November 13, 2015 | Issue # 051
We had a lot of lively discussions this week at the fall meeting of the AACC board and commissions. I was happy—but not surprised—to learn that the pathways movement has gained a lot of momentum. The Pathways Project really is an extension of the work of the 21st-Century Initiative, and I think the results will be just as widespread. I look forward to continuing the conversation in April at the AACC Annual Convention.
Policy Recommendations for Perkins Act Reauthorization
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is the largest federal discretionary funding source of direct, institutional support for community colleges. AACC and ACCT have developed policy recommendations for the reauthorization of the act based on numerous discussions, surveys and other methods of feedback from our member institutions.
“Increasing Your College’s Agility”
The reform movement and focus on student success requires swift and large-scale transformation. Some leaders might feel overwhelmed, but Mary Spilde, president of Lane Community College, has embraced the idea that leaders and their teams can become more agile, allowing them to handle present needs and future challenges effectively. Read more at the 21st Century Center.
“Learning to Teach for Diverse Students”
Santa Monica College’s Faculty Summer Institute brings selected faculty together for workshops to hear from experts on better ways to reach students and help them succeed. Read about it in Community College Daily.
Register for the 96th AACC Annual Convention
Registration is now open for the AACC Convention. The 2016 convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois, April 9–12, 2016. Early-bird rates end January 15. Once your registration has been submitted and all appropriate fees have been paid, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. It will include the hyperlink to the Hyatt Regency Chicago so that you may make your lodging arrangements.
Submit Your Nomination for the Awards of Excellence
The deadline to submit nominations for the AACC Awards of Excellence is November 30. Winners will be announced on April 11, 2016, at the AACC Annual Convention.
AACC Receives Lumina Grant for Credentials Work
AACC has been awarded a $1.8 million Lumina Foundation grant to identify a network of approximately 20 colleges to review their credential practices within the context of the Beta Credentials Framework and other respective systems. These colleges will collaborate and identify potential methods to better signal to students transparent routes through college training programs, to more effectively signal to employers the competencies future workers have, and to better signal within and among colleges the portability, compatibility, and applicability of different credentials. This work will occur over 2 years and the RFP for colleges is being designed now.
Community Colleges Host Open Houses for College Promise
More than 80 colleges hosted informational open houses on campus to facilitate discussions surrounding universal community college. The concept has been touted by President Obama and is being promoted by the Heads Up! campaign.
On November 3, I traveled to Hollywood, Florida, to participate in a panel discussion as a part of the American Association Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) Strategic Enrollment Management Conference. I provided a keynote speech to the McCall Leadership Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 5. This week, I took part in the AACC Fall Meeting of the AACC Board of Directors and commissions.
Find out where else I've been.