Advocacy and Funding Resources


AACC is  pleased to offer webinars as a part of its 21st Century Initiative.  All webinars are free, but you must register to participate.  Please click here to see a list of webinars. Webinar Recordings September 24, 2014 Recommendation 3: Closing the Skills Gap Speakers: Mabel Edmonds, Dean for Workforce and Economic Development, Clover Park […]

Taking Stock of Your College Fundraising Efforts

Every good community college president — as well as foundation director — wants to amplify the amount of private philanthropic support they can secure to advance the college. How, though, does a CEO measure the foundation’s performance and know what to expect? Benchmarking your fundraising efforts, while essential, is sometimes tricky for community colleges. Your […]

5 Tips for Winning a TAACCCT Grant

In the four-plus years since President Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, few programs have had a deeper, more pervasive impact on the nation’s community college campuses than the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program has […]

Feds Offer $75M for Bright Ideas to Boost College Completion

President Barack Obama has made no secret of his desire to again make America the world’s No. 1 producer of college graduates. He was hardly in office a month when he challenged the nation’s colleges to double the number of college completers by 2020. Since that time, the president has met with higher education leaders […]

Ready to Succeed: Helping Families Pay for College

College can open the door to higher salaries later in life, but what about the financial hurdles students face while still enrolled? Sometimes scholarships, grants and loans just aren’t enough to meet the increasing financial burden a higher education places on students. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are the latest to consider alternative tuition measures for middle- […]

Student Achievement Measures Resources

 Advocacy and Funding > Voluntary Framework of Accountability > Student Achievement Measures What is SAM?  The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) tracks student movement across postsecondary institutions to provide a more complete picture of undergraduate student progress and completion within the higher education system. SAM is an alternative to the federal graduation rate, which is limited to […]

Voluntary Framework of Accountability Resources

 Advocacy and Funding > Voluntary Framework of Accountability What is VFA? The VFA is the principle accountability framework for community colleges with measures defined to encompass the full breadth of the community college mission and the diversity of students’ goals and educational experiences. More than 60 community college leaders guided the 18-month development of the […]

Policy Agenda Resources

 Advocacy and Funding > Policy Agenda State Policy States must take the lead in the adoption of metrics that align with the community college role, scope, and mission.  In addition, states must continue to implement comprehensive articulation and transfer policies, workforce development policies, and P-20 partnerships.  Therefore, the following recommendations are made concerning state policy […]

Advocacy Resources

 Advocacy and Funding > Advocacy Since their creation, the genius of community colleges has been their local focus.  It only makes sense that advocacy efforts often entailed engaging with local internal and external stakeholders.  In recent years, community colleges have become part of the national conversation centered on student success, workforce development, and economic viability.  […]