April 3, 2015 | Issue # 035
April is Community College Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to let others know about the great work happening at your institutions to improve the lives of students—and to improve the national economy. Spread the word: Community colleges are the best investment in the country.
“The Importance of Character for College Success”
Successfully maneuvering through college takes conscientiousness, responsibility, determination, and perseverance, according to René Díaz-Lefebvre, a professor of psychology at Glendale Community College in Arizona. He also served as a member of Team 9 of the 21st-Century Implementation Initiative. Visit the 21st Century Center to read more about how these factors can contribute to college success.
“Painting a Clearer Picture”
Most national measurements look at completion from a traditional 4-year perspective. Community colleges need better data and success definitions to create narratives based on actual student pathways and outcomes, writes Rick Torres, president and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse and a member of AACC’s board of directors. Read more in Community College Daily.
House, Senate Pass Budget Resolutions
The House and Senate passed their respective FY 16 budget resolutions, which set top-line funding levels for government spending in the coming year, and lays out a plan for the next 10 fiscal years. Get the details on AACC’s website.
Register for PASI
AACC’s Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) will provide an intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to the role of presidents and CEOs of community colleges. The 2015 PASI will be held July 18–21 in Austin, Texas.
Send an Emerging Leader for Professional Development
The AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, or Roueche–FLI, is an innovative leadership seminar designed for mid-level community college administrators who are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. The 2015 Roueche–FLI will be held June 21–25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On June 21, a preconference workshop will be held, Getting to the Corner Office: Women in Leadership.
I was in New Orleans on March 24, where I was honored to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. On March 30, I provided a keynote speech via Skype to the Guilford Technical Community College President’s Leadership Seminar.
Find out where else I've been.