Call for Presentations


Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 21, 2017

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We are looking for high-quality, cutting-edge educational and organizational strategies that have demonstrated strong returns on their colleges’ investments. If your college has instituted new programs, practices, and or policies that expand the knowledge base, that will challenge and inspire, we encourage you to submit a proposal to present a session relating to one of the following tracks.

  1. Addressing Workforce Needs by Tackling the Nation’s Skills Shortage

The complex challenges facing our nation demand that all community college governing boards work to expand the "open door to opportunities.” Too many American people believe that they have been left behind and will not be included in the pathways to prosperity. Over 5.6 million jobs went unfilled because corporations could not identify individuals with the required technical training. The challenge ahead requires greater partnership with business and industry to ensure the necessary workforce training is available at rural, suburban and urban colleges. Getting Americans back to work will require a reaffirmation of our collective commitment to fix the leaky to education-to-employment pipeline.

   2. New Pathways to Student Success

If community colleges are to continue to improve the completion rates of students, we must face the daunting problem of improving the outcomes of underprepared students and placement practices at the colleges. This includes asking if we have exasperated the problem through under-placement of students into remediation. What innovative approaches, including accelerated remedial courses, additional co-requisite support, or streamlining students’ paths through college-level courses are working at our colleges to allow students to complete transferable requirements and make progress towards completion? How are we simplifying the transfer from community college to the four-year degree by clearing the path for transfer students or providing “guided pathways”?

  3. Combating Poverty, Promoting Diversity and Strengthening Citizenship

In today’s complex society we must work collectively to address issues pertinent to the long-term wellbeing and stability of our collective communities. We must focus our efforts on the segment of communities that have been left behind when it comes to economic prosperity.  Numerous communities within many of our service areas are devastated by chronic unemployment and underemployment. These communities are often isolated in the inner cities or geographically isolated rural communities. How can we bridge the gap and continue to strengthen diversity, commitment to being productive members of society, and economic prosperity?

  4. Security and Preparing for Disasters

Recent on-campus crises demands that college leaders are ready to address all types of security risks at all levels, ranging from physical and operational attacks to cybercrimes, terrorism, social unrest, infrastructure protection, and workplace violence. What are today’s security trends and responses in areas ranging from ransomware and Internet vulnerabilities to working with emergency respondents and the media or privacy risks from exposure of information? We seek sessions that offer solutions to equip and anticipate, mitigate, manage, and prevent the growing list of complex threats to colleges. Sessions in this track should focus on actionable, cutting-edge strategies.

  5. Expanding the Mission

The traditional community college mission has been expanding for years, and now includes offering the baccalaureate degree, dual enrollment, partnerships with K-12, corporate colleges, reverse transfer, mergers, expansion of college foundations, and other innovative models. We have seen an increasing evolution of the community college model as colleges focus on meeting the needs of their respective communities.  Share what has worked for your institution and mid-course adjustments that you have made in the journey to expand the mission.

  6. Strengthening Governance

ACCT has a vested interest in strengthening governance, and we are seeking compelling sessions about effective practices from policy to fiduciary responsibilities. How the governing board organizes its work reflects the very best of the college and the community. Share proven practices that strengthen governance and reinforce the important leadership role of trustees and the board/president partnership.

Submit a proposal for a concurrent session for one of the tracks listed above. Other options for presentation include roundtable discussion or to present at one of the Knowledge Centers sessions.


Roundtable discussions are designed to facilitate informal conversations among 10–15 participants on targeted issues or topics. Facilitators will guide the discussion at each table. Audiovisual equipment will not be made available for roundtables and, therefore, we encourage the use of handouts. We recommend one facilitator or two at most.

  • Indicate which of the tracks your roundtable discussion will address.
  • Identify two or three questions to focus the discussion.
  • On-site handouts are encouraged.



  • Demonstrate relevance of the session topic to the 2017 Congress theme: Pathways to Prosperity
  • Trustees must be included among presenters
  • All presenters MUST register for the Congress (We DO NOT offer a special presenter rate)
  • Concurrent sessions must be approximately 60 minutes
  • Proposals must include a letter of support from your college. Click here for sample letter. 
  • Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 21, 2017




Throughout the 2017 ACCT Leadership Congress, The Knowledge Center will introduce a variety of mini-sessions relating to the following topics:

  • Authors – Special interactive sessions for trustees, presidents, administrators, or experts who have published books on topics related to community colleges, leadership, entrepreneurship, management, student success and or related topics. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to meet the authors and participate in small group discussions. To submit a proposal for the Authors’ Knowledge Center, go to:


  • Health and Wellness – Special interactive sessions about health and wellness issues ranging from balancing work and family to the value of exercise. Local colleges will be invited to provide demonstrations of health and exercise practices for the benefit of participants. To submit a proposal for the Health and Wellness Knowledge Center, go to:


  • Security Measures – Special interactive sessions on different aspects of campus resiliency and preparedness. Sign up to share information on campus procedures ranging from communication strategies, planning, equipment, and partnerships that work. To submit a proposal for the Security Measures Knowledge Center, go to: