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 CEO to CEO Newsletter 

October 2, 2015 | Issue # 048

Yesterday, a tragedy occurred at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. We are all deeply saddened by this violent attack, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. AACC issued a joint statement with ACCT, which can be read here.


“Duncan Steps Down After 7-year Term”
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced he will step down following a 7-year tenure. AACC appreciates Secretary Duncan’s tremendous support of community colleges and the many initiatives he championed during his tenure, including the American Graduation Initiative and America’s College Promise. Read more about Duncan and his successor in Community College Daily.

“Continued Dip in New College Grads”
The percent of community college students earning an associate degree as their first postsecondary credential dropped to 72% in 2013–14 from 77% in 2010–11. Those earning certificates as their first college credential also showed a drop. Get the details in Community College Daily.

“Creating Space for Student Success”
Austin Community College’s ACCelerator is a 32,000-square-foot learning lab that houses more than 600 desktop computer stations, classrooms, and study rooms. In this 21st Century Center article, ACC President and CEO Richard Rhodes discusses the ACCelerator’s successful first year.


Submit Nominations for the Awards of Excellence
Nominations for the AACC Awards of Excellence are now being accepted. The seven categories are: Emerging Leadership, Student Success, Faculty Innovation, Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership, Advancing Diversity, Exemplary CEO/Board Award, and Community College Safety Planning and Leadership. Winners will be announced on April 11, 2016, during the gala dinner at the annual convention in Chicago, Illinois. The deadline to submit nominations is November 30. 

Brag About Your Alumni
AACC is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Awards will be presented April 12, 2016, at the AACC Annual Convention. The deadline to submit nominations is November 30. 

Answer the Call for Proposals
The deadline to submit proposals for the 96th Annual AACC Convention is October 30. The convention will take place April 9–12, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. The theme is “Our Camelot Moment: A New Day for Community Colleges.”

Join VFA
Now in its third year of data collection, the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) continues to greatly improve college’s ability to do institutional assessment and useful accountability. The nearly 200 colleges that are VFA members use the data and tool in accreditation reporting, in response to external requests for information from press, board members, and legislators, and for institutional inquiry that directs strategic planning, practice, and improvement. Attend a VFA webinar to see a demo of the VFA and data tool or to hear case studies of using the VFA and its data.


Application Process for Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Opens Soon
Applications will open in early- to mid-October for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Cooke provides up to $40,000 annually to high-achieving students and recent alumni from community colleges or 2-year institutions who will pursue bachelor's degrees at 4-year institutions. Make sure that your campus has nominated a faculty representative, and also encourage students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others to visit the Cooke Foundation’s website for more information.  


On September 21, I welcomed attendees to AACC’s High Performance Team Training, which was hosted by Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. Later that day, I returned to Washington, DC, to meet with the partner organizations for the AACC Structured Pathways project. 

I joined ACCT President and CEO Noah Brown on September 30 for a Funder’s Briefing in New York hosted by the Ford Foundation. Also in attendance were representatives from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, USAFunds, Lumina Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   

Find out where else I've been.


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