The officers, directors, members and Executive Director of the Community College Baccalaureate Association recognize that the CCBA is one of many associations interested in improving access to postsecondary education. The League for Innovation has partnered with the CCBA for the past six years and has provided, among other things, a pre-conference infrastructure for the CCBA annual conference. During the past two years, CCBA leadership has formed informal and formal affiliations with a number of organizations. CCBA is now an Affiliate Council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Last year’s conference included joint sessions, an exhibit hall and Opening Reception with the attendees of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) and will do so at the 2007 conference. After the publication of a Position Statement on Baccalaureate Nursing Programs Offered by Community Colleges in 2005, the CCBA and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have been in dialog. The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and CCBA have developed cross-conference agreements. Discussions with other organizations interested in issues of access and of like minds are underway.
An overview each of the Like Minds associations and information about upcoming conferences follows.
The League for Innovation in the Community College
The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. We host conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications, provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with our member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in our continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.
Since 1968, the League has been making a difference in community college education and in the lives of millions of educators and students. This thumbnail sketch captures highlights of the League’s thirty-seven years of accomplishments and contributions and offers a glimpse into why Change magazine calls the League the “most dynamic organization in the community college world.” www.League.org
American Association of Community Colleges
Founded in 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the leading proponent and the national “voice for community colleges.” Today, AACC’s membership represents close to 95 percent of all accredited U.S. two-year community, junior and technical colleges and their 10.5 million students, as well as a growing number of international members.
AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level. AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research, and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media. Its efforts are focused in five strategic actions areas:
- Recognition and Advocacy for Community Colleges
- Student Access, Learning and Success
- Community College Leadership Development
- Economic and Workforce Development
- Global and Intercultural Education
Community College Press
AACC’s Community College Press publishes a number of monographs, research briefs, and books to help its member institutions reach their goals and fully implement their role in their communities.
Some recent releases include “Cool Community Colleges: Creative Approaches to Economic Development” by Stuart Rosenfeld; “Handbook on CEO–Board Relations and Responsibilities” by George R. Boggs, foreword by Constance M. Carroll; and “Establishing and Sustaining Learning-Centered Community Colleges” by Christine McPhail. All of AACC’s publications can be seen at www.aacc.nche.edu/Bookstore.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for America’s baccalaureate- and higher-degree nursing education programs.
AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and practice in nursing— the nation’s largest health care profession. For more information: www.aacn.nche.edu
National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) connects community college administrators and faculty with knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial thinking, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation. NACCE holds an annual conference, hosts a dynamic list-serv, develops web resources such as shared entrepreneurship curricula and syllabi for faculty, creates guides in beginning and sustaining entrepreneurship and student business incubation programs, as well as, tips for grant proposals specific to entrepreneurial endeavors at community colleges. For more information: www.nacce.com.
National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs
The mission of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs is to promote the community college role in the recruitment, preparation, retention, and renewal of diverse PreK-12 teachers and to advance quality teacher education programs in the community college. For more information: www.NACCTEP.org
Community College Week
Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees.
Published biweekly, Community College Week’s readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators. In each edition, our readers find news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities. www.ccweek.com