Saturday, April 8,
Hilton Washington Hotel
Meeting was called to
order by Chairman
Minutes approved, motion by Armstrong to approve.
Financial report delivered by Buonora, motion to approve by Armstrong,
financial report approved.
David Buonora announced that he will be leaving AACC and working for
Howard Community College. He noted that there will be continued
support for the State Directors and a smooth transition of staff will
be worked out by AACC. David was congratulated and thanked by the
group and invited to attend the summer meeting.
Florence Guyer provided an overview of the web site for NCSDCC. The
site includes information from all state directors' offices which have
provided information, and includes 58 files with more than 700
hyperlinks. Ms. Guyer will add more information as it is submitted by
Steve Scott provided information on behalf of Martin Lancaster on the upcoming
summer meeting to be held August 7-9 at Atlantic Beach in North
Carolina. Detailed information was passed out at the meeting to
members who were in attendance.
Art Cohen provided an update on the ERIC
Clearinghouse and urged state directors to provide ongoing updated
reports and studies for the clearinghouse. One third of the states
have nothing posted in the clearinghouse.
State directors provided brief updates of major issues underway in
their states. Hot issues discussed by multiple states included
governance and organizational studies, transfer or merger of
vocational/workforce responsibilities, part-time faculty pay and
benefits, pressures to prepare more trained workers, technology and
distance learning, accountability, and funding strategies.
Eric Johnson with the U.S. Dept. of
Labor provided an update on the Workforce Investment Act. The WIA
repeals JTPA effective July 1. All
state plans have been submitted and will be approved, but some
states will have more comments than others regarding their plans.
Dave Buonora, David Baime, and Dave Pierce provided updates on federal
issues, and on work that has been ongoing regarding the Veterans
Administration's policies regarding nurses. Martin Lancaster has
provided valuable assistance to the AACC staff on this issue.
Katherine Boswell with the Education
Commission of the States, provided an update on their activities.
Funding for the Center for Community College Policy has been provided
by the Dept. of Education. Policy papers have been mailed to state
directors and other interested parties, and the ECS web site provides
access to download the policy papers. She also noted that 45 states
have participated in the ECS finance study. A follow up survey will be
sent to states soon. Additionally, ECS is working with the Ford
Foundation on an articulation and transfer study, and another project
will be focused on how community colleges serve the poor and
Dale Campbell, director of the Institute of Higher Education at the
University of Florida, provided a report on critical issues that were
identified at the recently held Community College Futures Assembly.
The top three issues were: 1) Finding sufficient and multiple sources
of funds for workforce development; 2) Appropriately using outcome
measures for accountability; and 3) Cost of Technology. For additional
information he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Buonora provided an update on the scholarship fund established by
NCSDCC on behalf of Lee Myers, associate NCSDCC member from
Pennsylvania who passed away last year. The Council will send out a
letter soliciting contributions for the scholarship fund. Funds
will be collected by the Council and put into a separate savings
account and after all contributions have been received, the funds will
be turned over to Patricia Meyers to invest for her daughter's
education. For more information on the fund, contact David Baimeemail@example.com.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm.
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