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 AACC Letter 

June 2, 2015 | Issue #846

POLICY and ADVOCACY

1. VA GRANTS BLANKET WAIVER ON IN-STATE TUITION REQUIREMENT
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has granted a blanket waiver until the end of the year for all states that are not yet in compliance with a law passed last year requiring institutions to offer qualifying non-resident veterans and their dependents in-state tuition at public institutions. If an institution is not in compliance, none of its programs would be eligible for VA educational assistance, for resident and non-resident veterans alike. AACC Contact: David Baime

EVENTS and SERVICES

2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR PRESIDENTS
The AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an annual professional development program for CEOs and presidents of community colleges, providing intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. A special program track has been designed specifically for spouses/partners of CEOs. PASI will be held July 18–21, 2015, in Austin, Texas. AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch 

GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS

3. FIRST IN THE WORLD GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched its 2015 First in the World grant competition. ED will be awarding $60 million in grants, including $16 million for minority-serving institutions, to support innovation that boosts postsecondary education attainment. The deadline for applications is June 26, 2015. AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz

NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING

4. “SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ATTRACTS STUDENTS READY TO SUCCEED”
In Washington, Shoreline Community College and its community are offering student support to help foster a college-going culture. Read the 21st Century Center article. AACC Contact: Martha Parham 

5. “ENROLLMENTS CONTINUE TO DROP AS ECONOMY IMPROVES”
Spring enrollments at community colleges continue to slide, particularly among older and full-time students, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more in Community College Daily. AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

RESOURCES

6. DIVE INTO DATA
The National Center for Education Statistics recently released The Condition of Education 2015. The indicators presented in report provide an update on the state of education in America. Included are findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education. AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz 

7. DATAPOINTS: COMPLETION PROGRESS
Community colleges contributed 1 million new postsecondary credentials in the 2013-14 academic year. The latest DataPoints has the details. AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki

OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

8. ALIGNED BY DESIGN: WIOA & PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
The National Skills Coalition is presenting a series of webinars exploring how states can use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) planning process to align key human capital investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies. The first webinar, on June 8, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. (ET), will focus on new opportunities for the workforce system and Perkins Career and Technical Education to work together. AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz 

9. BEHAVIOR CHANGE AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION
Achieving the Dream is hosting a webinar June 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on financial education and how to improve financial outcomes for students. AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz 

10. KICKSTARTER PROGRAM FOR HISPANIC-SERVING INSTITUTIONS
The KickStarter Program is an initiative targeted at community college Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Arizona, California, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. The program is designed to prepare and position community college HSIs to compete successfully for federal funds focused on student recruitment and retention in STEM fields. Apply for the program by June 30, 2015. AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian

11. M2C3 NATIONAL CONSORTIUM ON COLLEGE MEN OF COLOR
The National Consortium on College Men of Color working group meeting will take place July 29–30, 2015, in San Diego, California. The consortium is led by the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) in partnership with the Community College League of California, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and African American Male Education Network and Development. For questions on the meeting, contact Meredith Ross.  AACC Contact:  Kevin Christian 

 

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