New Advocacy Toolkits for Trustees

Congressional State Visit Toolkit

ACCT's comprehensive toolkits are used by community college trustees, presidents and other leading advocates to advance federal- and state-level advocacy efforts. Download and share the toolkits (PDF format) from this page, and consider adding these toolkits to your board and executive meeting agendas and distributing printed copies to your college's leading advocates. If you have any questions about community college advocacy, contact us at publicpolicy@acct.org.
 
Current Advocacy Toolkits
 
If you haven't hosted your United States Senators or Representatives at your college campus recently, you may be missing a great opportunity to build or strengthen your college's federal relations rapport, and to demonstrate the importance of your college to your congressperson's state or congressional district. Through a tour or visit, you can highlight certain programs or activities occurring on campus, and talk to your member of Congress about the college's federal priorities. This type of engagement will help make you an informational resource on higher education policy, and create stronger ties with your elected officials.
 
The toolkit includes:
  • How to craft congressional invitations;
  • How to prepare for and planning your meeting or campus tour;
  • What to do after the meeting is over; 
  • Sample invitations;
  • A federal funds worksheet; and 
  • A final checklist to make sure you're getting the most out of your college visit. 

 
Supporting the College Promise: America's College Promise for Universal Community College

The College Promise Campaign (CPC or Campaign) was born to build widespread support for universal community college programs throughout the nation to ensure that our students have the tools and services they need to succeed. Actively supporting the Campaign and promoting the notion of universal community college allows you to engage in the national dialog about the importance of community colleges to the future of the country.

The toolkit includes:
  • Talking points for public comment; 
  • Talking points for advocacy efforts;
  • Sample resolution in support of America's College Promise; 
  • Sample press release; 
  • Sample op-ed; 
  • Social media information; 
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ); and 
  • Contact information.
 
Other Resources

Written resources—ACCT compiles factsheets, policy briefs, and toolkits for trustees, all of which can be accessed in the advocacy section of www.acct.org. The association also sends letters to decision makers regarding pending policies and their effect on community colleges and encourages community college advocates to personally contact your members of Congress to ask for new and ongoing support. 

Engagement—Whenever possible, we ask member colleges to report back to ACCT any actions you take on behalf of your college and other events that happen on the state level. This keeps us in the know about what's going on at colleges around the country so that we can better represent ACCT member colleges' interests. 

The leading annual advocacy event—ACCT’s National Legislative Summit is held in Washington, D.C. every February and gives trustees an opportunity to hear from decision makers, learn successful advocacy strategies, and lobby their federal officials. If you aren't already engaged with the National Legislative Summit, ACCT and the American Association of Community Colleges strongly encourage your participation. The Summit has a tremendous impact on lawmakers each year, and every additional voice helps to amplify and strengthen the message that America's community colleges are an investment that yields unparalleled returns for our local, state, and national economies.