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“A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain,” says an old Arabian proverb. President Obama introduced America’s College Promise, a proposal to make two years of college education available with no tuition fees to qualifying students. Before President Obama announced his plan, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam introduced the Tennessee Promise, a similar tuition-free community college program available to all Tennesseans. Initially criticized as being impractical and “impossible” to implement, Oregon recently followed suit and enacted a free tuition plan of its own. Early data show response to the Tennessee plan has exceeded all expectations, with students signing up in droves. And on July 8th, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.) each introduced the America’s College Promise Act of 2015 in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.

The fall 2015 issue of Advisor is now available.


Julian Bond with Pulaski Technical College Student Success Initiative StudentsThe Association of Community College Trustees is sad to recognize the passing of Horace Julian Bond, 75, a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement, on August 15, 2015.  Among his many accomplishments, Bond was a former Chairman for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at Moorehouse College in Atlanta.  As of his passing, Bond was also a distinguished adjunct professor of government at the American University.

Over the next five years, hundreds of community college presidencies will open up.  To prepare the next generation of exceptional leaders, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence will select 40 fellows annually to participate in an intensive executive program, delivered in collaboration with Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.  This one-year program engages fellows with national leaders through four on-campus residential seminars, structured mentoring, and applied learning projects to build their capacities to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.  

To learn more, please visit the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program website.


August 5, 2015

WASHINGTON-The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Regional Awards for community college trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and  professional board staff members. The 2015 ACCT Awards are sponsored by Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) and EdFinancial Services.

ACCT's Regional Awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff. 

This morning, Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced legislation, the America's College Promise Actof 2015, into the House of Representatives modeled on President Obama's America's College Promise proposal, introduced in February.  Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is expected to introduce the legislation to the Senatepresently.  This legislation proposes to build upon existing local and state-based models, such as the Tennessee Promise and new legislation passed this week by the Oregon legislature, by offering tuition-free community college education to more than 9 million Americans each year.  ACCT supports the proposed legislation, which is a tremendous vote of confidence that recognizes the

Washington - The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerald L. Cook, Ed.D., to the ACCT Board of Directors.  Cook, a trustee at Johnson County Community College in Kansas, was appointed to fill the seat left by Robert J. Feit, who recently resigned his seat on the Southeast Community College, Nebraska, board of trustees.

"Jerry’s expertise in public education, public relations and marketing promises to contribute a unique and exciting new perspective to the ACCT Board of Directors," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.  "He has a long history of community involvement, and we are fortunate that he has agreed to serve on the ACCT Board."

Santa Fe College Takes the Top Honor

Kennedy-King College Recognized as "Rising Star"; Lake Area Technical Institute & West Kentucky Community & Technical College  Recognized as 'Finalists of Distinction'