June 12, 2015 | Issue # 040
AACC recognizes the significance of President Obama's America's College Promise (ACP) initiative. On June 10, at the request of the White House and former Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, AACC staff and I attended an ACP strategy session with community college leaders Dr. Gail Mellow, Dr. Joe May, Dr. Eduardo Padron, and Tom Snyder, as well as ACCT President and CEO Noah Brown. Details on how your institution can play a role in advocating for free community college tuition for responsible students are forthcoming.
“On Similar Paths Toward HEA?”
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate committee in charge of crafting a bill to rework the Higher Education Act (HEA), said that he aims to have draft legislation ready by September. Alexander has confidence that both parties can work together on HEA. Read more in Community College Daily.
“Accelerated Learning Program Improves Remediation”
Students taking developmental and gateway courses during the same semester are twice as likely to pass both courses, research shows. The Community College of Baltimore County created a model that works. Read the 21st Century Center article.
The Changing Face of Students
Minorities comprise a majority of first-time community college students. Check it out in DataPoints.
AACC's 2015 Survey of Community College CEOs
AACC invites you to participate in the 2015 Survey of Community College CEOs. Topics include information AACC will share on CEO compensation, as well as perspectives on key issues of today. Your responses will remain confidential and only be released in aggregate form. The survey should not take more than 15–20 minutes. Please complete the survey by June 22.
On June 4–5, I was in Dallas, Texas, to co-preside over the second meeting of AACC and AASA, the School Superintendents Association to discuss college readiness. The full list of attendees is online.
Find out where else I've been.