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A number of community colleges thus far have sustained substantial damages in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our nation’s community colleges have weathered these storms with admirable resilience, serving as resources for their communities even after enduring great hardships. With a historic third category-five hurricane moving through the Caribbean, ACCT is concerned for those in Maria's path.

According to reports, Maria is inflicting heavy damage in the Caribbean as it continues to move toward the northwest. However, we want to answer inquiries from members about how to help students affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Florida and Texas colleges have created funds with the specific aim of helping students who have been devastated by these recent storms. 

COLLEGE PRIDE DAY - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Whether you're a trustee, president, professional board staff, administrator, or friend, chances are your community colleges' colors will forever hold a special place in your heart. 

Today, the Trump Administration announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, providing a six-month window to begin winding down the program for the nearly 800,000 affected recipients. The program was instituted by the Obama Administration in 2012.

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President and CEO J. Noah Brown offered the following statement in response.

According to recent reports, officials from the Trump Administration have indicated that President Donald J. Trump presently is weighing options relating to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This includes the possibility of phasing out or terminating the program. DACA is critically important to thousands of community college students. As the Administration moves toward making a decision regarding the status of the more than 750,000 young people registered under DACA, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) would like to once again affirm strong support for DACA and our DACA students.

The ACCT Board of Directors, staff and our membership nationwide are distraught about the catastrophic flooding in Texas in the continued fury of Hurricane Harvey. Our colleges, students, and all residents of the region are in our thoughts this weekend. The association encourages anyone with means, no matter how small, to bear in mind those less fortunate ​and to help in any way you can. 

 

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEADERS 

RECEIVE REGIONAL AWARDS

 

2017 ACCT Regional Awards Recipients Announced;

Regional Awardees Compete for National-level Recognition

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the

Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Las Vegas

 

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 Morgan Chandler at 202-775-2406 or mchandler@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.

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