American Association of Community Colleges

Founded in 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the national voice and primary advocacy organization for community colleges in the U.S. Representing over 1,000 two-year colleges, AACC provides thought leadership, advocacy on federal policy matters, academic and workforce resources, technical assistance, and leadership and professional development services to its members. AACC identifies and amplifies evidence-based scalable solutions that help colleges improve student retention, persistence, and completion.  We represent institutions that educate 41% of all undergraduate students.  Community colleges are open access institutions and serve large numbers of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, and students from low-income backgrounds. To serve our institutional members AACC has prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Participation in the Higher Ed Equity Network, has allowed AACC to engage more closely with other organizations interested in aligning policy and practice to support student success for all.

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