As I step into my new role as ACCE President, I can’t help but consider the major accomplishments we have achieved over the past few years. When I first joined ACCE in 2004-05, we were fiercely advocating for equalization of funding and eventually achieved it with the CDCP rate of enhanced funding. (Remember SB361?) This opened doors for some of us, and for others it helped to keep our doors open during the economic downturn, beginning in 2007-08. Today, we have different challenges (good ones!) that are the result of new initiatives, restored categorical funding, and collaborative opportunities with partners across our regions and the state.
So here are just some of the critical issues that are currently on our ACCE radar: Progress Indicators: Board of Governors is currently reviewing the recommendation of adding Satisfactory Progress (SP) as an indicator of success for noncredit, requires title 5 changes. We want this to be approved!
- Noncredit SSSP: Implementation of Common Assessment Initiative and CCCApply processes are being hashed out with workgroups so that our support services can be adequately reported in the new noncredit SSSP funding formula. Locally, we need to identify gaps and align our data to the data elements coding for proper upload (and pay points).
- Fee-based and Credit Co-enrollment: ACCE is still pursuing advice and direction for this option which has the potential to provide additional opportunities for student access. This has been reviewed extensively in SACC and discussions will hopefully continue in the coming year.
Updates on these “hot topics” and much more will be communicated to you via our ACCE website, the noncredit and community education listservs, our one-day fall workshops, and our annual spring conference. If you or a colleague would like to be added to one or both listservs, please contact your Council Leaders or the ACCE website administrator (contact information is on our website). Dates for the Drive-In Workshops are set for October 21 (Fri.) for the north and November 10 (Thur.) for the south. We also have the spring conference dates scheduled, so please save the dates of February 1 – 3 and prepare to stay at a lovely San Diego beach-side hotel. We are working on a special rate for conference attendees.
Last, but not least, I want to send a special welcome message to our new council leaders. Carla Muldoon, Cindy Chang, and Jan Young: You will help your colleagues in the field and learn so much along the way!!