September 6, 2019 | Issue # 145
This week, I welcomed several community college leaders to AACC’s offices for a discussion on addressing equity issues on campus. It was our third meeting as part of AACC’s Unfinished Business initiative. These conversations are often uncomfortable, but we must examine equity gaps in order to improve student success for all students. You can read about the meeting here.
Thank you to those who participated in this meeting. I look forward to hearing more voices as we continue these important discussions.
Owens Community College President Steve Robinson is pushing back against the community college stigma. Read about the #EndCCStigma campaign in CC Daily.
Community college police training programs bolster the quantity and quality of recruits. Learn more in this Community College Journal article.
AACC is now accepting nominations for its board of directors. AACC member CEOs can self-nominate or nominate another member CEO. The nominee’s name, title, and contact information should be sent to Dr. Angel Royal. The deadline for making all nominations is October 4, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Learn more about the board here.
AACC is working with the American Council on Education and other higher education groups to urge congressional leaders to pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers. We encourage community colleges that support this position to sign on to this letter by September 13.
Registration for the 100th Annual AACC Convention will open September 11. The convention will be held March 28–30, 2020, at National Harbor, Maryland. While you’re registering, check out the Call for Proposals, which closes October 29 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Nominations also are being accepted for the AACC Leadership Award, the Outstanding Alumni Awards, and the AACC Awards of Excellence.
Do you know a faculty member who goes above and beyond to help students? Submit that person for the Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition. Submissions will be accepted until October 25, 5:00 p.m. (ET).
AACC is conducting a regional Pathways Workshop in Denver, Colorado, on October 2. Topics to be addressed include the guided pathways model; case making and leadership for large-scale institutional change; strategies for campus-wide engagement in considering, designing, and implementing pathways at scale; and approaches to planning the work. Learn more here.
Joining the Unfinished Business discussion at AACC’s offices on Wednesday, September 4 were a few past and present AACC board members. Pictured with me (L to R): Cedar Valley College President Joseph Seabrooks, Arkansas State University–Newport Chancellor Sandra Massey, Linn-Benton Community College President Greg Hamann, Anne Arundel Community College President Dawn Lindsay, and Jackson College President Dan Phelan.