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The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)*
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/
The AACC's web page provides information on the Association's conferences, workshops and other activities, as well as current updates on legislation affecting education. Links to other education-related sites are also provided. Their most recent project, New Expeditions, aims to set a vision and strategic direction for the nation's community colleges in the first part of the next century.

*Affiliate Councils of AACC include:


Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
http://www.acct.org/
ACCT represents the over 6,000 elected and appointed officials who govern community, technical, and junior colleges in the US and Canada. Major activities of ACCT are trustee education and assisting boards in developing and affecting public policy.
 

Association for the Study of Higher Education
http://www.ashe.ws/
ASHE is a scholarly society with about 1,300 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study. The Association promotes collaboration among its members and others engaged in the study of higher education through research, conferences, and publications, including its highly regarded journal, The Review of Higher Education.
 

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
http://www.cccco.edu/
The mission of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the state Chancellor's Office is to empower the community colleges through leadership, advocacy and support. The vision of the board and chancellor is to build a better future for California by providing exceptional leadership, advocacy and support on behalf of California's Community Colleges. These efforts will foster access, success and lifelong learning for all students while simultaneously advancing the state's interests in a skilled workforce and an educated citizenry.

 

Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC)
http://www.cccco.edu/ChancellorsOffice/Divisions/TechResearchInfo/ResearchandPlanning/ARCC/tabid/292/Default.aspx
The California Community Colleges System Office is currently working on implementing the framework set forth by AB 1417. The implementation of AB 1417 is known as Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC).

 

Center for Community College Policy
http://www.communitycollegepolicy.org/default.asp
The Center, based at the Education Commission of the States in Denver, conducts research and analysis; serves as a clearinghouse for state officials, college leaders and the media on issues of community college policy at the state level; and organizes national, regional and state-level workshops around issues of community college policy.

 

Community College National Center for Community Engagement
http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/other/engagement/mtm/offaculty.jsp
A membership organization which supports a burgeoning level of community service activity among students, faculty and administration on over 500 college and university campuses across the country.

 

Community College Research Center
http://www.tc.columbia.edu/
Housed in the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College/Columbia University, the Community College Research Center's mission is to frame critical questions concerning the fundamental purposes, problems, and performance of community colleges, and to chart a course of strengthening scholarly research on the future of these institutions.
 

Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., (CCID)
http://ccid.kirkwood.cc.ia.us/
A consortium of 22 member and 56 affiliate colleges representing 27 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces, Australia, UK, Denmark, and Japan. CCID colleges identify, develop, and expand mutually beneficial international programs, projects, and services. Through contracts and grants, CCID provides training and technical assistance in occupational, vocational, and technical education; opportunities for international study, exchange, and professional development for the students and faculty of partner colleges and institutions; and leadership and educational services in relevant disciplines and technologies.

 

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (University of Texas-Austin)
http://www.ccsse.org/
This site provides information on learning-centered indicators of quality for community colleges. The survey is a versatile, research-based tool that will be useful to colleges as a benchmarking instrument, diagnostic tool, and monitoring device.
 

Institute for Community College Research
http://www.sunybroome.edu/iccr/
The ICCR is a not-for-profit research organization administered by the BCC-Foundation for the benefit of Broome Community College. Its purpose is to assist the college in its educational mission by conducting research on the educational process at the college or at other schools for comparative purposes.
 

The League for Innovation in the Community College
http://www.league.org
The League for Innovation in the Community College is a non-profit educational consortium of leading community colleges organized to stimulate innovation and experimentation in all areas of community college development. Founded in 1968 the League serves as a catalyst, project incubator, and experimental laboratory for community colleges throughout the United States and Canada.

 

AACC's Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Initiative
The Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Initiative is the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) focal point for all issues relating to minority education in community colleges. Its principle roles include: projecting at every opportunity the importance of effective and sensitive minority education membership, working with other national associations and organizations to strengthen the voice of such efforts to federal managers and policy makers, and taking on action itself and encouraging new initiatives and program innovation throughout the national network of community colleges.
 

National Community College Chair Academy (NCCCA)
http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/chair/
The Chair Academy focuses on preparing community college leaders for their dual role as manager and administrator on the one hand and faculty member/advocate on the other.
 

National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE)
http://ced.ncsu.edu/ahe/nilie/index.html
Conducts research and disseminates information on strategies to link leadership to institutional effectiveness and the improvement of student success through quality initiatives in community colleges.
 

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
http://www.nisod.org/
NISOD's home page provides information on organizational activities related to information dissemination, networking, training, collaboration, and conferences. Selected NISOD publications and information on the University of Texas
Community College Leadership Program are also available.
 

Office of Community College Research and Leadership
http//:occrl.ed.uiuc.edu/
Initiated in 1989, this Office operates within the College of Education of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Office is dedicated to research, development and technical assistance dealing with critical policy issues facing the community college system in the state of Illinois. Projects dealing with P16/student transition (e.g., tech prep, school-to-work transition) and workforce development are prominent. Funding for the Office comes primarily from state and federal agencies, and corporate and foundation support is secured for selected projects.
 

Priest Center for Community College Education
http://www.unt.edu/highered/Priest/
This center is concerned with issues related to public policy and community colleges, including finance, administration, and alternative teacher certification.

 

Rural Community College Alliance
http://www.ruralccalliance.org/
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.
 

The Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI)
http://www.mdcinc.org/rcci/
The Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI) is a national demonstration that helps community colleges in distressed regions move their people and communities toward prosperity. It supports aggressive and creative efforts to increase jobs, income, and access to education in rural communities.
 

Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students (TRUCCS), University of Florida
http://www.coe.ufl.edu/Leadership/ihe/TRUCCS/About.html
This group conducts a three-year, longitudinal and comprehensive study of the goals, success and academic patterns of 5,000 Community College students in urban Los Angeles.

 

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