2016 ACCT Leadership Congress

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 11:00 am to Saturday, October 8, 2016 11:00 am
United States



About the Leadership Congress:

The 2016 ACCT Leadership Congress is a Call to Action to all trustees and governing boards to:

  • Set the bar of educational achievement and completion even higher
  • Join forces as champions of student success
  • Achieve unprecedented and lasting results 

Community colleges are being challenged to improve the nation’s economic prosperity by addressing workforce needs, delivering on the national goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world, and addressing educational disparities by supporting equity, inclusion, and expanding the “open door of opportunity” for all Americans. 

These complex challenges facing community colleges require trustee leaders to serve at a higher level of trustee leadership and as forceful champions on behalf of students.   Leading With Intent must be the hallmark for today’s community college governing boards and requires collaboration, partnership, and purposefulness.

Trustees are driven by a purpose: to serve their communities. Trustees are individuals who believe that some causes are important enough for them to take time away from family, jobs, and careers. Trustees have the power to inspire communities throughout the country to champion the need to serve the greater good of society. 

The focus of the 2016 ACCT Leadership Congress is to confirm that we are up to the task of: 

  • Adding value where it matters the most
  • Building capacity
  • Achieving the greatest possible return on investment
  • Championing fairness, mobility, and equity by building on strengths and overcoming weaknesses.

Join more than 2,000 trustees, presidents, chancellors, government officials, foundation representatives, and experts as we exchange critical information and ideas on successful new models, innovations, programs, and actively network with community college leaders from across the country.


  1. New reality of commuter campuses: Security and preparing for disasters
  2. Expanding the mission: The baccalaureate degree, partnerships with K-12, corporate colleges, reverse transfer, and other innovative models
  3. Entrepreneurial and strategic alliances with business and industry: Meeting the evolving new workforce needs of urban, rural, and all communities, emerging industries, and new realities
  4. New pathways to student success: Learning analytics, data-informed solutions to foster equity, access, competency-based education and student success and completion
  5. The new financial model: New strategies for leveraging resources and funding
  6. Combating poverty and promoting citizenship: Innovative alliances to serve at-risk students and underserved populations
  7. Strengthening governance: Effective practices from policy to fiduciary responsibilities

Keynote Presentations:

Joseph A. Garcia

Lieutenant Governor of Colorado and Incoming President of the Western Interstate Commission For Higher Education

Cokie Roberts

NPR and ABC News Commentator

Barbara Gellman-Danley

President, Higher Learning Commission

Congress Hosts:

Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Mississippi Community Colleges

Texas Gulf Coast Community Colleges

ACCT would like to acknowledge and give appreciation to our sponsors of the 2016 ACCT Leadership Congress