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Washington, D.C.—Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Chair Bakari G. Lee, Esq. will deliver the 2017 commencement address to the graduating class of Warren County Community College (WCCC) in Washington, New Jersey this Saturday, May 20.

"Standing at the helm of ACCT, Bakari Lee is an outstanding representative of our nation's community colleges and our strong commitment to student success," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. 

Report recommends federal, state, and college policies to improve student outcomes
This morning, President Trump released his initial request for funding for fiscal year (FY) 2018. While not the full budget request expected later this spring, early details appear to be at odds with the President's promise to provide for "...a Government that puts the needs of its own people first."  
The proposed budget includes a 14 percent cut to the Department of Education and a 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor, including raiding the Pell Grant Account by $3.9 billion, and eliminating Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) program that supports 380,000 community college students.  

New Survey of over 33,000 students in 24 states reveals significant life challenges that impede academic persistence and completion.


Betsy DeVosWashington, D.C.--This morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed community and technical college leaders from throughout the United States at the 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges.

The 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit kicked off with calls for continued advocacy as a new administration arrives in Washington.
“This is a time for optimism, a time to think about what is possible, and a time to do the work we’re capable of doing,” ACCT President & CEO J. Noah Brown told attendees during Tuesday’s keynote luncheon. 
“As community colleges, we have worked very well with Republican administrations and Democratic administrations, and I’m very confident we are going to have a good relationship with this new administration,” added Walter G. Bumphus, AACC president and CEO. “We have a lot to offer… but more than ever we’re going to need all of you in the room to take the message to the Hill.” 
WASHINGTON, DC - February 15, 2017 - The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in partnership with The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office (CCCCO) today issued a new report that takes a unique look at federal and state financial aid, academic preparation, and college transfer and completion for students across California's 113 community colleges.

On January 31, ACE and 46 other higher education associations sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly on maintaining the United States as the destination of choice for the world’s best students, faculty and scholars.

This letter was sent in light of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  The letter affirms the importance of international students and the need to ensure the United States remains the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest students, faculty and scholars.

Along with ACE, associations signing the letter include:

Dear President-Elect Trump:

On behalf of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), which represent the presidents and trustees of the nation’s 1,108 community colleges, we urge you to maintain the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program is of vital importance to thousands of our institutions’ students.

DACA provides an educational and career pathway for undocumented young people, many of whom have no ties to, or even memories of, the countries from which they came. As open access institutions, community colleges serve students from all walks of life, and that diversity contributes to greater unity in the communities that we serve. It is a core part of our mission to provide opportunity to all students, and DACA helps support that mission.