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 AACC Letter 

January 6, 2015 | Issue #841

Policy and Advocacy       

1. COLLEGE RATINGS SYSTEM INFORMATION
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) just released its long-awaited draft college ratings framework. ED plans to publish the college ratings system by the start of the next academic year (2015–16) and AACC will submit comments early this year. AACC does not support a federal college ratings system. For more information, visit the AACC website.   
AACC Contact: David Baime
 

Program Initiatives       

2. APPLY NOW FOR ROUECHE–FLI AND WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP PRECONFERENCE SESSION
Apply now for the AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, which will be held June 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gain the skills and insights you need to move your career forward.  Bring back ready-to-implement ideas to your campus. Also, register for the special preconference session, Getting to the Corner Office: Women in Leadership, designed for women leaders to explore the unique challenges that they face in community colleges. The John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Award is available to offset registration fees.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

 Grants and Partnerships 

3. ED ANNOUNCES FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
The purpose of the Student Support Services (SSS) Program is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should benefits these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from 2-year to 4-year colleges and universities. Deadline to apply: February 2, 2015.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

News and Social Networking   

4. “THE PASSING OF TWO TITANS”
Two community college legends—Bill Priest and Robert McCabe—passed away in December. You can read about their extraordinary lives and accomplishments in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

5. “HOW HAVE TUITION-FREE PROGRAMS FARED SO FAR?”
Free community college programs garnered a lot of headlines last year. Missouri is already offering its program, and Tennessee and Chicago will kick off programs this fall. Get an update on these programs at the 21st Century Center.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

Resources 

6. “A GUIDE TO CLIMATE RESILIENCY & THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE”
A new report from AACC’s SEED Center, developed in partnership with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), positions 2-year colleges as a community’s best resource in addressing the impacts of climate change. Download the report online. 
AACC Contact: Todd Cohen 

7. FAFSA RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
It’s FAFSA season! If you’d like to spread the word about the importance of completing the FAFSA, ED has some great resources available online.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz

Events and Services     

8. WDI REGISTRATION CLOSES JAN. 9
Get insider insights on industry–community college partnerships at AACC’s Workforce Development Institute (WDI) from NASCAR, Northrop Grumman, McDonald’s, Siemens, and many more. CMT star Dustin Lynch to perform as well! Join us in Newport Beach, California, on January 28–31, 2015. Registration extended to January 9. 
AACC Contact: Jen Worth  

9. REGISTER NOW AND SAVE
Register for the AACC Annual Convention by January 23 to take advantage of the early-bird discount for AACC members. The convention will take place in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21, 2015. The convention is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders, attracting more than 2,000 community college presidents and senior administrators, as well as international educators, representatives of business/industry, and federal agencies.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

10. PASI REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
AACC’s Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an annual professional development program for CEOs and presidents of member community colleges, providing intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. The next institute will be held July 18–21, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

Opportunities From Other Organizations

11. INTERNATIONALIZE YOUR CAMPUS
IREX has announced opportunities for community colleges to internationalize their campuses with students from Kosovo, Pakistan, and Tunisia. Application deadline: February 27, 2015.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler 

12. 11TH ANNUAL SAAB NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) National Headquarters offers an empowering conference that incorporates powerful messages of success to young men throughout the U.S. The conference theme, “From a Moment to a Movement: 25 Years of Meaningful Impact and Change,” will commemorate and enlighten like-minded young men, professionals, community activists and scholars striving to make a difference in the lives of men in the community. The conference will take place March 27–28 in Dearborn, Michigan.      
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

 

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