Democracy's Colleges: Call to Action
We, the leaders of national organizations that represent and serve America’s 1,200 community colleges, recognize and celebrate the colleges’ central role in ensuring an educated U.S. citizenry and a globally competitive workforce. We affirm the need for a dramatic increase in the number of Americans with postsecondary degrees and certifications to fulfill critical state and national goals. With the "completion agenda" as a national imperative, community colleges have an obligation to meet the challenge while holding firmly to traditional values of access, opportunity, and quality.
In an unprecedented and unified action, the League for Innovation in the Community College and five other national organizations representing the nation's 1,200 community colleges, their governing boards, their faculty, and their 11.8 million students have pledged in a statement of commitment (PDF) to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. Leaders of the Association of Community College Trustees, League for Innovation in the Community College, Center for Community College Student Engagement, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and Phi Theta Kappa joined American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President George Boggs in signing the Democracy's Colleges: Call to Action statement at AACC's national convention on April 20, 2010.