October 6, 2015 | Issue #850
POLICY and ADVOCACY
1. MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR UCC
We ask that your college participate in a National Moment of Silence in honor of the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College. Please join us this Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. (PT)/2:00 p.m. (ET) in observing a moment of silence. As a show of solidarity and support for our friends and colleagues who are working tirelessly to pick up the pieces on the UCC campus, please use the #IamUCC hashtag and share your support via social media. Please encourage your students, staff, and faculty to participate in these efforts and let’s show Umpqua that we all stand with them as they begin the process of healing their campus community. AACC Contact: Martha Parham
2. COLLEGE SCORECARD ANALYSIS
The release of the Obama administration’s revised College Scorecard has key implications for community colleges. AACC’s Scorecard analysis is designed to help college leaders better understand the Scorecard, related data, and its implications. AACC Contact: David Baime
EVENTS and SERVICES
3. APPLY FOR ROUECHE–FLI
Apply now for the AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute to be held November 15–19, 2015, in Washington, DC. Gain the skills and insights you need to move your career forward. Bring back ready-to-implement ideas to your campus. Build your network with an intimate group of community college peers from around the United States. Sessions are led by leaders in the field. The John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Award and “Bring a Buddy” program are available to offset registration fees. AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch
4. OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED IN THE 96TH ANNUAL AACC CONVENTION
AACC’s annual convention will take place April 9–12, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. The theme is “Our Camelot Moment: A New Day for Community Colleges.” Registration will open October 19. Below are some ways you can participate in the convention.
AACC Contact: Angel Royal
5. LEARN ABOUT 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. AACC Contact: Bernadette Holloway
6. SOC NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW CTE REOURCE
A new opportunity is available to become associated with the Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges (SOC) through the career and technical education (CTE) resource. CTE will expand the current SOC portfolio to include a listing of certificates offered by degree-granting institutions and will benefit military education counselors, academic advisers, and servicemembers as a guide for identifying pathways to career and technical education. Applications to participate in SOC’s career and technical education program are now available online and will be accepted through October 15, 2015. Questions? E-mail Sonja Ferguson. AACC Contact: Tammy Reichelt
GRANTS and PARTNERSHIPS
7. APPLICATION PROCESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP OPENS SOON
Applications will open soon 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. AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore
NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING
8. “PR 101: PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SENIOR LEADERS”
An apparent hole in leadership training is a piece that helps prepare future leaders to handle some basic PR 101 tasks, from speaking in public and being part of a press conference, to recognizing a news story and managing press interviews. Read more in Community College Daily. AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki
9. “REVAMPING PLACEMENT TESTS AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION”
An entire state system embraced a new approach to remedial work. Read about it in the 21st Century Center.
AACC Contact: Martha Parham
10. INTEGRATING CBE AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Creating a competency-based education (CBE) program on campus is more than redesigning courses; a successful program requires a solid CBE framework that includes changes to your academic, administrative, and student support practices, policies and procedures. Join two of Blackboard’s CBE experts and a community college leader for a webinar on this topic on November 4 at 1:00 p.m. (ET). The discussion will highlight the nuts and bolts of CBE, negotiating the challenges a campus might encounter, and how CBE can make a positive impact on the community college constituency and its students. AACC Contact: Angel Royal
OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
11. GET RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR INTERNATIONALIZATION EFFORTS
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is accepting community college nominations for the 2016 Andrew Heiskell Awards in four categories: Internationalizing the Campus; Study Abroad; Best Practices in International Partnerships; and Internationalizing the HBCU or Community College Campus. Deadline: October 16, 2015.
AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler
12. EXPLORE HEALTH CAREERS
October 20 is Community College Day at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Community college students and faculty will have an opportunity to visit the NIH campus and learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. There will be career panels and students and faculty will learn about the latest research trends in various areas of health, attend professional development workshops and a networking luncheon. Registration is free. Contact Erika Barr with questions.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore
13. NSA DAY OF CYBER
Launching this November, the NSA Day of Cyber, sponsored by the National Security Agency, is an interactive, Web-based, self-guided cybersecurity career awareness experience that will be available for community college students to participate in for free. Students studying computer science, cybersecurity, language arts, health care, finance, and the humanities are encouraged to engage. The NSA Day of Cyber inspires students to pursue opportunities in these highly valued and in demand careers. Pre-register your institution online. E-mail your questions.
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss
14. MINORITY-SERVING COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO CONVENE
Your college is invited to participate in a national convening of minority-serving community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education. The event will take place November 16–17, 2015, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the event is to provide an interactive forum for institutions from across the country to exchange promising practices on student success and learn about federal programs for minority serving institutions.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian
15. A STAND AGAINST TOBACCO
The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative’s (TFCCI) 1Day Stand against tobacco will happen November 19. Host a 1Day Stand event on campus to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, and promote smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Signage, sample surveys, talking points, press releases, social media posts, etc. can be found online. AACC Contact: Roxanne Fulcher
16. NETWORK WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTANCE EDUCATION PRACTITIONERS
The Instructional Technology Council’s eLearning 2016 will take place in February 14–17 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Learn about best practices for teaching online, how to create successful online learning environments for student success, quality assurance, the latest technologies, and eLearning trends. Rio Salado College is the host institution. AACC Contact: Mary Heiss
17. PROMOTING CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative has launched an award competition to fund virtual exchanges that equip young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa to communicate with respect and understanding across diverse cultures and perspectives. Awards will range between $10,000 and $500,000, depending on the scope and scale of the proposed projects. Deadline to apply: November 12, 2015. AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler
18. TRAINING TO IMPROVE TEACHING, SUPPORT FOR YOUNG MEN OF COLOR
A new, large-scale online professional development training program in California aims to better prepare faculty at community colleges to teach young men of color. Lead by the co-directors of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), J. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III, the 1-week intensive training is designed to equip faculty with the tools needed to facilitate relationship-building to support men of color in the classroom. AACC Contact: Kevin Christian