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Letter to President Trump Regarding Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals

January 30, 2017

Dear President-Elect Trump:

On behalf of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), which represent the presidents and trustees of the nation’s 1,108 community colleges, we urge you to maintain the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program is of vital importance to thousands of our institutions’ students.

Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo Announces Statewide Community College Promise

January 16, 2017

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is excited to share that Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced a statewide program to make two years of community college education available tuition free for all Community College of Rhode Island students.

Now Available: New Policy Brief on Leveraging Community Colleges in Workforce

December 15, 2016

Today, Education Commission of the States released 10 new policy briefs focused on the interaction between state- and federal-level policies pertaining to higher education. ACCT Senior Policy Analyst Colleen Campbell and Policy Analyst Ivy Love co-authored one of the series briefs, which serves as a resource for community college leaders.

New Report ‘Seizes the Moment’ to Improve College Readiness

AACC, ACCT and Higher Ed for Higher Standards partner to improve community college, K-12 collaboration for student success.

February 8, 2016

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and Higher Ed for Higher Standards today released Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student Success. The report calls on community college presidents and trustees to embrace the higher standards many K-12 school systems have adopted and implement strategies to increase college readiness and success. 

America’s College Promise Will Mend Our Economy

August 31, 2015

“A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain,” says an old Arabian proverb. President Obama introduced America’s College Promise, a proposal to make two years of college education available with no tuition fees to qualifying students.

America's College Promise Act of 2015

July 8, 2015

This morning, Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced legislation, the America's College Promise Actof 2015, into the House of Representatives modeled on President Obama's America's College Promise proposal, introduced in February.  Senator T

ACCT President Discusses US & UK Higher Ed

Earlier this month, ACCT President & CEO J. Noah Brown participated in the 2016 Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference in Birmingham, England.

ACCT Statement on President Trump's 'Skinny' Budget

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."  

Higher Education Act Resources

Information on the Higher Education Act and Community College Priorities

Information on the Higher Education Act and Community College Priorities

Originally signed into law in 1965, the Higher Education Act (HEA) is the law that covers a broad swath of issues that we deal with, everything from federal financial aid to regulations and accreditation. The HEA has been revised or 'reauthorized' eight times, and is currently due for another reauthorization. 

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