August 9, 2019 | Issue # 143
This week, I’ve gotten the opportunity to get to know the newest members of the AACC Board of Directors at our annual board retreat. The retreat gave us a chance to discuss strengthening board culture and reconfirm our commitment to inquiry and inclusion. We also received an update on the U.S. Department of Education’s priorities, talked with U.S. Department of Labor Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella, and heard about the work of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. In addition, we spent time talking about the AACC Unfinished Business initiative and how community colleges are working to close the equity gap. It was an incredibly productive meeting and I’m grateful to the board members in attendance.
I’d like to thank Past Board Chair Sandra Kurtinitis for her leadership over the past year, and welcome current Board Chair Alex Johnson. He and the board will help take AACC into its 100th year.
The shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, didn’t occur at community colleges, but their effects rippled across college campuses. Read more in CC Daily.
In New Jersey, a pilot program that enables qualifying students to attend classes tuition free is aiding student success. Learn about it at the AACC 21st Century Center.
Are you an AACC Commissioner? You can now register for the AACC Fall Meeting. The meeting will be held November 12–15 in Arlington, Virginia.
Registration is open for the 2020 Presidents Academy Summer Institute. It will be held July 11–14 in Dana Point, California.
U.S. Department of Labor Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella spoke with the AACC Board of Directors on August 8.