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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

December 1, 2014 | Issue # 027

This year, community colleges have experienced many of what I call “Camelot moments.” Many of our colleges have contributed successful implementation strategies to our 21st Century Center. Our colleges have designed innovative workforce and economic development programs and received significant TAACCT funding. And, several of our colleges have been invited to The White House’s College Opportunity Day of Action taking place on December 4. We must continue to focus on our future, and how we maintain the momentum.


Preparing for Ebola

During the AACC’s Fall Meeting in November in Washington, DC, the association convened a panel of experts to discuss how the arrival of the Ebola virus in the United States may affect our members. Based on what we heard from the panelists and additional consultation with experts, we wanted to share some information, suggestions, and useful links to resources that provide guidance and may assist you in answering questions from students, faculty, other staff, and your community.

Top Education Issues for 2015

Inside Higher Educationeditor Scott Jaschik recently provided his “Top 10” list of the education issues for 2015 during a presentation to the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. He also provided six bonus issues. Read the list here.

AACC, AASCU, APLU Partnership

AACC, Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) have agreed to work closely together to expand access, increase retention, and expand the number of high quality degrees and certificates, particularly but not exclusively for low-income, minority, and adult students. Read the complete statement.


Visit DC Media

When you plan your next trip to DC, we encourage you to set aside time to visit the reporters at Inside Higher Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education. They have expressed interest in meeting members and hearing from them. Contact Scott Jaschik and Katie Mangan.

Celebrating a College Milestone

Is your college celebrating its 25-, 50-, 75-, or 100-year anniversary? The Community College Daily will highlight institutions celebrating these milestones. Visit the “Community College Anniversaries” page on the AACC website to see if your college is listed. If it is not and your college has celebrated an anniversary this year, please e-mail Tabitha Whissemore to update us.

Apply for the Awards of Excellence by Dec. 5

The deadline has been extended to December 5 for nominations for AACC’s Awards of Excellence.


I traveled to Rancho Mirage, California, on November 22 to provide a keynote address at the Community College League of California’s Annual Convention. On November 24, I was pleased to provide a keynote presentation to the Alabama Association of Community Colleges annual meeting in Birmingham.

Find out where else I've been.


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