April 7, 2015 | Issue #844
POLICY and ADVOCACY
1. COMMUNITY COLLEGE AWARENESS MONTH
April is Community College Awareness Month. Let others know about the great work happening at your institutions to improve the lives of students—and to improve the national economy. AACC Contact: Martha Parham
2. AGENCIES RELEASE PROPOSED WIOA REGULATIONS
On April 3, five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) governing implementation and administration of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) were posted on the Federal Register website. The regulations include specific regulatory proposals, as well as key questions posed to the field for response. Individuals or organizations that wish to comment on the proposed rules must do so online by June 15, 2015. AACC will post more information on these regulations in the coming weeks. AACC Contact: Jim Hermes
EVENTS and SERVICES
3. REGISTER FOR PASI
The AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) is an annual professional development program for CEOs and presidents of community colleges, providing intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. PASI will be held July 18–21, 2015, in Austin, Texas. AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch
4. MOVE YOUR CAREER FORWARD
Gain the skills and insights you need to move your career forward at AACC’s John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, to be held June 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, take part in a special preconference session designed for women leaders: Getting to the Corner Office: Women in Leadership. AACC Contact: Jennifer Tinch
5. GET ON THE HONOR ROLL
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. Apply for the 2015 Honor Roll by May 5, 5:00 p.m. (ET). AACC Contact: David Baime
NEWS and SOCIAL NETWORKING
6. “FORGING STRONG LEADERSHIP”
Jamillah Moore, Cindy Miles, and Helen Benjamin didn’t set out to become heads of community colleges. They came to their positions in very different ways. Read about their journeys in Community College Daily.
AACC Contact: Matt Dembicki
7. “APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REPORTS SUCCESS”
Chattanooga State Community College, in Tennessee, works in partnership with Volkswagen to train students to use specific Volkswagen operating procedures are reporting success. The 3-year program has 25 graduates already, and two classes of 12 students set to begin in the fall. Read more in the 21st Century Center. AACC Contact: Martha Parham
8. CREATING A GREEN TALENT PIPELINE
AACC’s SEED Center is hosting a free webinar, “A State System Approach to Creating a Green Talent Pipeline,” on May 6, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Learn how a statewide consortium created 32 certificates and degrees and 180 online courses within industry clusters like architecture and agriculture with core sustainability-related outcomes.
AACC Contact: Todd Cohen
9. NOMINATE A PROFESSOR
The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program celebrates outstanding instructors across the country. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education. Deadline for nominations: April 13, 2015.
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore
10. INCREASING OUTCOMES FOR HISPANICS
September will mark the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In commemoration, the initiative launched the Anniversary Year of Action: Fulfilling America’s Future and is calling for commitments to action that make a meaningful and quantifiable contribution to increase and support outcomes for Hispanics. To learn more, join a webinar on April 8, 2:00 p.m. (ET).
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz
OPPORTUNITIES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
11. STEM SUCCESS FOR WOMEN: FREE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Community college educators are invited to attend a free “STEM Success for Women” virtual conference where the focus is on empowering educators to recruit and retain female students in STEM programs hosted by the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn recruitment and retention secrets from 11 of the country’s top women and STEM education experts and practitioners. The virtual conference takes place April 13–16, 2015. AACC Contact: Ellen Hause
12. SUBMIT YOUR EXAMPLES OF EXCELENCIA
Examples of Excelencia is the only national data-driven initiative focused on identifying and recognizing programs/departments with evidenced-based practices that increase Latino student success in higher education. Submit nominations for Examples of Excelencia 2015 by April 24.
AACC Contact: Jolanta Juszkiewicz
13. FLUID POWER LAB GRANTS
The National Fluid Power Association Education and Technology Foundation is currently accepting applications from community colleges in certain states for fluid power laboratory grants. The grants, up to $25,000 each, will be given to establish hydraulic and pneumatic training labs at technical schools. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. (CT).
AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore
14. THE 2015 HEED AWARD APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
Community colleges are being invited to submit applications for the 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. HEED is the only national award that recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campus. Honorees will be announced in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Contact Lenore Pearlstein with additional questions. Deadline to apply: June 15, 2015.
AACC Contact: Kevin Christian
15. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR LGBTQ LEADERS
The LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education: Shaping Our Futures Conference is a first-of-its-kind conference is for LGBTQ administrators in higher education, as well was early professionals considering or desiring to be college administrators. The conference will be held June 26–28, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, and will be presented by the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. AACC Contact: Kevin Christian
16. ACCELERATE YOUR INTERNATIONALIZATION STRATEGY
The Asia–Pacific Forum for Technical and Community College Educators will feature higher educational officials from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Learn about the educational systems, curricula in demand, and interest in mobility. The forum is hosted by Community Colleges for International Development. It will take place July 10–13, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. AACC Contact: Wayne Wheeler
17. CONNECT2COMPLETE RESOURCE GUIDE
Newly released data from the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University shows that Campus Compact's Connect2Complete (C2C) program offers a promising strategy for retaining community college developmental education students and increasing their civic skills and awareness. The C2C Resource Guide has been developed to help colleges adopt the C2C model. Order the guide online, or download a free copy. AACC Contact: Tammy Reichelt
18. MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH CARPOOLING
SRide is a trusted social carpooling app for connecting people within a community. The app can help students and staff share the cost of travel and increase mobility, and help colleges increase enrollment and reduce traffic, parking needs, and carbon footprint. sRide is looking to partner with community colleges to provide this service to their community at no cost and potential revenue sharing models. AACC Contact: Angel Royal
19. WHAT ARE YOUR COLLEGE’S VOTING RATES?
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates, as well as a closer examination of campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting. Nearly 600 campuses are currently participating. Community colleges are invited to join the study. AACC Contact: Kevin Christian
20. PARTNER WITH CIVSA
The Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association (CIVSA) partners with higher education professionals to set standards of excellence in the field of information and visitor services. CIVSA is looking to partner with community colleges. New members who join in April get 2 months free. Also, register for the CIVSA conference, June 3–6, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee. AACC Contact: Tabitha Whissemore