2016 National Legislative Summit
The National Legislative Summit is the premier community college advocacy event in Washington, DC, bringing together more than 1,000 community college leaders. The event shines a spotlight on the importance of our nation’s community colleges for Congress and the Administration. This year’s NLS is not to be missed, as 2016 will be a significant year for higher education policy.
Register by January 15 for early bird pricing.
Schedule at a Glance (PDF)
NLS Registration Form (PDF)
Hotel Registration Form (PDF)
On Monday, February 8th, ACCT will be offering three pre-Summit academies.
ACCT/NALEO Higher Education Prep Academy (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund are pleased to announce a new partnership to create the ACCT/NALEO Higher Education Prep Academy. This all-day academy will provide professional development services in order to enhance knowledge and leadership capacity of community college trustees and other policymakers on key issues pertaining to college completion. It will also raise policymakers' awareness and knowledge of current college completion policy issues, and increase understanding of data, best practices, and policy options pertaining to developing a college completion agenda for all community college students. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.
New Trustee Academy (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
This all-day intensive workshop is designed to orient new trustees, their presidents and professional board staff members. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight on the roles and responsibilities of being an effective trustee at your college. Join new trustees from all across the country in learning about boardmanship 101, trends in higher education, student success, and many more important topics. Registration includes lunch and a copy of the ACCT publication Trusteeship in Community Colleges.
Higher Education Act Reauthorization Academy (11:00 am – 4:00 pm)
This academy is designed to enhance trustees', presidents' and other advocates' knowledge and understanding of the latest trends in federal higher education policy. This year's policy academy will focus of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and include sessions on federal access programs, risk sharing, student loans and default, as well as the America's College Promise Act of 2015. Registration includes lunch and a copy of the ACCT publicationThe Trustee's Role in Effective Advocacy.
Sign up for an academy while you register for NLS. If you have already registered, it's not too late. Once logged into your existing registration, select the purchases tab to add a pre-Summit academy.
NLS Frequently Asked Questions
The National Legislative Summit is the premier community college advocacy event in Washington, D.C., bringing together more than 1,000 community college trustees, presidents, and other leaders. Sessions run from Tuesday morning to mid-morning Thursday. Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a pre-NLS educational academy on Monday, February 8th. NLS participants will hear from members of U.S. Congress, leading political analysts, and other high-profile speakers about the current climate in D.C., upcoming elections, and legislative issues impacting community colleges. Participants also have the opportunity to network with fellow community college leaders and meet with their U.S. representatives in Congress to advocate for their support for community colleges and their students.
The NLS is designed to inform and educate community college leaders on federal policy issues that impact postsecondary institutions and students, as well as to provide a pathway for individuals to advocate on behalf of their colleges. Community colleges are the beneficiaries of billions of dollars in federal support each year. It is incumbent upon our leaders to understand the mechanisms of that support, and implications of potential reforms. Additionally, it is important to frequently engage with federal representatives to share priorities and interests. The NLS provides a mechanism for you to connect with key decision makers, and impart your expertise.
Trustees, board members, presidents, chancellors, students, and other community college leaders.
The 2016 NLS general sessions begin on Tuesday, February 9 at 8:00 a.m., and conclude on Thursday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m. However, participants may opt to schedule meetings with their elected officials on Thursday afternoon. There are special meetings on Monday, February 8, including the pre-NLS academies. Future NLS dates are also available on the ACCT website: http://www.acct.org/future-event-dates-and-locations.
You can register online (NLS online registration), via fax (credit card only) at 301-694-5124, via phone 301-694-5243, or mail by brochure to Association of Community College Trustees, Dept. 6061, Washington, D.C. 20042-6061.
ACCT members receive a $200 registration discount. An early bird discount of $150 is offered to those who register by January 15th. Additionally, there are special discounts for student attendees.
The NLS takes place in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008. The hotel is four miles from Capitol Hill and a short walk to one of Washington’s most unique neighborhoods, Adams Morgan. Washington’s Reagan National Airport is eight miles away, and the Metro’s red line “Woodley Park” station is just steps away from the hotel.
Years ago, the NLS took place at a hotel closer to Capitol Hill at the J. W. Marriott Hotel. The NLS relocated to the Marriott Wardman Park when attendance outgrew all other hotel capacities within Washington, D.C. In 2018, the meeting will relocate to the new Marriott Marquis hotel, which is located in downtown Washington, closer to the U.S. Capitol and congressional offices, and which will comfortably accommodate all NLS attendees.
We have two outstanding keynote speakers for the upcoming NLS: Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist Eugene Robinson, and MSNBC Political Analyst Steve Schmidt. These veterans of the political arena will discuss Congressional activity, examine the current political climate in Washington, DC, and offer insights into the upcoming election. Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Congressional speakers, administration officials, and other elected leaders are often not confirmed till weeks or even days before the NLS due to scheduling demands.
Held in tandem with the NLS, the Community College Congressional Forum is an event on Capitol Hill featuring elected officials. The event generally features four to six Members of Congress who speak about federal policy that impacts community colleges. Given the fluidity of congressional schedules, most speakers are not announced until the week prior to NLS, and are subject to change. The event is usually held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Seating is limited to 450, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. By holding the event on Capitol Hill, the Congressional Forum has drawn many outstanding speakers since its inception in 2012.
ACCT and AACC make every effort to feature insightful speakers with varying and multi-dimensional political perspectives from both sides of the aisle. Participation is dependent on each speaker’s availability, interest, and relevance however, and as a result some Summits may feature a greater number of speakers from one party versus another. Additionally, the program always seeks to involve current cabinet members from the White House who typically represent views that are in synch with the current presidential administration. If you are interested in having a particular Member of Congress speak at the NLS we welcome assistance in extending invitations.
Recent speakers at the NLS or Community College Congressional Forum include: U.S. House Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-WI); House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer (D-MD); Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, Patty Murray (D-WA); Assistant Democratic Leader, Jim Clyburn (D-SC); Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL); Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Senator Tim Scott (R-SC); Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL); Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX); Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA); and Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX).
Attendees and their delegations are encouraged to schedule meetings with their elected officials at their discretion and based upon their availability. We recommend Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. A preliminary schedule of Summit sessions and events can be found in the NLS brochure. Tips on scheduling and planning for congressional meetings will be sent to registrants. If you would like an additional electronic copy of these materials please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February is an important month in Washington, D.C. The NLS generally falls on the heels of the release of the President’s budget request for the upcoming fiscal year. This also begins the budget an appropriations process on Capitol Hill. In the weeks following the release of the budget request, Members of Congress submit their funding priorities to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. From an advocacy standpoint February is an ideal time to discuss the importance of federal funding for community colleges. Additionally, the NLS is scheduled to provide an adequate interval between other meetings that our participants often attend – the ACCT and AACC annual membership meetings.
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is located just four miles from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Public transportation via the Metro’s Woodley Park station or area bus stations offers convenient access to Capitol Hill. Via subway (Metro) from the Woodley Park station, off-peak fare to the Capitol South station is $2.05 and $2.55 during peak hours. Senior disabled Medicare fare is available for $1.25 for those who qualify. For those who prefer private transportation, taxis are available at the hotel entrance; fare to the U.S. Capitol averages $12.75 - $19.00 depending on traffic, and will take 18 – 23 minutes on average. Plan for extra time during rush hour.
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