August 23, 2019 | Issue # 144
As you know, AACC will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020. The theme for our annual convention is “100 Forward.” We’ll be looking back at those significant moments in our history, but also setting a vision for the next 5 years. Next year’s convention has been designed with you and all of your employees in mind. We will offer four mini-conferences (faculty, mid-manager, senior administrators, and CEOs) where individuals can learn from their peers.
We hope you’ll be part of the big celebration from March 28–30, at National Harbor, Maryland. Registration will open September 6, and in honor of our birthday for every five members of your team that register, the sixth base registration is free. In the meantime, we encourage you to submit a session proposal. Details are provided in the “Must Do” section.
A new report on recent 4-year college graduates in Michigan shows that a significant number of them attended a community college on their way toward a baccalaureate. And though a substantial number of them started at a community college before transferring to a four-year institution, many also took summer courses or concurrent courses at community colleges. The report illustrates how much students “swirl” among various higher education institutions before attaining a bachelor’s degree. Read more in CC Daily.
Community colleges are working to meet the increasing demand for mental health services nationwide. Learn what some colleges are doing in this Community College Journal article.
This week, I participated in a webinar hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education examining why increasing retention and postsecondary graduation rates among students of color is so important for students and the nation.
The Call for Proposals for the 100th AACC Annual Convention is now open. The 2020 convention agenda will include traditional and interactive sessions. More than 250 sessions will be organized into four mini-conventions. Faculty, mid-managers, senior administrators, and CEOs will all have their own space to engage with and learn from their peers. Click here for more information. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 29. Proposals may only be submitted by AACC members.
I was pleased to welcome Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College, to our offices on Friday, August 23.