AACC news & notes


Editor’s note: AACC News & Notes is published monthly in CC Daily.

Policy and advocacy

AACC responds to Sen. Alexander on HEA
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), along with the Association of Community College Trustees, submitted joint comments to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, in response to a white paper on higher education accountability measures that he issued earlier this month. The white paper and the responding comments are part of the HELP Committee’s ongoing work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

Upcoming events

Register for the AACC Annual Convention
The 98th Annual AACC Convention will take place April 28–May 1 in Dallas, Texas. Register now so you don’t miss out on the community college event of the year.

PASI takes place in July
The 2018 Presidents Academy Summer Institute will be held July 21–24 in Dana Point, California. This annual professional development program is for CEOs and presidents of AACC member community colleges. It provides an intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends and opportunities unique to that position.

Save the date for FLI
The next AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute (Roueche-FLI) will take place June 24–27 in Washington, D.C. Roueche-FLI is an innovative leadership seminar designed 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.

Program initiatives

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 community colleges are doing to celebrate Black History Month. Please share what your campus is doing by emailing Kevin Christian, AACC’s senior program associate for diversity, inclusion and equity.

News and publications

Tradition meets innovation
The February/March issue of Community College Journal is now available online. This issue’s features include customer service on campus, rebranding and an inside look at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The importance of CCAMPIS on campuses
For student parents, CCAMPIS grants can make a world of difference. Learn more at the AACC 21st-Century Center.


Go for the gold
Through inclusive access models, institutions such as Copiah Lincoln Community College and Oakton Community College are implementing savings for students while providing first day access to required course content. Learn more during a free webinar, “Go for the Gold: Inclusive Access as a Win for All,” on February 28. Register today.

Opportunities from other organizations

Supporting Latino students
Does your college have a program that serves Latino students? Nominate it for Excelencia in Education’s 2018 Examples of Excelencia. It’s a national effort bringing attention to evidence-based practices accelerating Latino student success in higher education. Also, check out Excelencia’s new analysis, Latino College Completion.

A new future for global vocational and professional education
The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) World Congress will be held October 8-10 in Melbourne, Australia. As a WFCP board member, AACC is currently gathering information on member interest to form an AACC delegation to the WFCP 2018 World Congress and encourages U.S. community colleges to respond to the WFCP call for proposals (Deadline: February 28) and self-nominate for the WFCP Awards of Excellence (Deadline: February 26). Questions? Contact Wayne Wheeler.

About the Author

Tabitha Whissemore
Tabitha Whissemore is a contributor to Community College Daily and managing editor of AACC's Community College Journal.