May 26, 2020 | Issue # 163
Like you, AACC is working on its reopening plan, knowing full well that things could change rapidly. The unknown is difficult to navigate. As I have said previously related to the pandemic, leaders have to be willing to embrace ambiguity. I’ve read countless articles lately predicting what the future of higher education might look like, but the truth is, no one really knows what the next few months or years will hold. We can only make decisions based upon the information we have now, and as long as we keep in mind our mission to serve students and our communities, we will get through this.
Unlike other sectors, community colleges serve a vital role in developing our workforce. While this is a different challenge for our institutions, community colleges are resilient, and I am convinced that our colleges and students will come out of this COVID-19 era stronger than ever.
“A Kansas College’s Comeback Plan”
On May 18, Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) had a “soft” opening at all of its locations, but it wasn’t business as usual. Read about it in this CC Daily article.
“Reviving a Nursing Education Program”
At a Massachusetts community college, faculty and staff turned around a struggling nursing program. Find out more in this AACC 21st Century Center blog post.
On May 13, AACC hosted a webinar on the new Title IX regulations. If you missed the webinar, you can listen to it and view the slides here.
The latest episode of the Community College Voice podcast focuses on dual enrollment. I talked with Dallas County Community College District Chancellor Joe May, Brown Deer School District Superintendent Deborah Kerr, and AACC Director of Professional Development & Student Success Strategies Tammy Reichelt. Listen here.
Apply to Be on an AACC Commission by June 1
Interested in serving on one of AACC’s nine commissions? 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 by 5:00 p.m. (ET).