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 AACC Letter 

January 5, 2016 | Issue #853

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. NEW DATA ON GRADUATION RATES
Community college graduation rates over 4 years are significantly higher than on-time (2-year) graduation, according to new federal data. When looking at a 2-year period, the graduation rate of full-time, first-time students attending public 2-year colleges was 11.3% percent for the 2010 cohort year, according to new U.S. Education Department data. When the period was doubled to 4 years, the graduation rate jumped to 26.7%. Get more information online. AACC Contact: Jolanta (J.J.) Juszkiewicz

PROGRAM INITIATIVES

2. ARE YOU SENDING THE RIGHT SIGNALS?
The Right Signals Initiative aims to identify clear and connected credential practices to employers, students, and between and among community colleges. Funded by Lumina Foundation, AACC is accepting applications from community colleges until January 29, 2016. Up to 20 colleges will be selected for $60,000 and 1.5 years of collaboration and technical assistance. AACC Contact: Jen Worth

3. HAVE YOUR COLLEGE PROFILED ON AACC’S WEBSITE
Let us spotlight your college on our website! The Community College Spotlight offers member colleges an opportunity to have their institution featured on the home page of the AACC website. This is a free member benefit. AACC Contact: Tina Henry-Barrus

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

4. COMMUNITY COLLEGE INNOVATION CHALLENGE
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with AACC, invite teams of community college students to participate in the second annual Community College Innovation Challenge. Teams should identify key problems at the nexus of food, energy and water systems, propose innovative solutions, and submit their ideas. Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2016.  AACC Contact: Ellen Hause

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

5. “BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION”
Apprenticeships provide earning and learning opportunities. Read about it in the December/January digital Community College Journal. All staff on AACC member campuses have free access to the digital magazine with a simple login. AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

6. “ARKANSAS LOTTERY-FINANCED SCHOLARSHIP CUTOFF SET TO RISE”
Arkansans applying for the lottery-financed Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships face new eligibility requirements and, if they meet them, will be awarded smaller amounts during their first year of college. Read about it in Community College Daily. AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

7. “A LOOK BACK AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN 2015”
The 21st Century Center features 2015 highlights from the community college world. AACC Contact: Martha Parham

RESOURCES

8. INTERESTED IN A DUAL ENROLLMENT EXPERIMENT?
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid is hosting a webinar on January 13, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. (ET) for colleges interested in a dual enrollment experiment. The experiment will allow high school students in dual enrollment programs to gain access to Pell Grants. Register for the free webinar. AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles

EVENTS and SERVICES

9. REGISTER NOW FOR THE AACC CONVENTION AND SAVE MONEY
The AACC Annual Convention will be held April 9–12, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. Register by January 15 to get the early-bird rate.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

10. JOIN AACC IN NEW ORLEANS FOR WDI 2016
AACC's Workforce Development Institute continues to be a pre-eminent opportunity for in-depth exchanges and networking for economic and workforce leaders at community colleges and their partners. Join us January 20–23, 2016, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Online registration is closed, but onsite registration will be available. AACC Contact: Jen Worth

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

11. SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR NCBAA–NE
The National Council on Black American Affairs–NE Region (NCBAA-NE) will host its 2016 conference March 17–18, at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. This year’s conference theme, Changing Faces of the American Community College, aims to bring light to diversity and inclusion efforts at community colleges with respect to changing modes of delivery, technology, and learning styles. Submit proposals by January 8.  AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

12. STEM STUDENT FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Applications are being accepted for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program in Maryland. SURF is for students majoring in science, math, and engineering. Note that applications for participation are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students. Deadline for applications: February 12, 2016. AACC Contact: Jim Hermes

13. SUMMER MEDICAL AND DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Community college students are invited to apply for a free 6-week academic summer enrichment program through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is for college freshman and sophomore students who are interested in the field of medicine or dentistry. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2016. AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

 

 

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