Statement on 2016 Elections

WASHINGTON -- The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) looks forward to working in tandem with the new Administration and the 115th United States Congress to ensure that all American students will have access to affordable, high-quality education and the tools they need to succeed.
 
Community colleges are gateways of opportunity, educating over 10 million American students each year and preparing them to find meaningful work that offers a living wage. Community college boards govern these institutions, and keep them accountable, productive, and connected with community and economic demands. ACCT will continue to innovate and to create the tools, strategies, and resources that boards need to lead community colleges. With your help and support, I look forward to continuing to advance our colleges, and through them, our communities and our nation.  
 
In order to assist our colleges and students, ACCT is expanding its groundbreaking research on student loan debt, food and housing insecurity, and other issues at the heart of why too many students fail to succeed.
 
We encourage all community college leaders to take part in the 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit, to ensure that all members of the U.S. Congress and the new Administration understand the vital role of community colleges to the educational and economic vitality of communities and the nation. With issues such as the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the table, community college leaders are needed to advocate on behalf of their students and colleges. 
 
For more information, please feel free to call on ACCT as we continue to work on behalf of all community college students. Our government affairs and policy staff can be reached at publicpolicy@acct.org or by calling 202.775.4667. Also, please visit our new public policy website at now.acct.org to keep updated on what is going on in Washington, D.C.
 
J. Noah Brown
President and CEO