October 26, 2018 | Issue # 125
This week, I was thrilled to participate in a joint meeting of AACC and AASA, The School Superintendent’s Association, to discuss college readiness, with a focus on dual enrollment. AACC has been collaborating with AASA since 2014 and, as AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech pointed out, there’s been a change in the culture in that time. K–12 and community college leaders are engaging in more meaningful partnerships that are leading to positive outcomes for students. We really appreciate Scott Stump, assistant secretary of career, technical and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education, for joining us for this very important meeting. Thank you to all those who participated in this latest AACC/AASA meeting.
AACC, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, also welcomed about 850 people to Washington, DC, this week for the annual Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference. We’re celebrating 25 years of ATE, which continues to improve and expand educational programs for technicians to work in high-tech, STEM fields that drive the U.S. economy. Due to my having to be in New York for a meeting of the AACC Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, I am appreciative of Dr. George Boggs, president emeritus of AACC, for stepping in for me. I understand the program was terrific.
Dual enrollment has helped to sustain many community colleges that are experiencing drops in enrollment because students are opting to work in the strong economy instead of attending college. Read about the effects of the rise of dual enrollment in this CC Daily article.
Community colleges are making efforts to move past the state higher ed funding crisis. Learn more in the latest issue of Community College Journal.
A new space at a Texas college provides students with services to meet their non-academic needs. Get the details at the AACC 21st Century Center.
The Teagle Foundation has launched two new funding initiatives: Education for American Civic Life and Pathways to the Liberal Arts. Grant requests for all three initiatives on a rolling basis. Check out the application guidelines and submit a brief 3-5 page concept paper to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AACC is accepting session proposals for the 99th Annual Convention until October 31, 5:00 p.m. (ET). Proposals should reflect the best thinking in the field informed by outcomes that demonstrate success. Carefully read the guidelines before submitting your proposal. The convention will take place April 13–16, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.
The John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute (FLI) at AACC’s Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is designed for workforce and economic development and continuing education professionals who want to advance their careers. It will take place January 29–30, 2019, in San Diego. The institute offers participants the opportunity to engage in dialogue with experienced community college leaders and experts in workforce training. Register now.
I participated in the joint AACC/AASA meeting in Washington, DC, October 21-22, along with a number of community college and K-12 leaders. Also included in this group were several members of the AACC Board of Directors, including Midlands Technical College President Ronald Rhames, Clark State Community College President Jo Alice Blondin, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, College of Southern Maryland President Maureen Murphy, and San Diego Miramar President Patricia Hsieh. We are pictured with Scott Stump, assistant secretary of career, technical and adult education at the U.S. Education Department.