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National Associations Join Forces to Advance College Completion

WASHINGTON-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 Education Prep Academy, a one-day educational academy to be held on February 8, 2016 in advance of the Community College National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit annually draws more than 1,000 community college trustees, presidents and other advocates to the nation's capital to advocate on behalf of community colleges at the federal level.   

Washington, D.C. - New officers and members of the ACCT Board of Directors were elected during the 2015 ACCT Leadership Congress in San Diego, California, on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16.

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As the event drew to a close Saturday, incoming ACCT Chair Roberto Zárate said the association will focus on "sharing the recipe for student success" in the coming year.

As a trustee of the Alamo Colleges board in Texas, Zárate said he has "seen the impact a governing board and great leader can have on student success and completion."


MillikenCity University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken urged ACCT Congress attendees Thursday to focus their efforts on “smart, targeted programs with measurable impact” to improve completion rates for students and the nation as a whole.


“I believe community colleges hold the key to solving our most vexing challenges to national competitiveness,” Milliken said.  “In addition to national destinies, higher education changes individual lives profoundly.”


Janet NapolitanoUniversity of California President Janet Napolitano discussed the growing prominence of community colleges and pointed to her state as a model for partnerships between two- and four-year institutions during the ACCT Leadership Congress Wednesday.

 “It’s an ideal time,” said Napolitano, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and governor of Arizona. “There has been an entire national dialogue this year based on community colleges, their importance, their role, and their being a key ingredient of higher education in the United States.” 

Opening 2015San Diego, Calif. - As the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) kicked off its 46th annual Leadership Conference on Wednesday, a White House official joined community college leaders in stressing the need to advocate for the America's College Promise initiative, which would expand access to college in much the same way high school became free and universal a century ago. 

Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), and Higher Ed for Higher Standards (HEHS) announced today that they will partner and commit to the implementation of higher academic standards in secondary school designed to prepare students for success in college and careers.

Each year, about 50 percent of first-year students at two-year colleges and 20 percent of those entering four-year universities require basic developmental courses before they can begin credit-bearing coursework.  This lack of preparedness costs students and taxpayers billions of dollars each year.  It greatly slows progress at the college level and increases the gap between the needs of the business community and qualified workers. 

As the student success movement enters its second decade, there’s growing optimism about scaling efforts to help community college students reach their postsecondary goals, speakers at ACCT’s Invitational Symposium on Student Success said Tuesday. 

“I feel that right now we have the best opportunity to improve the outcomes of our students,” said Thomas Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University.

For the sixth year running, ACCT, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, brought together more than 150 community college trustees, presidents, and other leaders and experts ahead of its annual Leadership Congress. 


We ask that you encourage those on and around your campuses to observe the moment of silence this Thursday, October 8 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern in the memory of victims of last week's tragedy at Umpqua Community College.

WASHINGTON - Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President and CEO J. Noah Brown today issued a statement in response to the announcement that Arne Duncan, who has served as U.S. secretary of education since 2009, will be vacating his position this December.

"During Secretary Duncan's tenure, the nation's community colleges have faced unprecedented demand to meet the needs of more than 12 million American students each year, and have attained an unprecedented level of public esteem," Brown said.  "Working hand in hand with President Barack Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and other community college supporters, Secretary Duncan's legacy will reflect a community college renaissance for which all community college leaders, faculty, staff, and especially students are grateful - and from which the country will benefit for generations to come."