Convention time at the American Association of
Community Colleges (AACC) is a time of reflection
and renewal—a time to take account of accomplishments and a time to strategize for the coming
year. We sat down with AACC President and CEO
Walter G. Bumphus to get his take on the subject.
CCJ The past few years have placed community
colleges in the national spotlight. Has AACC been
impacted by this increased attention?
WB AACC has definitely been impacted by the
increased attention on the nation’s community
colleges. More so than ever before, AACC has
been able to work directly with President Obama’s
administration to ensure a continued focus on
the issues important to our member colleges. We
are proud to work with the White House on key
initiatives such as My Brother’s Keeper and the
College Promise programs. Most importantly, we
have been able to position AACC and our member
colleges as key leadership necessary to plan and
achieve the goals of increasing access and success
for America’s students. Further, we have been able
to influence policy and bring attention to critical
barriers to student success and ensure that they are
given needed attention in policy-making circles.
We still have work to do, but this has been a year
of tremendous advancement for the community
colleges in America.
CCJ In addition to the policy work, AACC has several
ongoing programs and a few new ones that began in
2015. Can you tell us about these programs?
WB We have several programs and services that
continue to provide meaningful resources for our
member colleges. I hope that all of our members
are a part of the reporting institutions for the
Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA)
database. VFA is helping to reframe reporting
measures to reflect community college-appro-priate metrics and standards. VFA is the first tool
for reporting data that is specific to community
colleges and their unique requirements.
Among our most popular programs, the AACC
Leadership Suite consists of professional development
and renewal opportunities for emerging and current
leaders. With the unprecedented need for leadership
in the community college, these programs o;er individual and team training opportunities for current
and future leaders.
“We are proud to work with the White House
on key initiatives such as My Brother’s
Keeper and the College Promise programs.
Most importantly, we have been able to
position AACC and our member colleges
as key leadership necessary to plan and
achieve the goals of increasing access and
success for America’s students.”
WALTER BUMPHUS, President and CEO of AACC