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2012-13 Meeting Planner Special Supplement

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43rd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress
Oct. 10-13, 2012   •  Boston, Mass.  •  Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center

“Leveraging student success through partnerships, innovation and evidence” is the theme of the 43rd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, to be held Oct. 10-13 in Boston, Mass.  Each year, more than 1,200 community college trustees and presidents convene at ACCT’s Congress, the largest international meeting for community college trustees.

“The commitment we made several years ago to improving college completion rates and overall student success is one of the greatest challenges we could have taken on,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.  “But we had to do it — all of us in the community and technical college sector — because without community colleges, there is no way our country could have kept the commitment.”

“Partnerships,” Brown continued, “are critical to making it happen.”

Partnerships, innovation, and evidence have been critical to a number of ACCT’s own student-success initiatives, including the Governance Institute for Student Success, a state-based initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership program. The institute brings together college trustees and presidents to evaluate their colleges’ effectiveness and set goals and processes for improvement.   ACCT also has partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the College Board on the Voluntary Framework of Accountability, and with Single Stop USA to help students and families move toward economic mobility.

This year’s esteemed ACCT Leadership Congress keynote speakers come from all the areas necessary to make partnerships work:

Higher Education

  • Paul E. Lingenfelter, president, State Higher Education Executive Officers.
  • Gene Wilhoit, executive director, Council of Chief State School Officers.


  • Sterling Speirn, president and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 


  • Bill Green, executive chairman, Accenture.


  • Byron Pitts, contributing correspondent, 60 Minutes, and CBS News chief national correspondent,

The 2012 ACCT Leadership Congress will feature about 80 sessions organized around six tracks: partnerships, evidence, innovation, financial reality, equity and diversity, and effective governance.  Three pre-Congress academies will offer educational and information-sharing opportunities on effective board governance, presidential contracts, and how to be an effective board chair.

“ACCT is excited and proud to play such a significant role in the community college completion movement,” Brown said.  “This October, we will be taking great strides in moving the completion conversation into action.  We look forward to the participation of the trustees, presidents and other community college leaders, as well as federal and state legislators who will be in Boston to listen to one another and make sure their own voices are heard.”

For more information about ACCT, visit www.acct.organd be sure to follow ACCT on Twitter @CCTrustees.  


2013 Registration Now Open •  Registration Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Do you want to make a difference in student learning and retention at your college?

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) affords colleges a great opportunity to ascertain how they are doing in those areas that matter most. Registration for the 2013 administration of CCSSE is underway and will remain open until November 1, or the point at which membership reaches 350 colleges.

For more information about CCSSE and to register please visit: http://www.ccsse.org/


Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing high-quality training sessions focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. We realize that higher education budgets are tight. We offer online, on-demand training at an affordable cost.

All of our live webinars include institutional access to the recording for one full year. We include the recording so that institutions can train their entire staff, including those who could not attend the live session and those who will be coming onboard as new employees.

Go2Knowledge™ is a new, innovative, and easy tool you can use to provide professional development opportunities to faculty, staff, and departments across campus. Go2Knowledge™ includes access to 50+ on-demand trainings that cover the categories of at-risk populations, campus safety, organizational development, student success, technology, and teaching and learning. New trainings are added each semester. Since they are on-demand, your entire institution has unlimited access 24/7. This tool includes printable certificates of completion, monthly reporting, built-in evaluations, web portal & LMS integration, branded marketing materials, handouts, and implementation guides.

Innovative Educators can also help you support student success. StudentLingo™ is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans, and valuable resources focused on helping students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. These video-based workshops cover topics such as overcoming test anxiety, understanding and avoiding plagiarism, effective writing strategies, reading comprehension, financial aid basics, stress management, exploring careers, choosing a major, and more! Several workshops are available in both English and Spanish.

It’s time to do more with less. Let us help you provide cost-effective training that supports the professional development of faculty and staff and the success of your students.

More information is available at www.innovativeeducators.org.

It’s time to start planning for the Innovations 2013 Conference, and the League for Innovation in the Community College is pleased to announce that our 15th annual conference will be held March 10-13, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.

Innovations 2013 is the premier event for professionals dedicated to improving organizational teaching and learning, and discovering new approaches for enhancing the community college experience. The conference provides a tremendous forum for collaboration among academic experts and leading community college professionals, while granting participants exclusive access to the most inventive and thought-provoking programs from around the world.

The conference provides opportunities for colleagues to showcase their model programs, share lessons learned, and look to the future by experiencing a wide array of new ideas through the Conference Streams:

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Workforce Preparation and Development
  • Student Success
  • Basic Skills and Developmental Education
  • Resource Development and Foundation Management
  • Research, Assessment, and Accountability
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Sustainability
  • Open Educational Resources

The 2013 conference features:

  • Engaging keynote speakers discussing critical issues facing community college educators.
  • Forums, Special Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Sessions.
  • Learning Center Courses —
  • three-hour and six-hour intensive workshops granting Certificates of Completion.
  • 24-Hour Email and Internet Lab.
  • An extensive exhibition featuring educational products and services.
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions and refreshment breaks.

More information is available at www.league.org 


The STEMtech conference is an international convening that emphasizes increasing student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at all levels. Over 400 sessions focus on improving STEM education, better aligning educational systems with each other and local workforce needs, and exploring technology's role in the teaching and learning processes.

College and university faculty members, K-12 teachers, administrators, government officials, community and business/industry representatives, and others involved in STEM education and information technology are invited to explore research, best practices, and other ideas with their colleagues from across the country and around the world.

Highlighted for the 2012 STEMtech conference are sessions about implementing STEM education in a manner that reflects the interdependence of STEM subjects, as well as sessions about partnerships involving school districts, community colleges, four-year institutions, and business and industry to provide a comprehensive community-based approach to STEM education.

Sessions at the 2012 STEMtech conference are presented in the following tracks:

  • Health and Science
  • Energy, Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability
  • Mathematics, Engineering, and Architecture
  • Manufacturing, Industry, Agriculture, and Aerospace
  • Technology, Multimedia, and Telecommunications
  • Recruiting, Retaining, and Transitioning Students Into
  • STEM Programs
  • The Integration of STEM and the Liberal Arts
  • Technology Systems and Applications
  • E-Learning Resources

Join us in Kansas City, Mo., for this unique and enlightening experience. Visit www.league.org/2012/stemtechto register.


10th Annual Conference 
Oct. 7-10, 2012   •  Chicago, Ill. •  Hyatt Regency O'Hare

When community college administrators and faculty, as well as foundations and entrepreneurs from across the country come together in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 7-10, for the 2012 National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Conference, it will mark the 10th national gathering of individuals who are working hard every day to fulfill NACCE’s vision of creating economic vitality through entrepreneurship. As NACCE celebrates its 10th anniversary, it is thrilling to be able report that interest in this mission has never been stronger, with visible leadership and support coming from governments at all levels, including the White House.

When NACCE began as an idea among a group of educators at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Mass., few would have forecast the rapid growth and ever-expanding reach our fledgling nonprofit would experience in its first decade. A local entrepreneur, S. Prestley Blake, a founder of the Friendly Ice Cream Corp., provided $100,000 in seed money. Additional early support came from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a leading supporters of entrepreneurship education and programming, and the Coleman Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Chicago that continues to award Elevator Grants at our annual conference to help colleges initiate and grow various entrepreneurship initiatives.

From this early support has grown a membership organization of nearly 300 colleges in the U.S. and abroad, representing over 1,400 entrepreneurship education professionals. Through these educators, approximately 465,000 students are exposed to the possibility of putting their newly acquired skills and knowledge to work in their own business, if not immediately then at some point in the future. Also, untold numbers of small businesses and would-be entrepreneurs receive mentoring, education, incubation, and even financial support via business plan competitions and funding through cutting-edge programs such as the Innovation Fund established at Ohio’s Lorain County Community College, a program the Kauffman Foundation is helping them spread nationally.

The emergence of entrepreneurship as a hot topic on the national stage in the wake of the recession has helped raise NACCE’s profile and those of its member colleges significantly over the past few years. As unemployment continues to remain at high levels in many parts of the country, large numbers of people have turned to community colleges for help to “create a job instead of take a job.”

As a result of this high interest in how the nation can support entrepreneurship, in 2011, NACCE became a founding partner of the Startup America Partnership, which brings together entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations and other leaders along with a wide range of federal agencies to push forward the goal of accelerating high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.

Also in 2011, NACCE joined with the American Association of Community Colleges to launch a Virtual Incubation Network at 11 colleges in 11 states. Now in its second year, this pilot program, funded by The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, is also a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and its Small Business Development Centers, many of which operate on community college campuses.

NACCE’s newest initiative, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum (PFEF), is designed to ensure that community colleges are seen as leaders when it comes to helping individuals, families, and communities achieve economic well being through new business creation.

In joining PFEF, community college presidents – both NACCE members and non-members – agree to five commitments that will advance entrepreneurship in their communities. To date over 180 community college presidents have joined PFEF and these leaders will be invited to participate in a White House event in the early fall

This year’s conference

Our annual conference, which attracts about 450 educational professionals and entrepreneurs, is the highlight of the NACCE year and certainly we’re planning our best conference ever in honor of our 10th anniversary. With over 50 learning sessions and workshops, and keynote addresses by Johnny Earle, founder of Johnny Cupcakes; Steve Mariotti, founder of the network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; and Ray Charles Robinson, Jr., entrepreneur and author of You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father Ray Charles.

A pre-conference symposium on Creating Community Partnerships in Support of Entrepreneurship will focus on how to build a community’s capacity for entrepreneurship through partnerships, which are a key component of economic development. The symposium will be based on the contents of the third volume of NACCE’s Quick Start Guide series, a set of six guides filled with interviews with leaders in entrepreneurship education and numerous case studies describing successful programs around the nation.

Registration is now open for NACCE’s 2012 Conference: Committed to Entrepreneurship.

For full details, visit http://www.nacce2012.com.

Also, to learn more about NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum, visit http://www.nacce.com/?page=Commitments.

Finally, information on NACCE’s Quick Start Guides is available at http://www.nacce.com/?page=essentialpractices.


36th Annual Conference
Oct. 4-7, 2012  •  Nashville, Tenn.  •  Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Students’ academic, personal, and career success has never been as important in higher education as it is today. Student persistence to graduation has become a component of strategic planning goals at institutions across the globe. Research continues to demonstrate that student success initiatives must have institution-wide support with collaboration across all units of a college campus.

Academic advising is the linchpin for successful collaborative initiatives at our institutions. It is the students’ academic advising experience during the first year that connects them to the resources and services they need and teaches them skills and strategies for persistence to graduation. Throughout students’ undergraduate and graduate experiences on college campuses, regardless of institutional type, mission, or size, their academic advising experiences and the one-on-one relationships they build with academic advisors ensure their success.

NACADA provides members with a multitude of free resources and information via the NACADA Clearinghouse. In addition, NACADA members receive significant discounts for numerous publications, webcasts, the annual conference each fall, ten regional conferences in the spring, and a series of institutes and seminars. Through these resources and events, NACADA is invaluable to institutions striving to improve the persistence of their students!

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consulting and Speaker Service, an Awards Program, and funding for Research related to academic advising.

NACADA evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has more than 10,000 members representing 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and several other international countries. Members represent higher education institutions across the spectrum of Carnegie classifications and include professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators and students whose responsibilities include academic advising.

For more information about NACADA visit: www.nacada.ksu.edu


11th Annual Conference 
March 8-10, 2013  •  Dallas, Texas  •  Hilton Anatole

The National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) promotes the community college role in the recruitment, preparation, retention, and renewal of diverse early childhood and K-12 teachers and advances quality teacher education programs in the community college. NACCTEP serves as a voice for community colleges in national discussions about teacher education; works to enhance current community college teacher education programs; serves as a resource for those looking to develop new programs; and facilitates connections between community college teacher education programs and faculty.

In addition to supporting membership through the NACCTEP website and publications such as association newsletters, news alerts, and member profiles, NACCTEP holds an annual national conference. The NACCTEP national conference, Think Big: Community College Teacher Education Programs, will be held in Dallas, Texas, March 8-10, 2013. This conference is for everyone involved with teacher education. Faculty, deans, presidents, chancellors, PreK-12 educators, business partners, educational organizations, educational partners, and students are encouraged to attend. NACCTEP members receive a reduced registration rate and a discounted rate is available for teacher education students.

Think Big is the perfect opportunity to connect and network with colleagues and partners who share your passion for teacher education; learn about quality programs that are developing future teachers and enhancing the skills of practicing educators; and explore new ideas for program options, practices, partnerships, and policies. Conference activities will include networking opportunities, a dynamic keynote speaker, forums, breakout sessions, and a Roundtable Discussion session to facilitate dialog among professionals.

NACCTEP membership consists of over 170 community colleges and teacher education partners from 41 states and the District of Columbia. NACCTEP members offer a variety of teacher education programs on their campuses, including associate degrees in education, transfer programs, baccalaureate programs, post baccalaureate programs, and paraprofessional programs. With accessibility, adaptability, and fostering of innovative partnerships, NACCTEP is positioned to address teacher preparation and professional development needs. Become a pioneer in this exciting and important association and join today.

For more information, visit www.nacctep.orgor contact us at nacctep@domail.maricopa.edu.


2012 Leadership Symposium
Sept. 20-22, 2012  •  Long Beach, Calif.  •  Renaissance Hotel

We invite you to attend the 2012 National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Symposium September 20-22, 2012 at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, Calif. Our hosts, Long Beach City College, Rio Hondo College and Oxnard College, are planning an exciting and informative symposium with relevant topics that will assist you in thriving as a leader in these challenging times regardless of your cultural background. You will experience many opportunities to hear from nationally recognized keynote speakers, participate in dynamic sessions that address issues of concern to our Latino community, develop leadership skills, and network with seasoned professionals.

You will experience many opportunities to hear from nationally recognized keynote speakers, participate in dynamic sessions that address issues of concern to our Latino community, develop leadership skills, and network with seasoned professionals. Look for additional details at
Our general sessions include:

  • Implications of the 21st Century Commission Report presented by Walter Bumphus, president & CEO, American Association of Community Colleges.
  • Paul J. Luna – President and Chief Executive Officer, Helios Education Foundation.
  • A Trustee Panel with representation from multiple states.
  • A President's Panel: Growing Latinos in Leadership Roles

We will offer a total of 15 breakout sessions at the conference.

Using attendee feedback from past symposiums and current hot topics concerning community colleges and how we impact our students and communities, the conference planning committee has identified the following topic areas for presentations:

  • Leadership Support and Development (internal and
    external relations, mentoring/talent management programs, partnering for success, advocacy and legislation, trustee expectations/communication strategies)
  • Strategies for Supporting Student Success in the 21st Century (recruitment, retention, and completion strategies, serving returning veterans, serving immigrant students and assessing student learning outcomes)
  • Workforce Training and Development (new program development, green initiatives, biosciences, STEM, health care initiatives and globalizing the curriculum)
  • Image Development/Communications (marketing, public relations, and social networking)
  • Resource Development//Fundraising/Creative Budget Management
  • Strategic Planning Efforts
    (ex., college-wide, technology, enrollment management, distance education, sustainability, and program specific planning and environmental scanning)

Go to
www.ncchc.comfor registration details and additional information including a basic conference agenda. Website will be updated periodically between now and the conference, so keep checking back!

Finally, we would appreciate your assistance in reaching out to vendors you work with who might potentially benefit from a relationship with NCCHC and encourage them to take a look at the Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities posted at
www.ncchc.com. Opportunities range from a high of $15,000 for a corporate sponsorship to a low of $100 for a business card ad in the program so there’s truly something for everyone.

Our sponsors to date include the following. We thank them for there support.

CommunityCollegeJobs.com (in kind)
Community College Week (in kind)
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (in kind)
Hennepin Technical College
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
(in kind)
LatinosinHigherEd.com (in kind)
Maricopa Community Colleges
Oxnard College
San Antonio College
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
Triton College

We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach!


NETWORK 2012 Conference
Sept. 17-19, 2012  •  Kansas City, Mo.  •  Intercontinental Hotel Kansas City at the Plaza

Challenged with unprecedented change in demographics, competition, decreasing state funding, increasing costs and changing federal policy, distance learning professionals and leaders will come together at this year’s NETWORK 2012 Conference, Sept. 17-19, 2012, in historic Kansas City, Mo.

Join your NUTN colleagues to hear exciting keynote speakers that include John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College, and receive a free copy of his book “Courageous Learning: Finding A New Path Through Higher Education.” Also hear Linda Thor, chancellor of Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the most prominent community college districts in the nation, serving more than 45,000 students each year in Silicon Valley of California. Also hear Michael Goldstein, a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dow Lohnes, PLLC, where he is co-leader of the firm’s higher education industry practice.

This year's anniversary conference will be hosted at The Intercontinental Hotel Kansas City at the Plaza. Landmark elegance at the city's best address - just steps away from the Country Club Plaza entertainment district.

For more information about this inspiring organization, sponsorship opportunities or to register for this year’s conference, visit nutn.org/network2012 now!

About the National University Technology Network

The NUTN Network is a professional development network for innovative leaders advancing teaching and learning in the distance learning field. Headquartered at the Dallas County Community College District's R. Jan LeCroy Center, the National University Technology Network (NUTN) is a consortium of higher education institutions and provides a networking and professional development arena for the advancement of teaching and learning.

NUTN members represent a widely diverse group of innovative leaders in the advancement of teaching and learning. NUTN recognizes that our member institutions are at many different points along the continuum of the implementation of educational technologies. The organization provides member institutions the opportunity for networking and collaboration to face the challenges for successful implementation of these technologies.

NUTN members may take part in professional development activities provided through the Resource Groups and annual Summit events. It is through these events and activities that the opportunities for networking and leveraging of institutional resources begin. By networking NUTN members have availed themselves of the services of other members to help assess their home institutions and move to solutions. NUTN members also find collaboration opportunities as a result of their membership in the organization—leading to unique solutions and potential funding sources for new and innovative projects.

Essential to the functioning of the organization is an elected and appointed National Advisory Board. The Advisory Board represents and articulates the needs, concerns, and wishes of the membership. Critically, it provides a broad perspective for membership while seeking to ensure NUTN members remain at the cutting edge in their knowledge and use of new and emerging technologies.


The NUTN Network has been structured to provide greater assistance to its members and opportunities for professional development and networking. All of this has been designed to meet the challenges of the developing digital world, as well as the burgeoning demands of educational technologies on our nation's campuses.

The organization offers six different levels of membership to meet the needs and budget of educators in all categories. Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Opportunities for:
    - Networking
    - Mentoring and guidance
    - Participation in Committee or Resource Group
    - Participation in professional development events sponsored by the Resource Groups
  • Information sharing and networking with colleagues
  • Collaboration
  • Funding and partnerships with other organizations:
    - Discount pricing for a variety of conferences, and special events
    - Eligibility to serve on Advisory Board
    - NUTN listserv subscriber
    - Link to your institution's web site
    - Provides full voting rights as identified in Bylaws—one vote

For details on the organization, membership and application, and all other information, please visit the website at www.nutn.organd become part of the network!


2012 Annual Conference
Sept. 25-27, 2012  •  Dubuque, Iowa  •  Grand Harbor Resort and Grand River Center

The Rural Community College Alliance is a network and advocacy group that helps build the capacity of member community colleges to improve the educational and economic prospects for rural America. The Alliance seeks to reduce rural isolation and share effective solutions to problems facing distressed rural communities.

RCCA traces its roots to the Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI), a national demonstration program at 24 community and tribal colleges initiated by the Ford Foundation in 1994.

Why an alliance?

Rural America faces tough challenges. Long-term declines in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and timber threaten many communities. Even in rapid-growth regions, low-income residents are left behind. Education often is undervalued.

Rural communities have many assets — rich cultural and natural resources, and people who have strong ties to the land, their towns, neighbors, and families.

RCCA helps colleges build their communities’ capacity for sustainable development. Rural community colleges prepare adults of all ages and backgrounds for new opportunities. They also can lay the foundation for a stronger economy through strategic planning and leadership development, workforce training, entrepreneurship education and small business assistance.

Rural community colleges often find themselves isolated from peer institutions and cutting-edge ideas. Few national forums focus on the unique challenges facing our colleges and communities. RCCA provides opportunities to learn from peers and national experts. In turn, these experiences strengthen member colleges and make them more effective catalysts for community renewal.
This year’s annual conference will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Grand Harbor Resort and Grand River Center, Dubuque Iowa. The theme is “Rural Community Colleges Prepared for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.” This annual event attracts more than 150 community college administrators and faculty from all over the U.S. and Canada. For information on the conference contact Nancy Kilbride, Events Your Way at
events@eventsyourwaynh.com. Visit the RCCA website to view the conference schedule and to register as an attendee or become a sponsor or exhibitor.

For more information on the association, or to join, contact RCCA President Randy Smith, (580) 481-0249 or email: randy.smith@ruralccalliance.org


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