May 1, 2015 | Issue # 037
It was great to see so many of you in San Antonio at the 95th Annual Convention. I hope you returned to your campus with tons of new information and ideas. We are already planning our 2016 convention, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois. In the meantime, we’ve got plenty of other events planned to keep you engaged, including the Presidents Academy Summer Institute in July and the next round of High Performance Team Training in September.
Reaching the Completion Goal
As the nation hits the midpoint of its timeline to increase completion rates, a new AACC study projects it is likely that community colleges will come close to reaching that goal. At a Super Spotlight session at AACC’s convention, college leaders spoke about the challenges they face in reaching the completion goal, and the lessons they’ve learned. Read more in Community College Daily.
Financial Capability Initiative
President Obama recently issued a Presidential Proclamation committing the administration to renew its efforts to support individuals in making “informed financial decisions that will open doors into the middle class and help ensure economic security for all.” Learn what you can do to improve the financial capability of your students and how to share your college’s promising practices and learning points in this letter from Mark Mitsui, deputy assistant secretary for community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education.
AACC Updates Top Legislative Priorities
Visit AACC’s website to find updated information about our top legislative priorities, which include funding priorities, support for the Pell Grant program, the Higher Education Act reauthorization, President Obama's America's College Promise proposal, and more.
“How to Use VFA Data Effectively”
Data are key to helping colleges calculate completion rates and better gauge student success, but not all data systems in use translate for community colleges. The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) solves the inconsistent data problem and helps advance state and national conversations. Read about it in the 21st Century Center.
MUST WATCHRelive the AACC Convention
Check out this video that features highlights from the 2015 AACC Convention.
Apply to Join an AACC Commission
If you’re interested in being more engaged with AACC, apply to join one of AACC’s six commissions. The deadline to apply has been extended to May 8. Go online to learn more about the commissions, and to access an application.
Send an Emerging Leader to FLI
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.
Take Advantage of High Performance Team Training
Letters of interest are being accepted for AACC’s next round of High Performance Team Training. The next training will take place September 20–23, 2015, in Houston, Texas.
I was in San Antonio, Texas, April 16-21 for the AACC Annual Convention.
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