ACCT’s Pandemic Response & Commitment to Our Members
Over the past week, along with the rest of the world, ACCT has made some adjustments to the way we work.
We have been in touch with many members who have been affected in myriad ways, and we want to assure you that ACCT continues to be available to meet member needs through this unprecedented global event. At this time, we anticipate that most member services will remain unaffected and uninterrupted. We have made a few modifications to standard operations of which we would like to make you aware:
- Staff is working remotely at least through the beginning of April, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House. This should not affect most member services. Staff remains available for nearly all services. Please reach us by email or by our regular phone numbers, which have been forwarded.
- Most travel has been restricted. Staff is available for teleconferences and videoconferences in the interim. Depending on member-service needs and federal and state guidance, some rare exceptions may be made for campus visits.
- Book and other merchandise orders still will be fulfilled, but delivery may be delayed. A staff member will be in the office at least once per week to fulfill these and other needs.
We are conducting outreach throughout the nation to determine how COVID-19 has affected community colleges, and in particular how boards and CEOs are working together to overcome unprecedented challenges. This week, ACCT will share this information with members to identify common concerns and to inspire creative solutions. Please watch your email, ACCT.org and our Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates in the coming days.
In addition to offering advisory information, ACCT is also working with AACC to advocate strongly at the federal level in the interests of member colleges and your students. We are working with state community college associations to identify the most pressing needs, and we are communicating those needs to federal legislators and agency officials with the greatest urgency. ACCT will keep members apprised of all legislative and related updates as they arise.
While none of us has ever lived through an event of the nature or magnitude before, we are all in this together, and we at ACCT are committed to serving your needs as we weather this storm.
As community college leaders, we are one community. We encourage members to get in touch and to connect with one another to share experiences and practices during these trying times.
We thank you for your patience and more than anything, for your dedication to your institutions, your students and your greater communities.
Protect yourselves and one another. We will get through this together.
J. Noah Brown
President and CEO