January 9, 2015 | Issue # 029
The new year is off to a good start with the president's proposal this week for the America's College Promise program, which would make the first two years of community college free for students. You can read more about it below. Also below, you can read about the accomplisments of Robert McCabe and Bill Priest, two giants in the community college world whom we lost in December.
AACC Applauds President Obama’s America’s College Promise Proposal
AACC enthusiastically welcomes President Obama’s bold proposal to eliminate tuition for students in certain community college programs. Like the state and local initiatives it builds upon, the president’s proposal dramatically underscores the importance of obtaining a postsecondary education in today’s economy. The proposal would help the full range of students at community colleges, including adult students, while seeking to ensure that states maintain or increase their investments in higher education. More information about the proposal is available on AACC's website.
“The Passing of Two Titans”
Read about the extraordinary accomplishments of Bill Priest and Robert McCabe, who passed away in December, in this article in Community College Daily.
Dialogue on College Readiness
In September 2014, AACC and AASA hosted a joint convening of community college presidents and school superintendents to discuss promising practices in college readiness. Read a report of the proceedings here.
Register for the AACC Annual Convention
Register by January 23 for the AACC Annual Convention to take advantage of the early-bird discount. The 2015 convention will be held April 18–21 in San Antonio, Texas. Malcolm Gladwell, Robert Reich, and The Generations People are keynote speakers.
On January 7, I traveled to North Carolina to provide presentations to the faculty, staff, and administrators of Davidson County and Rowan-Cabarrus Community Colleges.
Find out where else I've been.