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 2015 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.

General Guidelines and Nomination Instructions:

All nominees must be AACC member colleges.

The nomination form must be signed by the chief executive officer of the nominating institution.

Each award is given annually, and the honoree(s) will be recognized at the AACC Annual Convention.

Nominating Packages

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 form [PDF].

A statement not to exceed 200 words establishing the rationale for why the nominated institution should be selected as the Excellence Award recipient.

Minimum two letters of support, one signed by the nominating college CEO.

Additional support materials (i.e. news coverage, fact sheet, descriptions) not to exceed five (5) pages.

Photo release and model release forms [PDF].

5 publication quality photos: (1) publication quality head shot [300 dpi resolution or higher] of the college CEO, and (4) publication quality photos from around the campus (safety programs, if available).  Photos can be uploaded individually, but must be labeled.


IMPORTANT: Nominating package should be contained IN ONE PDF and the file name should be the NAME OF THE FACULTY MEMBER. [Example: John Doe.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 Friday, November 28, 2014. The name of award winner will be embargoed until announced at the AACC Convention.

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