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 AACC Letter 

April 4, 2017 | Issue #868

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL FOR FAFSA REMAINS UNAVAILABLE
On March 30, the IRS and ED released a joint statement indicating that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) would likely remain “offline until the start of the next FAFSA season” for security reasons. The statement also explains how applicants can complete the FAFSA or applications for income-driven repayment. Last week, the House and Senate education committees sent a letter to Education Secretary DeVos requesting assistance for the millions of students and families that rely on the DRT. For more, see CC Daily. AACC Contact: David Baime

PROGRAM INITIATIVES

2. REGISTER NOW FOR THE AACC ANNUAL CONVENTION
There’s still time to register for the 97th Annual AACC Convention. Online registration ends soon, but onsite registration will be available in New Orleans. See you April 22–25.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

3. AACC LEADERSHIP TRAINING
The next AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, or Roueche-FLI, will take place June 25–28, 2017, in Washington, DC. It’s aimed at 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. Funding is available to help cover the cost of the institute. AACC’s Future Presidents Institute (FPI) is also taking place June 25–28. It's designed for senior leaders aspiring to the community college presidency.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

4. SERVE ON AN AACC COMMISSION
If you want to get more involved on the national level, sign up to join one of nine commissions. CEOs, vice presidents/vice chancellors, associate/assistant vice presidents/vice chancellors, and provosts from AACC member colleges are eligible to apply. Appointments range from 1 to 3 years. Commissions meet twice a year, and have access to information on the latest trends and issues affecting community colleges. Sign up today. The deadline for applying for a commission appointment is May 5.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal   

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

5. APPLY FOR MENTORLINKS
The MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, supported by the National Science Foundation, is designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM fields through mentoring, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance; to establish connections for colleges to identify new ideas and relationships through networking opportunities at program meetings and Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Conferences; and to help colleges gain insight about support for building and sustaining new programs. You can apply now to become a MentorLinks college or a mentor for the 2017-2019 cohort. Deadline to apply: April 28, 2017.
AACC Contact: Ellen Hause 

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

6. “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 Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment paper. Get more details in CC Daily
AACC Contact: Matthew Dembicki  

7. “ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL”
Cool wayfinding initiatives help Portland Community College lead the way in accessibility. Read about it at the 21st Century Center.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

EVENTS and SERVICES

8. JOIN AACC ON CAPITOL HILL
AACC is launching a new forum in Washington, DC, June 12–13. Community college leaders will be gathering in the nation’s capital to advance the community college federal agenda at a critical time. Join us for Advocates in Action.
AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles 

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

9. CCCIE’S PRESIDENTS FOR NEW AMERICAN SUCCESS PLEDGE
The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE) is launching a College Presidents Campaign to engage community college presidents in its work to accelerate the success of immigrant students and raise awareness of the critical role community colleges play in immigrant education. Sign the Presidents Pledge to commit to advancing immigrant student success.  
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian  

10. IT’S NCIA COMPETITION SEASON
The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) has announced two national competitions. Recognize and celebrate the exceptional work of your chief academic officer: nominate her/him for the Chief Academic Officer of the Year or the Emerging Chief Academic Officer. Submissions also are being accepted for NCIA’s Exemplary Initiative in Student Access, Persistence and Completion. Application deadline for both competitions is May 15, 2017. Winners will be recognized locally and nationally after July 1, 2017.  
AACC Contact: Tammy Reichelt 

11. THOMAS LAKIN INSTITUTE 2017
The National Council on Black American Affairs and its Presidents’ Roundtable will host its annual Thomas Lakin Institute, October 15–20, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland. The institute provides a personal and professional development experience for selected individuals who have demonstrated a potential for senior leadership roles - to include the presidency - within community colleges.  For additional information and an application, contact Kirk Nooks. Early application deadline is May 15.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian  

12. LGBTQ PRESIDENTS INSTITUTE 2017
The 3rd annual LGBTQ Presidents Institute will be held June 23–25, 2017, in Seattle, Washington. The institute is designed to support LGBTQ leaders who are looking to advance within higher education, as well as for faculty, staff, and students looking for an opportunity to learn about current issues in higher education affecting the LGBTQ community.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian  

 

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