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July 22, 2014

Protecting Colleges And Students
Community College Strategies to Prevent Default 
The Association of Community College Trustees and the Institute for College Access & Success 

Protecting Colleges and Students, released by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), takes a unique look at student loan default at nine community colleges across the nation, and how those colleges are working to help students avoid default.  

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We are excited to invite trustees to participate in a new ambassadorship program during the 2014 ACCT Leadership Congress in Chicago.  

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WASHINGTON, DC -- On Friday May 9, and Saturday, May 10, Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President and CEO J. Noah Brown addressed graduates at the Columbus, Grand Island, and Hastings campuses of Central Community College in Nebraska. In his commencement address, Brown encouraged students to "be creative, visionary, act upon well thought-out plans, assess and take calculated risks, and take accountability for those risks and outcomes."

"Today is not just a personal triumph-it is a victory for our entire nation," Brown said. "You now join the ranks of those who continue the legacy of educational achievement.  Your success ensures our economic resurgence and climb back to global leader status." 

April 14, 2014 - WASHINGTON - The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) today announced that Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, will be a featured keynote speaker at the 45th Annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago this October 22 - 25, 2014. 

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) today announced that Ellen Alberding, president and board member of the Joyce Foundation, will be a featured keynote speaker at the 45th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, which will take place in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago this October 22-25, 2014. 

US News STEM Solutions


Washington, D.C.—The Association of Community College Trustees is proud to announce its support of U.S. News STEM Solutions 2014—The National Leadership Conference, taking place in Washington, D.C. from April 23-25. For the third year, leaders in education, policy and workforce development will convene to advance the national STEM agenda.

WASHINGTON—The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has supported the effort to evaluate “gainful employment” programs based on the debt that students would incur and their expected earnings. Unfortunately, the proposed regulations do not account for programs that are low cost or which have few borrowers, which includes a significant number of community and technical college programs. 

We continue to believe that the Obama Administration should focus on consistently high levels of indebtedness as the measure of “gainful employment.”  Community colleges, offer very low-cost programs relative to other higher-education institutions, with just 9 percent of certificate students in our sector borrowing funds to finance their educations.

ACCT strongly encourages the Administration to reconsider the “low-cost, low-risk” proposal that was offered by the community college negotiators during the 2013 negotiated rulemaking sessions.


Lila Farmer, 30-plus year ACCT veteran, passes away.

Lila Farmer

With a profoundly heavy heart, I am sad to announce the passing of our dear colleague and long-time ACCT employee, Lila L. Farmer, who passed away on Saturday, February 15th, 2014.  Lila was 55 years old and lived in Clarksville, VA.  

Lila is survived by her husband of 32 years, Frank Farmer.  Lila worked for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) for over 30 years, as Consultant and Meeting Logistics Officer.  She was highly regarded by her colleagues, ACCT members, and hospitality professionals everywhere as one of the very best in her field.