At the 2017 Association of Community College Trustee's (ACCT) National Legislative Summit (NLS) held February 13-16 in Washington DC, California brought a Community College delegation befitting the largest public postsecondary system in the US.
The January 27, 2017 Executive Order suspending entry of nationals from seven majority Muslim countries serves to renew and reinforce the League’s commitment to the multinational, multiethnic, and extraordinarily diverse student body attending California’s 114 Community Colleges.
The League's recently crafted organizational vision statement, “Quality Public Community Colleges for All Californians” appears especially apt in this post-election environment; both for its mention of all Californians, and its considered use of the modifier public.
Similar to districts and colleges, the League's reconceptualized Strategic Plan maintains fundamental elements of its mission, yet important changes reflect deliberate and considered choices emerging from the planning process.
On November 1st, I participated in an Informational Hearing of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on the status and implementation of Senator Marty Block’s 2014 legislation establishing the community college baccalaureate degree pilot program. The hearing took place at San Diego City College’s Corporate Education Center and was hosted by Chancellor Constance Carroll and the San Diego Community College District.