June 2, 2017 | Issue # 089
There is much uncertainty right now about funding for higher education at the state and federal levels, but there’s little doubt that legislators on both sides of aisle understand the power of Pell. Recently, the opens in a new windowPell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act was introduced in Congress. It would ensure fiscal stability for the Pell Grant program and increase the maximum award. AACC opens in a new windowfully endorses this bill, and we encourage you to voice your support, too.
The National Governors Association encouraged congressional appropriators not to cut funding for career and technical education and job training programs. Read about it in opens in a new windowCC Daily.
According to a survey by New America, Americans appear to have a strong positive view of community colleges in regards to their importance to the workforce, value, and ability to prepare students for success. Get a deeper look at the survey results in this opens in a new windowChronicle of Higher Education article, and this opens in a new windowCC Daily article.
Community college students will learn coding and app design through a new Apple initiative. Learn about it in this opens in a new window21st Century Center post.
As you know, President Trump released his FY 2018 budget proposal last week. It includes significant cuts to federal student aid programs as well as to programs that fund agencies that provide funding to college programs. You can read my statement on the budget proposal opens in a new windowhere.
Get reenergized at the AACC opens in a new windowPresidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI). This annual professional development program for CEOs and presidents of member community colleges focuses on issues of critical importance to success in the role of the community college president. Join AACC in New York City, July 22–25. This year’s theme is “The Stories We Tell.” Register now.
Summer is a great time for you to send your staff to AACC’s John E. Roueche opens in a new windowFuture Leaders Institute (Roueche-FLI) or opens in a new windowFuture Presidents Institute (FPI). Both will take place soon: June 25–28 in Washington, DC. Roueche-FLI is for mid-level administrators. FPI is perfect for senior leaders aspiring to the community college presidency.
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is now a part of your membership. opens in a new windowActivate today and become part of a community focused on using data for institutional improvement. VFA is the only national system and data tool with comprehensive measures of community college performance. It’s easy to activate and lend your voice to the national discussion of student success in community colleges.
On May 25, I was pleased to deliver the commencement address at Prince George’s Community College (Largo, Maryland).
On June 1, I delivered a pre-recorded message to the attendees of the Florida Council of Presidents Meeting (St. Augustine, Florida).
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