ACCT members receive a number of exclusive benefits, including—to name only a few:
- Full board, president, and professional board staff subscriptions to the award-winning Trustee Quarterly magazine;
- Exclusive of-the-moment updates on federal legislation that stand to affect funding and policies at your college;
- Discounted attendance at the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, Community College National Legislative Summit, Governance Leadership Institutes, and other events;
- Disounts on ACCT publications—the go-to sources for information about community college governance;
- Exclusive educational opportunities;
- And more.
But perhaps the best way to know what ACCT does for our members is to read the association's annual state of the association report.
Download the current dues schedule and membership application.
A message from the ACCT President and CEO and Board Chair:
On behalf of the ACCT Board of Directors, we invite you to join the only national trustee association dedicated to representing the interests and meeting the needs of community college governing boards. As a way of thanking you for joining your peers by becoming an ACCT member institution, your membership benefits will begin immediately, and we will waive your dues until July 1.
With growing enrollments and a slow economy, now is the time to encourage, equip, and enable trustees to leverage positive attention on behalf of their colleges. ACCT has more than 40 years of experience leading, educating, and bringing together trustees so that they can learn from one another and speak at the national level with one powerful voice. Community colleges are receiving unprecedented attention at the national level, including nationwide enrollment increases and greater than ever federal-level support.
At the same time, community colleges throughout the country are taking on a new student success-driven community college agenda, including increasing student completion rates by 50% by 2020. To achieve this goal, colleges need the resources necessary to support this mandate. As the host of the first-ever Summit on Community College Completion this past October, ACCT is leading community college trustees from all across the country in this groundbreaking and imperative endeavor. Don’t let your college be left out of this absolutely vital process. The involvement of community college trustees is essential, and we must all stand together to make it work. Involvement with ACCT is critical to supporting governing boards’ leadership and advocacy needs.
Advocating on Your Behalf
As the voice of community college trustees in the nation’s capital, ACCT works on behalf of all community college boards, as well as the colleges and students they represent. The ability of the nation’s community college trustees to speak with one voice is critical to ensuring that your community receives the support and recognition from Washington that it deserves. Direct trustee advocacy is THE key to communicating priorities to elected officials. Trustees are regarded by Members of Congress as important links to the very same communities they are elected to serve.
As a result of your peers’ leadership through ACCT in 2010, we were successful in securing a major legislative triumph: funding for the Community College and Career Training Grant program in the health care and education reconciliation bill. To underscore the importance of community colleges in this process, the bill signing ceremony for the reconciliation bill took place at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). The reconciliation bill included the following items for community colleges and students:
- $36.1 billion for the Pell Grant program:
- o $13.5 billion to support the Pell Grant shortfall and
- o $22.6 billion to support continued increases in the Pell Grant maximum;
- $2 billion for the Community College and Career Training Grant program, $500 million for each of four years; and
- $2.55 billion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Minority-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges.
Even if your college was not an ACCT member college, your college has benefited from the investment made by your peer boards across the country from this available funding—but through participation in ACCT events and other ACCT resources, member trustees and presidents have a competitive edge when crafting proposals for such funding, as well as direct access to federal higher-education officials.
At the bill signing, President Barack Obama announced that Dr. Jill Biden would host the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges in the fall of 2010. ACCT leadership was proud to participate in the Summit, which brought together community college leaders, students, faculty, business leaders, elected and Administration officials, and philanthropic foundation representatives. Dr. Biden in turn showed her solidarity and support by making a special appearance at the 2011 Community College National Legislative Summit this past February. Additionally, ACCT actively participated and represented our members in a series of four regional summits coordinated by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011 to share best practices related to student completion at community colleges.
With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education, ACCT continued the White House Summit discussion by convening the nation’s leaders in higher education for a special one-day summit focusing on college completion immediately prior to the 2010 ACCT Leadership Congress, mentioned above. This summit represents a crucial first step in making progress toward improving college completion rates and contributing to student success. ACCT is proud to have been at the helm of this unprecedented event, and to have been able to involve our members to participate in this exclusive opportunity.
Strengthening Leadership and Governance
ACCT continues to work hard to respond to member-education needs. Efforts to support the most influential and relevant presentations at the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress is a high priority, including identifying cutting-edge sessions and roundtables, in order to maintain the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress’s reputation as one of the premier national leadership events of the year.
ACCT, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin College of Education’s Community College Leadership Program (CCLP), and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is undertaking a three-year initiative to design, develop, and implement the Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS). The goal of the new institute is to develop a process through which governing boards and presidents can foster the skills necessary to achieve statewide increases in student attainment and completion. In September 2010, ACCT and CCLP began the initiative in Ohio, conducting institutes for the boards and presidents of 22 of the 23 community colleges in the state of Ohio. Over the next three years, ACCT and CCLP will work in three additional states, including Texas and Washington State.
Unparalleled Service and Support
ACCT’s Board Leadership Services, which are continuously evaluated and consistently receive high marks by members, offer the highest-quality services and targeted resources available for community college trustees, conveying vital information on effective governance and exemplary trusteeship. Our direct services to member boards in Presidential Searches, Retreats, Board and Presidential evaluations, and interim executive placements are informed by our long history of working with boards and presidents.
ACCT continues to develop new forward-thinking publications that will be of use to trustees throughout the country and strengthen the association’s position as the preeminent authority on community college governance.
We are committed to providing the most up-to-date information to help inform decision making and advance effective governance. Improved navigation on ACCT's Website, as well as member publications available for free download; a wealth of training opportunities and educational materials; and the highly successful public policy blog, “Community College News from Inside the Beltway,” allow ready access to critical information. ACCT's electronic public policy updates – Latest Action in Washington (LAW) E-Alerts – disseminate information about developments in Washington to members as they occur to give members the opportunity to take immediate actions that will positively affect their colleges. Additionally, social media outlets, such as Twitter and Facebook, provide members with updates in real time.
The traditional member publications continue to provide invaluable information, such as the article providing insights from officials at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor on the Community College and Career Training Grant Program published in the fall 2010 issue of Trustee Quarterly magazine, which was recognized with a 2010 APEX Award for Publication Excellence.
ACCT also continuously seeks communications from YOU, providing members with the opportunity to provide information and feedback through the ACCT State, Province, and Territory Coordinator’s Network or directly through the ACCT office in Washington, DC.
Putting Our Members First
In summary, ACCT’s work is driven by the needs of our members, and we continue to be a reliable and high-quality partner to support the critical work community colleges do every day on behalf of their communities. We recognize that the resources colleges apply to their ACCT memberships are not given freely, and they must be returned by an unwavering commitment to deliver the best possible services to our members.
With your investment in the Association, ACCT can continue our work as a critical partner to support you when facing tough choices and decisions to support communities like yours. The ACCT Board of Directors is committed to protecting your investment, guaranteeing transparency, openness, and responsiveness to you, our member boards and trustees.
We look forward to working with you in the future to ensure the long-term success of your college and the community college system across the nation. We hope that you will consider taking advantage of this special opportunity to join your peers and find out what more ACCT can do for you.