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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

April 4, 2014 | Issue # 010

The AACC Annual Convention is finally here! There are so many great sessions to choose from that it will be easy to feel overwhelmed. This issue of the newsletter is all “Must Do,” and highlights just a few of the sessions that I think CEOs will most benefit from attending.


Experience the Convention in a Whole New Way

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. 

Learn to Promote Your College’s Student Success Plan

While at the convention, meet one-on-one with PR professionals from Fenton Communications to learn how to communicate your community college’s agenda for student success. These communications experts will walk you through how to use a suite of communications tools so that you feel confident talking to funders, faculty, staff, students, and other partners about how you are taking action to create new pathways for student success. There are still a couple of spaces available, so sign up now.   

Attend the Launch of the 21st-Century Implementation Guide

In 2012, AACC released its 21st-Century Report, which included seven recommendations and 22 strategies for student success. Over the past year, 112 faculty, CEOs, and thought leaders have worked collaboratively to develop research-based roadmaps for colleges to assist institutions in implementing each of the recommendations. This super spotlight session, scheduled for Sunday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m., will signal the formal launch of the 21st-Century Implementation Guide, will provide colleges with future activities planned to sustain this transformational work, and will preview the next “big ideas” in community colleges. The Implementation Guide will be available after the session.   

Get an In-Depth Look at 21st-Century Initiative Recommendations and Implementation

Throughout the day on April 6 and April 7, members of the 21st-Century Initiative Implementation Teams will lead sessions specific to the recommendations with which their team was tasked. They’ll offer an in-depth look at strategies for implementing recommendations at your college. Times and locations of these sessions can be found on the mobile app and the online convention program.  

Find Out Why Joining VFA is a “Must Do”

If your college isn’t part of the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) yet, learn why it’s so important to join. On April 6 at 3:00 p.m., hear from AACC and your colleagues about uses of the VFA on campus and at the state and federal level. Also, the VFA will have a designated area—the VFA Studio—in which computers will be stationed to demo the VFA Data Tool and staff will be available to answer questions about the website or the VFA. 

Hear Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks 

Vice President Joe Biden has been added to an already outstanding roster of speakers. He will deliver remarks to community college leaders on Monday, April 7, at 10:00 a.m. He’ll be joined by Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor. Sessions originally scheduled during this timeframe have been rescheduled. Check the convention app or online convention program for the latest information.


March 24–25, I attended the Globalization of Higher Education Conference in Dallas, Texas. Find out where else I've been.


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