AACC news & notes

Policy & advocacy

116th Congress and community colleges
The 116th Congress will debate a variety of issues of interest to community colleges and their students. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) summarizes some major legislative and regulatory areas which are expected to be active in 2019 and 2020. AACC’s full legislative agenda can be found here.

Upcoming events

AACC Workforce Development Institute
The 2019 AACC Workforce Development Institute (WDI) will be held January 29–February 2 in San Diego. This year’s theme is “Skill Up, Step Up.” Join us as we highlight promising practices, explore new opportunities and celebrate all of the ways in which community colleges skill up and step up.

The next AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute (FLI) will be held January 29–30 in San Diego, in conjunction with WDI.  The seminar is designed for workforce and economic development and continuing education professionals who want to advance their career. Registration deadline: January 9.  Get more details and register online.

Register for the AACC Annual Convention
Don’t miss out on the premier event for community college leaders. Register now for the 99th Annual AACC Convention, taking place April 13–16 in Orlando, Florida. Keynote speakers are internationally renowned employee management expert and best-selling author Marcus Buckingham and acclaimed film and television actress Geena Davis.


AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders
The third edition of the AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders is now available. Previous editions of the competencies have served as the foundation for developing many curricula for grow-your-own and leadership doctoral programs. Now, as we reimagine the 21st-century community college, AACC has embedded the mission of student success and a framework for diversity into all levels of leadership.

Opportunities from other organizations

Contribute to research
The National Center for Education Statistics and research institute RTI are nearing the end of the first phase of data collection for the 2017-18 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Administrative Collection (NPSAS:18-AC). Institutional participation is critical for state-level data. AACC encourages your college to submit your lists as soon as possible for the study. Your institutional coordinator can respond here. Questions? Contact the sample surveys help desk at 855-500-1441 or PortalHelp@rti.org. You also can contact Austin Caperton, manager of institution relations at RTI

Supporting international students
U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides international participants from underserved and underrepresented communities with an intensive academic year-long program at accredited U.S. community colleges, focused on building technical and professional skills while deepening participants’ understanding of the United States, its people and values. CCI will fund a community college or community college-led consortium for the program’s administration. Deadline to apply: January 11.

About the Author

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