March 27, 2020 | Issue # 159
I hope that you are adapting to this new normal with social distancing. As I have said since March 3, our country is facing unprecedented times in the battle against COVID-19. As we continued to digest all of the information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, our community colleges began the arduous process of adapting all of their programs to be delivered online. It is my sincerest hope that your students remain safe, and that they continue to receive your support during this very difficult time for our country.
I also want to thank all the colleges that have donated personal protective equipment and loaned ventilators and other essential equipment to their local health care providers. Community colleges are known for giving back to their communities and that has been especially highlighted during this crisis.
Lastly, while AACC staff is also social distancing, please know that we are here to support you. Our team is working virtually to serve you and/or to connect you to resources where you can receive answers to your questions or have your concerns addressed. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our AACC team via email during this time. We are always here for you.
The Senate late Wednesday passed a massive compromise stimulus bill, which includes nearly $14 billion for higher education. For community colleges, the core of the bill is $30.75 billion provided for education, with $13.95 billion allocated to higher education. About 90% of those funds will be provided through formula grants to institutions. Learn more in CC Daily.
As community college campuses close, on-campus housing remains open for some students who have nowhere else to go. Read more at the AACC 21st Century Center.
AACC has compiled a list of articles that may help you keep up with the rapidly changing situation. You can find it on our website here. We’ll be updating this page as new information comes in.
Today is the deadline to cancel your AACC convention registration. If you don’t reach out regarding cancelling your base registration, it will be automatically applied to 2021 registration. Learn more here.
AACC has nine commissions, which were established to provide advice to the AACC board and staff and to encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations. Interested in serving on a commission? AACC is now accepting applications. CEOs, vice presidents/vice chancellors, associate/assistant vice presidents/vice chancellors, and provosts from AACC member colleges are eligible to apply. Appointments range from 1 to 3 years. Commissions meet twice a year. The deadline to submit applications is June 1, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. (ET).