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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.  

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ACCT Congressional Forum Focuses on Affordability, Quality
 A bipartisan group of prominent legislators discussed college affordability and quality during ACCT's Senate Congressional Forum on Wednesday, calling community colleges everything from higher education's "secret sauce" to its "secret weapon."  

2014 NLS Kicks Off Amid Signs of Improvement in Student Outcomes

 
The 2014 Community College National Legislative Summit kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with a vote of confidence from Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, whose city's strides towards boosting educational outcomes mirror nationwide improvements in student success at community colleges.
 
"As mayors, we know there's no greater barrier to reducing crime and economic development than an education system that's not functioning," said Nutter, who also serves as a trustee for the Community College of Philadelphia.  "I chose to serve on a board of trustees at a community college because I truly believe they have a role to play in providing economic opportunity for all."
 

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