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Tom HanksWhether you know him best from Forrest GumpSleepless in SeattleSaving Private RyanPhiladelphia, or The da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks is one of the greatest and best-known actors of our time.  He has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, SAG Awards and, most recently in 2014, he received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor.  And significantly, he recently produced and directed a movie called Larry Crowne, in which he plays an adult student whose life is transformed by a community college.  That film foreshadows a major statement that Hanks made this morning - a statement that you must read.


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                                      Federal College Ratings Plan Raises Concerns for Community Colleges

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Education (ED) today released the first draft of the long-awaited college ratings plan today, known as the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS). President Obama announced his intention to develop a college rating system in August 2013 along with other policy proposals to improve affordability and student success in higher education.

The PIRS draft release identifies the key metrics with which the Administration plans to rate colleges in the near future, with numerical ratings to be assigned to specific institutions for a “version 1.0” release of PIRS prior to the 2015-16 academic year. These metrics are grouped into a framework that contains three domains: access, affordability, and outcomes.

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ACCT supports expansion of Single Stop USA services to serve 350,000 more students by 2020. 

WASHINGTON — Today, Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President and CEO J. Noah Brown will join President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.   

Oct. 31, 2014 - WASHINGTON - The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is pleased to announce the following newly or re-elected members of the ACCT Board of Directors.  All members of the ACCT Board of Directors are trustees on their respective college or state boards. 


New Federal Rules for Career Education Will Protect Students, Taxpayers, and Access to Low-Cost Programs 

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Education (ED) completed a multi-year process today by releasing final regulations for career education programs that prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” These regulations will become effective on July 1, 2015. As determined by federal statute, the majority of gainful employment programs that exist today are offered by the more than 1,100 community and technical colleges in the United States. The final regulations contain a critical modification made in response to community college concerns with previous versions of the rule. 

WASHINGTON-The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Association Awards for community college trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff members.