AACC news & notes

Policy & advocacy

ED expected to nix gainful employment regulation
The U.S. Education Department (ED) is expected to publish in late June or early July a final regulation to eliminate the so-called “gainful employment” rule, which was promulgated during the Obama administration mainly to ensure that for-profit institutions were not burdening students with college loans that they could not repay. Learn more here.

Upcoming events

Register for PASI
The AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an annual professional development program for CEOs and presidents of member community colleges, providing an intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends and opportunities unique to that position. The 2019 PASI will take place July 13–16 in Atlanta. Register here. Lodging reservations must be made by June 20.


Feature your college
The Community College Spotlight offers AACC-member colleges an opportunity to have their institution featured on the home page of the association’s website. This is a free member benefit. Learn more.

News & social media

‘Practicing innovation and collaboration’
Through CNM Ingenuity, employers and entrepreneurs gain access to training and support. Read about it at the AACC 21st-Century Center.

Community College Voice
The latest episode of AACC’s podcast, the Community College Voice, features AACC President and CEO Walter Bumphus in conversation with Excelencia in Education’s Sarita Brown.

‘Striking a balance’
Presidential contract negotiations are changing alongside the complexities of the position. Learn more in the latest issue of Community College Journal.

Program initiatives

MentorLinks proposals due June 24
AACC has extended the deadline to June 24 for its national grant competition for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, developed with the support of the National Science Foundation. MentorLinks is designed for community colleges seeking to improve technician education programs in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. MentorLinks colleges will receive $20,000 for the two-year grant period and travel support for the project director to attend three project meetings.

Opportunities from other organizations

Fulbright opportunities
Fulbright is offering a two-week seminar in Russia for community college administrators. Participants will engage with Russian educators at a variety of regional institutions, discuss issues concerning the U.S. system of higher education and share best practices in education administration. The deadline to apply is October 15. There also is a Fulbright Community College Faculty Award, which involves teaching courses in Russia for one or two semesters. The deadline to apply for the faculty award is September 16.

About the Author

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