November 20, 2017 | Issue # 101
“Busy” doesn’t even begin to describe last week. AACC and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, partnered on our seventh meeting on college readiness. On Monday, November 13, I participated in the first meeting of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, led by Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. AACC also held its annual Fall Meeting, during which our board of directors and commissions gathered, as well as the first meeting of Pathways 2.0 participants. Despite the hectic schedule, it was exhilarating to be surrounded by so many people dedicated to advancing the success of our colleges and the students they serve. During this time of giving thanks, I must say I am grateful to all of you for the work you do.
On behalf of the AACC Board of Directors, the staff, and myself, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
During a meeting set by the American Association of Community Colleges and AASA, The School Superintendents Association to discuss college readiness, Martha Kanter said students in apprenticeships and dual-enrollment programs could benefit from Promise programs. Read more in CC Daily.
Two faculty members from Borough of Manhattan Community College discuss how using open educational resources has saved students money and helped them to better engage with the materials, in the AACC 21st Century Center.
AACC recognizes the importance of onboarding for new CEOs. We’re pleased to offer a day-and-a-half program, “A Focus on Success for the First 365 days of the Presidency: An Onboarding Seminar.” The program is designed for new CEOs and the college’s board chair. It will be held in Washington, DC, February 15–16, 2018. Details are available here.
AACC is compiling a catalog of Registered and Recognized Apprenticeship programs. You can share information about your program here. Registered Apprenticeship programs are those programs that have met national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or an approved State Apprenticeship Agency). Currently, AACC is defining Recognized Apprenticeship programs as those that have been designated and recognized at your college as apprenticeships. The U.S. Department of Labor has not issued a formal definition for Recognized Apprenticeship programs. AACC will be working with the department to give colleges additional guidelines for this category.
AACC and ACCT sent a joint message to elected officials with regard to the impact of the proposed tax bills on community colleges and their students.
Registration is now open for the 98th Annual AACC Convention. We hope you’ll join us in Dallas, Texas, April 28–May 1, 2018. Go to the convention website to get information on pre-convention sessions, speakers, and more.
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence is November 30, by 5:00 p.m. (ET). Nominations will be accepted in the following categories: Advancing Diversity, Exemplary Board/CEO Relationship, Community College Safety Planning and Leadership, Faculty Innovation, Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership, and Student Success.
The new AACC Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition has been established to recognize faculty members making a difference in the community college classroom. AACC will accept one faculty nomination from each member college. Distinguished Faculty recipients will be honored at a private reception on April 29 at the AACC Annual Convention. They also will receive a 15% discount off of the current faculty registration rate for the convention, a custom commemorative medal, and more. Nomination deadline: February 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
The registration deadline AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute (Roueche-FLI) is November 24, 2017. Roueche-FLI, which is aimed at mid-level administrators, will take place December 3–6, 2017, in Washington, DC. Funding is available to help cover the cost of the institute.
The 2018 Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) will be held July 21–24 in Dana Point, California. PASI is an annual professional development program for presidents and CEOs of member community colleges, providing intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position.
Planning has begun for AACC’s 100th Anniversary. The planning committee, which includes legends and leaders in our sector, met on Friday, November 17.
I had the privilege of attending the first meeting of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion on November 13.
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