April 17, 2015 | Issue # 036
The 95th Annual AACC Convention is upon us! We have guaranteed that your time in San Antonio will be well spent, with sessions on the topics that matter to you and your institution. Below, I’ve highlighted a few things for your convention “must do” list. I look forward to seeing you in Texas!
Honor Your Colleagues
There will be several opportunities at our general plenary sessions to honor your colleagues. At Saturday's opening session, we'll recognize Leadership Award recipients Bob Barringer and Mike McCall, and Truman Award recipient Vincent Tinto. Sunday is your chance to salute new, 25-year, and retiring CEOs at the Hail & Farewell Luncheon. The Awards of Excellence winners will be revealed at the gala dinner on Monday night.
Attend the Super Spotlight Session
Three years after the release of the report of AACC’s 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, leaders from across the nation take stock of progress in achieving a challenging goal for the field set forth in that report: to increase completion rates of students earning community college credentials by 50% by 2020. Join us for this session on Sunday, April 19, at 8:15 a.m.
Get Guidance on Federal Student Aid Administration
Learn about new approaches to managing Title IV programs and how to stay out of harm’s way when it comes to managing this essential lifeline to student access and success. The session takes place Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Learn to Leverage the VFA
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) provides colleges with a usable, national accountability system. During a session on Sunday, April 19 at 10:15 a.m., AACC will demo the VFA data tool. Panelists from VFA colleges will show how they leverage VFA for institutional improvement.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Four different spotlight sessions will take place Monday, April 20 at 8:30 a.m. Session topics are serving the post-traditional student; recruiting, hiring, and retaining diverse leaders; views on leadership from leadership legends; and redesigning America’s community colleges.
Update Your Headshot
Back by popular demand, professional headshots will again be taken in the exhibit hall at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This service is free of charge to attendees.
Stay Up to Date with the AACC Convention App
Download the AACC Convention app to help you navigate the convention. Utilize keyword searches to find sessions and exhibits, tag favorites, see convention information, request appointments, and much more.
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