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UPDATE 07/26/2017: 

Please note that our hotel room block at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is currently at capacity. However, we have established a wait list for hotel rooms and will be able to accommodate requests as rooms become available through cancellations. If you are not able to make a hotel reservation at the ACCT group rate after registering for the Leadership Congress, please contact Stephanie Ott at (202) 499-5309 or sott@acct.org to be placed on the Cosmopolitan hotel room wait list.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, the American Council on Education (ACE) announced the appointment of Ted Mitchell as its new president.

This appointment could not be more timely. Ted brings a wealth of experience and policy acumen to this position. While he served as U.S. Under Secretary of Education, Ted was always responsive and thoughtful, genuinely sensitive to the needs of community colleges and our students, and to the sector’s desire to be more fully integrated into the Washington policymaking community.

In 2016, the ACCT Board of Directors adopted a new vision and a set of new strategic priorities designed to further deepen our impact and to leverage the great momentum of community colleges around student success and completion.

The ACCT Board wants to capitalize on the enhanced visibility currently enjoyed by the community college sector to effect even greater change and progress.

We've adopted a creature named BHAG—the Big Hairy Audacious Goal—to drive this new vision, and the purpose of our strategic priorities is to double-down on ACCT’s commitment to support and catalyze the movement:

Student success strategies brought to scale at ACCT member institutions. 

The priorities to drive ACCT’s programs and services to its membership focus on two primary goals, along with select strategies for implementation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 06/16/2017 - The Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is of critical importance to thousands of community college students. We welcome that on the fifth anniversary of the creation of DACA that the Department of Homeland Security has issued information indicating that DACA will remain in place for current recipients.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Trump signed an executive order entitled 'Expanding Apprenticeships in America.' ACCT remains committed to ensuring that community colleges continue their role as economic drivers meeting the demands of today’s workforce through skills attainment. ACCT welcomes the focus and attention the Administration has given to workforce training over the past week, and we look forward to working with the Administration as policies and proposals are further developed.  

Washington, D.C.—Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Chair Bakari G. Lee, Esq. will deliver the 2017 commencement address to the graduating class of Warren County Community College (WCCC) in Washington, New Jersey this Saturday, May 20.

"Standing at the helm of ACCT, Bakari Lee is an outstanding representative of our nation's community colleges and our strong commitment to student success," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. 

Report recommends federal, state, and college policies to improve student outcomes
 
This morning, President Trump released his initial request for funding for fiscal year (FY) 2018. While not the full budget request expected later this spring, early details appear to be at odds with the President's promise to provide for "...a Government that puts the needs of its own people first."  
 
The proposed budget includes a 14 percent cut to the Department of Education and a 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor, including raiding the Pell Grant Account by $3.9 billion, and eliminating Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) program that supports 380,000 community college students.  
 

New Survey of over 33,000 students in 24 states reveals significant life challenges that impede academic persistence and completion.

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