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 AACC Letter 

July 1, 2014 | Issue #835

Policy and Advocacy   

1. LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
Check out AACC’s Advocacy News website for updates on, among other things, reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, approval of the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act, and the release of Higher Education Act proposals
AACC Contact: David Baime
 

Program Initiatives 

2. DON’T MISS UPDATES FROM THE 21ST CENTURY CENTER
AACC’s 21st Century Center is updated often with articles and resources to help your college implement the seven recommendations laid out by the 21st-Century Commission. Sign up to receive weekly updates so you don’t miss a thing.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

3. YOUR COLLEGE COULD BE A COVER MODEL
AACC is in the process of the designing the 2014–2015 AACC Membership Directory. Your college could be featured on the cover. Send us up to three of your best photos of students, programs, or your campus by July 15. Photos should be sized at a minimum of 5x7 at 300 dpi. We’ll notify you in August if your photo is chosen. AACC Contact: Crystal Anderson 
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch
 

Grants and Partnerships

4. BRIDGING CULTURES GRANT OPPORTUNITY
The National Endowment for the Humanities is offering grant opportunities to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges or community college systems. Grants are used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs and to develop new programs. Deadline to apply: August 21, 2014.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

News and Social Networking         

5. “A GROWING PATH TO MEDICAL SCHOOL”
A 2013 Association of American Medical Colleges report on diversity showed that in 2012 almost 33% of medical school applicants had a community college experience. That’s up from 29% in 2002. Read more about this trend in Community College Daily
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

6. “IN GOOD STANDING”
Community colleges with student loan default rates of 30% or higher must create default management plans to lower the rate. Learn more in the June/July digital Community College Journal. All staff on AACC member campuses have free access to the digital magazine with a simple login. And download the Journal app to your Kindle, Apple, or Android mobile device. 
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore
 

Resources           

7. CONNECT WITH A NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT
Opt-in to receive future issues of AACC’s Global Connections, a monthly newsletter focused on international news, events, and funding opportunities of particular interest to community colleges. Send your name, title, and name of your institution to Wayne Wheeler, AACC’s manager of global initiatives and outreach.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler

8. FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID TOOLKIT
Federal Student Aid (FSA) recently launched the Financial Aid Toolkit. The toolkit consolidates FSA resources into a searchable online database intended for use by individuals and organizations who counsel students and families on making financial preparations for postsecondary education.  AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

Opportunities From Other Organizations 

9. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN WORKFORCE AND HIGHER ED
America’s workforce and employers both want a higher education system that better prepares workers to be successful on the job and teaches skills that will remain valuable in the future. A challenge has been issued by the Economist and Lumina Foundation to create a product or service that will facilitate communication between employers and higher education about teaching workplace-relevant skills. Up to $10,000 will be awarded for the best submission(s). Deadline to apply: July 25, 2014.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore 

10. IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR STUDENTS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host a live webcast July 17 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) regarding mental health and substance abuse issues facing young adults (18–25) transitioning from high school to college and onto careers, as well as resources available to help address them.
AACC Contact:  Tabitha Whissemore 

11. GET YOUR BOARD EXCITED ABOUT FUNDRAISING
The Council for Resource Development presents the Foundation Board Academy in Portland, Oregon, September 7–9, 2014. Fundraising is an essential part of your institution. Finding the donors and the alumni to help with the effort is crucial, too. This academy is customized for your board members. Get your board excited about and actively involved with your fundraising efforts.
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss 

12. ED INTERNATIONAL GRANT COMPETITIONS
Several U.S. Department of Education International Education grant competitions are still open, including grants for Language Resource Centers and the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program. A competitive priority is given to proposals submitted by or in collaboration with community colleges. Check out AACC’s International Resources website for a complete listing of grant competitions with deadlines and links to more information.
AACC Contact:
Wayne Wheeler

 

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