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 2016 Community College Safety Planning and Leadership 

AACC recognizes the importance of creating a safe campus environment that is free from danger, injury or risk.  Although this is the ultimate goal, critical events may happen on campus, and colleges must understand how to operate before, during, and after the event.  Colleges can take steps to develop the leadership, infrastructure, and training needed to ensure a high level of safety of the institution and the surrounding communities. Further, they can serve as models and help provide workers to assist with community preparedness and response. To that end, the association has created the Award of Excellence in College Safety Planning and Leadership to recognize exemplary practices and innovation in campus safety and emergency response strategies, programs, and procedures. 

Criteria used to evaluate applications are as follow

  • College leadership has demonstrated commitment to developing safety training programs and developing leaders capable of handling safety issues.
  • College has a plan for addressing safety issues as part of its ongoing programs and operations.
  • College has integrated and regularly evaluates appropriate and safe use of equipment and materials in operations and programs to ensure that faculty and students operate in a safe environment.
  • College provides information to students and faculty related to safety and response importance and plans.
  • College has incorporated safety-related training and associated industry-recognized credentials related to safety, preparedness, and response occupations into college operations and program delivery.
  • College has instituted specific programs and services to increase employee safety awareness and response.


  • Colleges led by current members of the AACC Board of Directors are not eligible to apply.
  • The college that received the award in 2015 is not eligible to apply.

General Guidelines and Nomination Instructions:

  • All nominated colleges must be current AACC members, as well as maintain active institutional membership in the association for 2016.
  • Nomination cover sheet must be signed by CEO.

Each award is given annually, and the honoree(s) will be recognized at the AACC Annual Convention.
Nominating packages (excluding required photos) should be transmitted ELECTRONICALLY IN ONE PDF via the link provided at the bottom of this page to the Awards of Excellence Hightail Mailbox AND include the following:

  • Nomination cover sheet [PDF].

  • Minimum of two letters of support.

  • 5 publication quality photos: (1) publication quality head shot of the CEO [300 dpi resolution or higher], (4) publication quality photos of college safety drills or other safety activity in action. 

IMPORTANT: Nominating package should be contained IN ONE PDF and the file name should be the NAME OF YOUR INSTITUTION. [Example: MontgomeryCollege.pdf] Also, please include "National Awards Program Nomination" in the subject line provided when you click on the link below to ensure proper delivery.

Deadline for receipt of entries is Monday, November 30, 2015. Finalists for the award will be notified in advance. The names of award winner will be embargoed until announced at the AACC Convention.

Upload application packet here

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