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March 2, 2021  

Trusteeship Fundamentals: The Board’s Governing Functions

This is the first in a series of episodes dedicated to the fundamentals of community college governance. In this series, Jaci King, co-editor of the recently released Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, interviews chapter authors about how to govern.

In this episode, King interviews former longtime Washtenaw Community College Trustee and former ACCT Board of Directors Member David Rutledge about the board and its governing functions. Among the topics discussed:
·        Fiduciary responsibilities: What are they, what do they mean, and how are they carried out on a community college board?
·        What elements of the board role do trustees find most challenging? Are there common pitfalls that trustees can avoid? How can a president or board chair best help board members manage these roles and what should they do if a board member is off-track and creating challenges for the board or the CEO?
·        What qualities make a trustee effective? How these characteristics play out when a board is dealing with an issue or challenge?
·        The size and complexity of community college boards—and the fact that most operate under some type of open meetings requirement—is likely quite different from what trustees may have experienced in the private sector. What advice do you have for new trustees as they become familiar with the way their board functions?

To purchase Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, visit the ACCT Bookstore at https://www.acct.org/publications.

February 23, 2021  

Reskilling for the Pandemic Recession and Recovery

On this episode of In the Know, ACCT’s Former Senior Policy Analyst, Allison Beer, talks with Veena Jayadeva, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Guardian Life Insurance, and Russ Kavalhuna, President of Henry Ford College in Michigan, about Reskilling and Recovery from the COVID 19 Pandemic. Guardian's Veena Jayadeva also discusses why the company has chosen to partner with community colleges for its corporate citizenship efforts. This conversation focuses on a recent ACCT report titled Reskilling for the Pandemic Recession and Recovery. This call was recorded on Zoom, so you may notice a few brief dips in audio quality.

February 16, 2021  

“Hire Purpose” with Deanna Mulligan and Noah Brown

On this episode of In the Know, ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown spoke with Deanna Mulligan, former President and CEO and current Board Chair of Guardian Life Insurance, about her recent book, Hire Purpose.

Deanna and Noah discuss the skills gap, strategies for developing talent, and how community colleges are involved in these topics.

Deanna was the only female CEO of a Fortune 500 company in New York City and was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in business.  

February 2, 2021  

Understanding College Default Rates with TICAS and Guilford Technical Community College

On this episode of In the Know, ACCT's Jacob Bray spoke with Jose Miranda, ACCT’s Senior Government Relations Associate, Lindsay Ahlman, Associate Director of Research and knowledge management at The Institute for College Access and Success, and Ryan Bonner, Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Consumer Relations at Guilford Technical Community College. We discussed a brief published last fall titled “What Works: College Strategies for Reducing Student Loan Default.” This interview was recorded on zoom, so you many notice a few brief dips in audio quality. 

January 26, 2021  

Capitol Hill Update with ACCT and AACC

On this episode of In the Know, ACCT’s Jacob Bray spoke with Katie Brown, ACCT’s Director of Government Relations, Jose Miranda, ACCT’s Senior Government Relations Associate, and Jim Hermes, AACC’s Associate Vice President for Government Relations about what to expect from capitol hill and the white house in the coming year. We also discussed the upcoming national legislative summit and how to prepare. More information will be available in this episode’s description. This conversation was recorded on Zoom, so you might notice a few brief dips in audio quality. This episode was recorded a couple weeks ago, so some information has changed since the time of recording. However, the bulk of the information discussed is still important for community college trustees to know.

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