Report roundup

Here are three reports to know about this month: Leadership transitions The rate of transitions among community colleges’ top leaders has slowed since its peak seven years ago, but that may change within the next few years as a wave of presidents reach retirement age, according to a new report from the American Association of […]

Icons of community service

Community service has long been one of the outstanding features of the community college. Edmund J. Gleazer, Jr., president of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC) — now AACC — from 1958 to 1981, had long advocated for community service as a major priority of the community college. Under his leadership, the […]

Career, community and caring

A brand new set of graduates from Cleveland State Community College’s MIG Welding program Friday marks the sixth year of a special partnership with The Refuge, a non-profit group which helps find opportunities and education for many in need. After 40 hours of welding training – which includes instruction in industry math, safety, classroom training, […]

Summer camps go virtual

The summer is a prime time for many community colleges to reach out to K-12 students through workshops and camps. Because of the pandemic, most colleges are moving their summer experiences online. Alaska’s Ilisagvik College has canceled its overnight summer camps, which serve “as a bridge for students to encourage them to attend college, and […]

Tools to tell your story

Community colleges presidents will often talk about their students, faculty and programs in a way that inspires and enlightens others. The stories are plentiful because community colleges are a place where anyone can access a pathway toward better—better grades, better opportunities, better career options, better citizens, better jobs, etc. These stories are real and the […]

College Readiness Resources

 Completion > College Readiness AACC and AASA The American Association of Community Colleges and the School Superintendents Association (AASA) regularly convenes leaders to share promising practices in college readiness between K-12 and community colleges. Reports of the proceedings are available: Dialogue to Improve Readiness (June 2016) Expanded Pathways for Access and Success:  K-12 and Community College […]

Transfer Resources

Completion > Transfer Resources Colorado Community College System Colorado Community College System (CCCS) convinced its General Assembly (House Bill & Senate Bill) to pass legislation requiring the creation of statewide transfer agreements.  The goal of the statewide transfer agreements is that, upon completion of their associates’ degree in a given subject, students are able to transfer all 60 […]


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 […]

What New CEOs Need to Know and What AACC can do to Help Them

According to the membership database of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), there have been nearly 600 reported presidential transitions in the past three fiscal years. Transitions are defined as retirements, terminations, or sitting presidents applying for and assuming new CEO positions at colleges. In addition to transition at the CEO-level, colleges are experiencing […]

Why Connecting with Faculty is Key to Success

It’s no secret that engaging students is critical to the success agenda. But, for a lot of community colleges, engaging faculty is just as important. What follows is an excerpt of an article that first appeared as part of a series on leadership by AACC Associate Editor Ellie Ashford in AACC’s Community College Daily. If […]