February 21, 2014 | Issue # 007
This week, I met with AACC staff to discuss the upcoming AACC Annual Convention. It's less than 6 weeks away, and we're excited to have the opportunity to showcase our city, Washington, DC. I hope you've registered for this event because we've got some great speakers and sessions scheduled for you, including the launch of the 21st-Century Implementation Guide.
Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges
This new report released this week by AACC shows that community colleges are a boon to the American economy at large and to the individual student. In 2012 alone, the net total impact of community colleges on the U.S. economy was $809 billion in added income, equal to 5.4% of GDP. Learn more in the report, compiled by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.
2014 Outstanding Alumni and Leadership Award Recipients Named
The Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are, in fact, truly outstanding. Find out who the six award recipients are. We've also selected three accomplished individuals to receive the AACC Leadership Award. The awards will be presented at the AACC Annual Convention in Washington, DC, April 5–8, 2014.
IRS Releases Final Regulations on Adjunct Faculty
The U.S. Department of Treasury released final regulations relating to the measurement of the work effort of adjunct faculty under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IRS regulations directly address the complex and contentious issue of how to measure adjunct faculty effort. The IRS decision largely reflects positions taken by AACC in its formal comments to the IRS, informal conversations with Treasury officials, and related advocacy. Read about the final regulations at AACC’s website.
Apply for New DOL Grant
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is now accepting proposals for new grants to help those who have been out of work for 6 months or longer return to work in middle- and high-skill jobs. The $150 million Ready to Work grant competition will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations (including community colleges) and public workforce systems to build a pipeline of skilled workers, according to the department. Up to 30 colleges will be awarded grants ranging from $3 million to $10 million. The deadline to apply is June 19, 2014.
Join an AACC Commission
Nominations are being accepted for institutional members to join AACC’s commissions. The commissions provide a forum to discuss important issues and offer an opportunity to provide advice to the AACC Board and staff. Institutional nominees are appointed for 3-year terms. Nomination deadline: April 28.
Today, I represented AACC at the White House for a listening session with Senior Administration officials from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The focus of the meeting was sexual assault at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. Find out where else I've been.