The following Code of Ethics was presented by the ACCT Corporate Council and accepted by the ACCT Board of Directors at the 2003 Community College National Legislative Summit.
As members of the ACCT Corporate Council, we recognize the value of communicating the ethical principles that guide the Corporate Council. We believe membership in the Corporate Council benefits each of our companies by enabling us to tailor our offerings more closely to the needs of the community college market and, thus, grow our business. Most importantly however, we acknowledge the primary purpose for the Corporate Council is to assist ACCT in achieving the following goals:
- To provide trustees with the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge required to master their role as board members and to carry out their responsibilities in the context of a broad understanding of current and future social, political, economic and physical environments.
- To assist boards of trustees in developing and affecting public policy—securing support from legislative and executive branches of the federal government, the higher education community, other national policy-making bodies, corporations, foundations, and the public at large—for the achievement of the missions and goals of their institutions.
- To develop and support among the membership a standard of leadership behavior that is ethical; that values and encourages diversity including ethnicity, race, gender, physical and mental ability; and that is dedicated to providing access to quality education opportunities.
This Code of Ethics is established and agreed upon in order to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to represent our companies with the highest degree of integrity. We are equally committed to support the ACCT’s goal of developing effective lay governing board leadership. Through this collaborative initiative, we hope to accelerate the success of community colleges around the globe by helping them achieve their strategic missions within their local communities. In keeping with these commitments, we agree to the following:
- The goals of the ACCT must serve as the primary criteria for decision-making within the Corporate Council.
- We will behave ethically and honestly in all dealings with each other and with the Association.
- We will not, as Corporate Council members, individually approach member trustees, ACCT committees or ACCTworking groups in such a way as to improperly influence ACCT activities or decisions.
- We will not advance private corporate interests at the expense of the Association as a whole, or the Corporate Council itself.
- We will honor all of our commitments to the Association, its members, and to our fellow Corporate Council members.
- We will provide trustees with the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge required to master their role as board members.
- We will assist boards of trustees in developing and affecting public policy—for the achievement of the missions and goals of their institutions.
- We will develop and support among the ACCT membership a standard of leadership behavior that is ethical; that values and encourages diversity; and therein provides greater access to quality education opportunities.