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 Letter - Issue #701 

From the Desk of George Boggs
August 8, 2008
Issue #701

Special Alert

1. Coming Soon - New and better AACC web site. AACC is in the process of doing a major update of its Web site and association management software. We anticipate going live with both of these new systems in mid-August. The new Web site will include many new features, including a searchable, online Membership Directory that contains all of the information (name, title, and contact info for about 15 chief administrative positions for each college) currently available in the paper directory. Colleges will also be able to update staff information online, and the updates will be viewable almost immediately. During the first two weeks of August when the conversion to the new software is taking place, the AACC Web site or the online AACC bookstore may be down for a short time. We will do everything in our power to make downtime as short as possible. Bookstore purchases can still be made between 8:30 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday by calling 1-800/250-6557. Other questions should be directed to Margaret Rivera.
AACC Contact: Margaret Rivera

Policy and Advocacy

 2. AACC President George Boggs responded to an Aug. 3 Washington Post Article ("Career Colleges a Better Bet for D.C.,B-8)  that asserted using career colleges to deliver skills would be better for the District of Columbia than establishing the District's first community college. Spearheaded by the Brookings Institution and others, the effort to establish the first community college in the nation's capital is currently under consideration. See AACC's response here.
AACC Contact: Norma Kent

3. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees have reaffirmed their commitment to diversity in a joint statement signed July 31 at the AACC Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. The AACC/ACCT Joint Statement on Leadership and Diversity culminates a year-long effort on the part of both associations.

The statement was endorsed and fully supported by the AACC and ACCT boards of directors, as well as: 

  • The AACC Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity  
  • American Association for Women in Community Colleges  
  • National Community College Asian/Pacific Islander Council  
  • National Community College Hispanic Council  
  • National Council on Black American Affairs 

See the text of the joint statement for more information.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

4. The Community College Caucus (CCC) held a briefing Aug. 7 to review federal grant opportunities for community colleges. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, as well as the National Science Foundation and the Council for Resource Development (an AACC Affiliated Council) summarized key programs and initiatives and answered questions from the more than 50 Congressional staff that attended the event. The purpose of the CCC is to raise awareness within the House of Representatives about the unique role of community colleges within higher education. The CCC continues to grow; now comprising more than 200 Congressional members. See www.aacc.nche.edu for a list of members and more information.
AACC Contact: David Baime

5. Nearly four years after the original deadline, on July 31st both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, H.R. 4137, the "Higher Education Opportunity Act."  The conference legislation now goes to President Bush for signature.  AACC will soon be forwarding to its members a summary of this mammoth legislation, which establishes (but does not fund) many positive new programs and contains raft of new institutional reporting requirements.  The text of this legislation can be found by clicking here.
AACC Contact: David Baime

 

Program Initiatives

6. Is your college on the President's higher education community service honor roll? Join the growing number of community colleges that have achieved this designation through excellence in service learning and community engagement activities.  The application deadline for the 2008 Honor Roll is Sept. 23.  The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service's Learn and Serve America program, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and Campus Compact. View Web site or via email or 202/606-3222.
AACC Contact: Gail Robinson

7. The school and college planning and management magazine announces its call for proposals for the 2008-09 Green Educational Design Showcase. Their unique program will showcase complete projects, but unlike other showcases that are judged solely on whole building design, these projects will be judged on individual elements and innovative solutions that helped institutions get to green (LEED, CHPS or other certifications not required). The goal is to recognize innovation, share best practices and provide schools and colleges access to inspirational ideas in green design.  Award winning projects will appear in the November issues of School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management. For more information, please view pdf.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

8. A new Fulbright program in Russia for community college faculty is being offered by the U.S .Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The program goal is to develop new curricula and introduce innovative pedagogy that imparts a global perspective into courses at colleges/universities in both the U.S. and Russia and to assist student exchanges.  Among subject fields are: TEFL methodology and teacher training; health care, including nursing, dental hygiene, and physical therapy; computer and information sciences; economics, adult/continuing education and others. The length of the grant will be 3-10 months. Starting date is September 2009 or February 2010 for one-semester grants; September 2009 for academic year grants. Grantees will be affiliated with institutions in Russia that are interested in the community college model. For more, see view the Web site or contact CIES Assistant Director Muriel Joffe or 202/686-6249. Application deadline is Oct. 1.
AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

 

New Resources

9. Public Agenda's students face up to the natoins finances initiative provides a package of learning materials (readings, film slides, Web-based components, discussion guides, an essay contest and surveys) designed to raise students' awareness of our national fiscal challenges (our $9.5-trillion-and-growing national debt and its causes and potentially calamitous consequences) and engage students across the nation in a discussion of the solutions. The materials can be adopted as mini-courses within existing classes or used by student organizations on campuses. Public Agenda requests that faculty or student groups using the materials contact them to inform them of their participation, direct any questions and provide feedback in the form of essays, survey results and blogs to the Public Agenda Web site. For more information, contact Andrew Yarrow, 202/719-9777.
AACC Contact: Norma Kent

10. A new report to eb released Aug. 21 by the National Wildlife Federation gives a close-up look at environmental management and sustainability activities at U.S. colleges and universities. "Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education -- Trends and New Developments in Leadership, Academics and Operations" will be officially released at a 1 p.m. (EDT) national press teleconference on the release date. The study, for which AACC was a co-sponsor, includes responses from more than 1,060 campuses describing exemplary programs and national trends relating to campus sustainability -- from energy conservation to themed coursework. More information will be posted on the AACC Website about the report/event or contact David Eagan, survey project coordinator at DJEagan@wisc.edu or 608/249-0409.
AACC Contact: Norma Kent

11. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has released its annual comprehensive demographic study, which provides an in-depth look at the enormous impact that public Historically Black Colleges and Universities make in their local, regional, statewide and national communities. Viewed as the leading source for information on the public HBCUs beyond IPEDS data, the report is a critical source for grant writing, research and studying trends for new program development. See the full report online.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

12. AACC is pleased to announce the release of "Teaching by Choice: Community Colleges Expand K-12 STEM Pathways and Practices," a report that includes recommendations for community college practice in post-baccalaureate teacher education and professional development programs for current and future K–12 teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The information was generated during AACC's ‘Teaching by Choice: Beyond 2+2’ conference. The conference was convened in partnership with the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) and supported by the National Science Foundation. The report is available online.
AACC Contact: Faith San Felice

13. A new Institute of International Eduaction (IIE) briefing paper examines the growth in rates of academic exchange programs between countries, including historical trends shaping these statistics. The paper also presents the current state of U.S.-China educational exchange and documents the variety of study abroad program offerings and existing funding opportunities for American students wishing to study or conduct research in China. Download the report.
AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

 

Events and Services

 

14. September is always one of the best times of hte year to visit the Nation's capital, with the packed legislative agenda and milder autumn weather. Join us Sept. 21-23 on Capitol Hill for an insider's view of how Washington works.  AACC's Washington Institute has been designed for community college officials who want to increase their effectiveness in securing additional federal resources and influencing legislation. Learn how to boost media coverage and contribute to the public policy debates that shape the federal agenda. Make your reservations now! Further details, including registration information, are available on the AACC Website.
AACC Contact: Laurie Quarles

15. The North Carolina community college system announces its call for proposals and vendors for its 2009 Minority Male Mentoring Conference, scheduled April 8-10 in Durham, N.C.  The conference theme is “A Move towards Change, Inclusion, Leadership, and Success.”   The deadline for submitting proposals is Sept. 12.  For more information review the attached documents or contact Monty Hickman.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian

16. The next AACC comissions meeting will be held Nov. 12-13 as part of the 2008 fall meetings at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information about meeting logistics, including information on reserving hotel rooms and a schedule of events.
AACC Contact: Tavia Cummings

17. Registration is open for the eighth International Research Conference on Service Learning and Community Engagement, Oct. 25-28 in New Orleans. The conference features K-12, higher ed and community-based researchers and practitioners sharing new knowledge and outcomes about student, faculty, institutional and community engagement.   Visit Web site for online registration and information.
AACC Contact: Gail Robinson

18. One week remains to register for AACC's trip to China led by AACC President George Boggs. The trip, scheduled in Beijing Oct 17-20 and in Nanjing and Shanhai Oct 20-25, is designed for presidents and senior administrators to promote understanding and encourage development of partnerships with the Chinese Educational Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) vocational and technical institutions. Participants can join the Beijing portion of the trip or participate in both the Beijing and post-Beijing activities. For more, see Web site.
AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

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