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 AACC Letter 

December 2, 2014 | Issue #840

Policy and Advocacy       

1. APPLICATIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR 2015 TITLES III & V GRANT COMPETITIONS DUE
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) is offering postsecondary institutions the chance to become eligible to apply for the following Title III and Title V programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965:

  • Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNH)
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI)
  • Native American Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI)
  • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation (HSI STEM)
  • Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA)
  • Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI)

Applications for eligibility are due by December 18. More information on the eligibility process can be found here.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz
 

Program Initiatives     

2. DEADLINE EXTENDED: NOMINATIONS DUE DEC. 5 FOR THE 2015 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
AACC’s Awards of Excellence celebrates the truly extraordinary work being done at AACC member colleges. The 2015 award winners will be announced April 20 at the AACC 95th Annual Convention. Award categories and nomination information is available online. Deadline for nominations: December 5.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal 

3. PAEC CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Presidents Academy Executive Committee is accepting nominations for executive committee members.  Nominations should be sent via e-mail to presidentsacademy@aacc.nche.edu and must include the nominee’s name (with contact information), a nominee summary description (click here for the example to use as a guide), and a photo (300 dpi). Deadline to submit: December 31.  
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

News and Social Networking 

4. “IS PERFORMANCE FUNDING CHANGING THE OPEN-ACCESS MODEL?”
In response to new, more aggressive higher education performance-funding policies in Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana, some state universities that have traditionally been open-access have become more selective in the students they admit, according to a new report from the Community College Research Center. Read more in Community College Daily
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki 

5. “WEEKLONG EVENT GETS STUDENTS TO COMMIT TO COMPLETE”
Phi Theta Kappa is promoting weeklong, completion-focused campus events through its Community College Completion Corps (C4) program. Read about the events in the 21st Century Center.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal

Resources

6. BRIDGING THE GAP
According to a middle-skills survey by Accenture, close to half of U.S. companies do not partner with any community or technical colleges, and less than half partner with any community-based organizations. A new report from Harvard Business School highlights how business leaders must work with educators, policymakers, and labor leaders to spark a revival of middle-skills jobs.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz

Events and Services     

7. WORKFORCE REMIX
AACC’s Workforce Development Institute (WDI) will challenge you to rethink workforce and economic development partnerships and possibilities from new perspectives. Register now for this dynamic event, which will be held January 28–31, 2015, in Newport Beach, California.
AACC Contact: Jen Worth   

8. HAIL & FAREWELL
The Hail & Farewell Luncheon is an opportunity to wish a fond farewell to retiring CEOs as well as hail new and 25-year CEOs. If you or a CEO you know fit into one of the categories that AACC is honoring, let us know. The 2015 program will occur April 19 in San Antonio, Texas, at the AACC Annual Convention.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore

9. APPLY FOR THE NEXT ROUECHE-FLI AND WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP PRECONFERENCE SESSION
Apply now for the AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, which will be held June 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gain the skills and insights you need to move your career forward. Bring back ready-to-implement ideas to your campus.  Also, register for the special preconference session, Getting to the Corner Office: Women in Leadership, designed for women leaders to explore the unique challenges that they face in community colleges. The John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Award is available to offset registration fees.
AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch

Opportunities From Other Organizations

10. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR NCBAA-NE REGION CONFERENCE
The National Council on Black American Affairs–NE Region (NCBAA-NE) invites proposal submissions for its 2015 Spring Conference, Redesigning Pathways for Institutional Success, which will be held March 19–20, 2015, at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut. Community college leaders are encouraged to share initiatives and data-proven programming interventions that have resulted in student success their institutions. Deadline for proposal submission: December 5. 
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

11. 9TH ANNUAL BLACK, BROWN AND COLLEGE BOUND CONFERENCE
Hillsborough Community College will host its 9th Annual Black, Brown and College Bound Conference, February 18–21, 2015, in Tampa, Florida. Early bird registration ends on December 15.  
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian 

12. SHARE YOUR MENTORING EXPERIENCES
The First Lady’s “Near-Peer Mentoring College Challenge” urges institutions of higher education and college communities to increase and enhance near-peer mentoring and college immersion experiences on campus for high school students. Research shows that students connecting with other students can make a significant difference in motivating them to pursue higher education. Share stories about what your institution is doing. Submissions will be accepted until February 27, 2015.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz 

13. BELLEVUE COLLEGE TO HOST CONFERENCE ON ADULTS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES
Bellevue College in Washington offers an associate degree program for adults with cognitive disabilities. February 25–26, the college will host a conference for college administrators that are interested in working with this diverse student population. This conference will provide experiences that will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge about occupational and life skills, leading to the creation of an action plan for support, funding and structure. For more information, e-mail the college.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

 

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