Advocacy and Funding Articles

Year-round Pell opens opportunities for students

Getting Congress to approve the use of Pell grants for programs outside the traditional academic calendar was a top legislative priority of the American Association of Community Colleges and was highlighted in AACC’s successful #PellYes campaign on social media. Year-round Pell was available in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years, until budget constraints prompted lawmakers […]

Bill would expand services for veterans

The American Association of Community Colleges and five other higher education organizations are supporting a House bill that would strengthen and expand higher education benefits for veterans and their families. “It comes at an important time for student veterans, as over five million Post-9/11 service members are expected to transition out of the military by […]

Finding skilled workers for 6M available jobs

One of the reasons for the widening gap between the number of available jobs and qualified employees is an overemphasis on bachelor’s degrees as the only postsecondary path, according to David Harrison, president of Columbus State Community College (Ohio). In fact, Harrison told the congressional Joint Economic Committee on July 12 that jobs requiring an […]

Governors support CTE, job-training funding

The National Governors Association (NGA) doesn’t often wade into debates over federal appropriations, especially over specific programs. But the issue of workforce development is so critical to state economies that NGA on Thursday encouraged congressional appropriators not to cut funding for career and technical education and job training programs. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for […]

Restoring year-round Pell

Congressional leaders reached a budget deal Sunday night that includes restoring year-round Pell grants, beginning with the 2017–2018 award year. Restoration of year-round Pell has been a top AACC priority since its elimination in FY 2011.The omnibus bill funds federal agencies through September 30. Starting July 1, the maximum Pell Grant increases to $5,920. A […]

Celebrating Community College Month

Community College Month is a time when college leaders should be bragging about all the contributions they make to the lives of students and to the community. Here are some ideas about celebrating your institution: Invite the public for a visit. Campus tours are a great way of showing off your programs. Include demonstrations with […]

Success from the ground up

When I was asked to write on the Coastal Bend College’s (CBC’s) approach to outreach, I wondered where to begin. I say this to make a point. The first step to take when planning an outreach campaign is to have a plan. Effective outreach campaigns don’t happen by accident. Conversely, when you have an effective […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree — both associate and bachelor’s degrees — in 2015-16 declined by 1.4 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The number of first-time graduates ages 25 […]

The latest on campus carry laws

More states are passing campus carry laws. Eight states have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. This is according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. In 24 states, the decision to ban or allow concealed weapons on campuses is made […]

Getting to yes

In 2011, a bond measure that would benefit Clackamas Community College (CCC) in Oregon failed. The main lesson from that loss, says CCC President Joanne Truesdell, was to know your demographics, and pay attention as they shift. “We learned two important things from that experience,” Truesdell says. “One is that we had a larger number […]