.
AACC Contact: David Baime

Events and Services

4. DON’T MISS THE 95TH ANNUAL AACC CONVENTION
Network with your colleagues, learn about innovative community college programs, listen to 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 

5. MOVE YOUR CAREER FORWARD
Gain the skills and insights you need to move your career forward at AACC’s John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, to be held June 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Bring back ready-to-implement ideas to your campus. Also, take part in a special preconference session designed for women leaders: Getting to the Corner Office: Women in Leadership. The John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Award is available to offset registration fees.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

Grants and Partnerships

6. AACC CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
AACC honors the significant contributions and achievements that Black Americans have made in U.S. and world history. We are interested in learning what our colleges are doing to celebrate Black History Month. Please share what your campus is doing by e-mailing Kevin Christian,  AACC senior program associate for diversity, inclusion, and equity.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

7. COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS RECOGNIZED
Since 2001, the Institute of International Education (IIE) Heiskell Awards have showcased the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and current international partnership programs. This year, Wisconsin’s Madison Area Technical College received the award in the community college category. Miami Dade College in Florida and Washington’s Spokane Falls Community College received honorable mentions. For more information about international opportunities for community colleges, visit the AACC International Programs and Services website.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler

News and Social Networking

8. “DEVELOPMENTAL ED IS PRIME FOR REFORM”
AACC hosted the  National Summit on the Redesign of Development Education in Washington, DC, this week. Read about the meeting in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

9. “TRACKING STUDENT SUCCESS AT CALIFORNIA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES”
The chancellor of the California Community Colleges shares seven ways his system has increased student success, in the 21st Century Center.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

10. WALTER BUMPHUS ON C-SPAN
Watch AACC President & CEO Walter Bumphus discuss President Obama’s "America’s College Promise" plan on C-SPAN.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

Resources

11. AACC DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
All staff at AACC member institutions have access to the AACC 2014–2015 Digital Membership Directory. Log in to view the directory.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

12. TRENDS IN DISTANCE EDUCATION: WHAT COLLEGE LEADERS SHOULD CONSIDER
A white paper from the AACC-affiliated Instructional Technology Council  (ITC) and written in collaboration with members of AACC’s Academic, Student, and Community Development (ASCD) Commission, identifies six questions to ask in building an institutional approach. Download the report online or contact Mickey Slimp, the report author. 
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss

13. GET ASSISTANCE DEVELOPING EVALUATION PLANS FOR SMALL ATE PROJECTS
Is your college interested in submitting a proposal to the National Science Foundation through its Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program?  Do you need assistance in developing an evaluation plan for your proposed project? Join Mentor-Connect, in partnership with AACC and EvaluATE, on February 18, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET), to discuss the unique challenges “Small Grants for Institutions New to ATE” or other small-budget grant proposals face when identifying the impact and effectiveness of grant-funded work. Hear information about to planning and implementing effective evaluations of smaller projects, including budget considerations for implementing these evaluation approaches. 
AACC Contact: Ellen Hause

Opportunities From Other Organizations

14. HELPING MEN OF COLOR IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES
The Minority Male Community College Collaborative, in partnership with the Community College League of California, will offer a free webinar February 12, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (PT). “Counseling and Advising Strategies: Advancing Success for Men of Color in the Community College” will present promising counseling and advising strategies that can be employed to support the success of men of color in the community college. Data presented in this webinar were derived from counselors and advisors who have been recognized for their efforts in supporting the success of men of color.  
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

15. NCBAA ANNOUNCES 2015 DISSERTATION OF THE YEAR AWARD COMPETITION
The National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA)–Northeast Region Dissertation of the Year Award will recognize an individual whose exemplary doctoral dissertation aligns with the mission of NCBAA, contributes to the literature on community colleges, and/or makes a substantial contribution to policy, procedures, and practice that has an impact on black students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Deadline to apply: February 16, 2015.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

16. FLUID POWER TEACHING GRANTS
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is currently accepting applications from 2-year community colleges in certain states for teaching grants. The grants, up to $5,000 each, will be given for projects that actively engage students in learning about hydraulics and pneumatics. Deadline to apply: February 27, 2015, 3:00 p.m. (CT).
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

17. GRANTS FOR TRAINING FUTURE FARMERS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. This support is available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Deadline to apply: March 13, 2015.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

18. APPLY FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL RETENTION EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Noel-Levitz is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Retention Excellence Awards. This awards program is open to any accredited college, university, or system. Nominees will be judged by an expert panel of higher education professionals on five criteria: measurable institutional outcomes, originality and creativity, use of resources, adaptability for use at other institutions, and clarity of focus. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2015.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz

19. AACU’S DIVERSITY, LEARNING, AND STUDENT SUCCESS CONFERENCE
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) invites community colleges to attend its 2015 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success Conference, March 26–28, in San Diego, California.   Participants will explore critical questions and formulate action-oriented strategies to make excellence inclusive for all students through sustainable and measurable campus practices.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

20. NCIA WORKSHOP FOR ASPIRING CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS
Join the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) for an innovative workshop aimed at academic administrators, July 17–18, 2015, at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. “The Insight You Need to Navigate Upward” will further your understanding of the relationships between presidents and their chief academic officers. This is your chance to learn, engage, and network.   
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss

 

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