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 AACC Letter 

September 2, 2014 | Issue #837

Policy and Advocacy   

1. SIGN THE DOD MOU BY SEPTEMBER 5
The U.S. Department of Defense made an edit to its May 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for institutions participating in the military's Tuition Assistance (TA) program that helps active duty soldiers attend college. Even though this new text does not change the content or intent of the MOU, colleges have until September 5 at 11:59 p.m. to sign the new version. If a college signed the May 2014 MOU prior to this change, it must either sign the new version or sign a certification statement by September 5 acknowledging that the college is aware of the change. Failure to sign or certify by the deadline would result in a college being ineligible to participate in the TA program. 
AACC Contact: David Baime 

2. COMMENTS ON DRAFT OF THE HEAA
AACC and the Association of Community College Trustees submitted comments on the draft of the Higher Education Affordability Act (HEAA) that Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, proposed for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Read the comments online
AACC Contact: David Baime
 

Program Initiatives

3. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW FOR THE 2015 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
AACC’s Awards of Excellence celebrates the truly extraordinary work being done at AACC member colleges. The 2015 award winners will be announced April 20 during the gala hosted during the annual convention. This year’s categories are emerging leadership, student success, advancing diversity, faculty innovation, exemplary CEO/board, and outstanding corporate/college relationship. A new category, community college safety planning and leadership, also has been added. Deadline for nominations: November 28.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

4. STAY CONNECTED WITH AACC’S LEADERSHIP SUITE
Are you a Future Leaders Institute, Future Leaders Institute/Advanced, or Future Presidents Institute graduate? We are looking for you!  The AACC Leadership Suite wants to connect with you to keep you informed of events and resources especially for institute alumni. Don't miss out on valuable information and opportunities. Complete a 5–10 minute survey, and join the LinkedIn alumni group to stay connected.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch
 

News and Social Networking

5. “TAPPING NASA TO BOOST STEM INTEREST”
NASA is awarding more than $17.3 million to community and technical colleges through its National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Read more in Community College Daily
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

Resources             

6. 21ST CENTURY INITIATIVE 2014 FALL WEBINAR SERIES
AACC's new webinar series is focused on the seven recommendations of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. Several webinars will be led by affiliated councils with expertise in research, student success, and institutional transformation. Webinars are free, but interested participants must sign up to attend. The first webinar will be September 10 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and has a focus on increasing completion rates.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

7. BUILDING A MANUFACTURING TALENT PIPELINE WEBINAR
AACC, with the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Siemens, Inc., is hosting a webinar September 25 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) aimed at expanding the number and quality of employer-led workforce training initiatives in advanced manufacturing. Among other things, the webinar will highlight the Massachusetts MACWIC, a regional partnership between a consortium of colleges, a state manufacturing extension partnership, and the advanced manufacturing industry.
AACC Contact: Todd Cohen  

8. “TARGETING OUR MIDDLE-SKILL ECONOMY: STATE-BY-STATE SNAPSHOTS”
The National Skills Coalition has developed state-by-state fact sheets to show the current and projected demand for middle-skill jobs, as well as the middle-skill gap. Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a 4-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States and in each of the 50 states.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz
 

Events and Services 

9. ANSWER THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Share your innovative programs and promising practices with community college leaders from across the country. Submit a proposal to present at the AACC 95th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21, 2015. Deadline to submit: September 29, 2014.
AACC Contact: Sarah Cale 

10. NOMINATE YOUR OUTSTANDING ALUMNI
Nominate candidates for the prestigious 2015 AACC Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards will be presented at the 95th AACC Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 18–21. Deadline for receipt of entries is September 12, 2014.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

11. 2014 WASHINGTON ADVOCACY SEMINAR
Register now for AACC’s Washington Advocacy Seminar (WAS), an intensive program designed for community college presidents and senior administrators who want an insider’s view of how federal policymakers formulate higher education policy. This year’s WAS will be held October 15–17, at the Liaison Capitol Hill.
AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles
 

Opportunities From Other Organizations 

12. TUNE IN TO LEAN IN'S CAMPUS KICKOFF LIVESTREAM
Join the Lean In community for a Livestream discussion September 18 at 4:30 p.m. (PT) with Sheryl Sandberg and LeanIn.Org President Rachel Thomas as they kickoff this year's Lean In on Campus program. Sandberg will share her personal passion for helping the next generation of leaders lean in and will be taking your questions. Participants also will learn about the Lean In on Campus program, receive the information to get involved and hear from campus leaders on their experience starting Lean In Circles
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

13. ARE YOU ON TOP OF YOUR GAME WHEN IT COMES TO FUNDRAISING?
If not, register for the 13th Annual Presidents Fundraising Academy, to be held in Newport Beach, California, September 28–30, 2014. This academy gives presidents the chance to learn how to build, enhance, and refine a fundraising program that bolsters the community college. This is an excellent introductory opportunity for relatively new presidents or aspiring presidents, or to refine institutional advancement programs.
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss  

14. PREPARE FOR PREPAREATHON!
America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide grassroots campaign for action which urges individuals, organizations, and whole communities to take simple, specific actions to increase their disaster preparedness. National PrepareAthon! Day takes place on September 30 to complement and support National Preparedness Month. Go online to access free preparedness guides and resources and to register your preparedness activities!
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss   

 

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