Education Leaders Join National Campaign for Tuition-Free Community College

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Association of Community College Trustees and American Association of Community Colleges Support #HeadsUpAmerica Campaign

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This is a watershed moment for our nation.

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President J. Noah Brown and American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., will serve on the National Advisory Board for the College Promise Campaign supporting free community college for responsible students.

Announced today by President Barack Obama and chaired by Second Lady Jill Biden, the College Promise Campaign will raise awareness for programs and services that support tuition-free community college programs.

“This campaign will bring national attention to the need for increased access at community colleges,” said Brown. “‘Promise’ programs provide tuition for students to earn a two-year degree or certificate and are an investment in the future of our country. I am proud to be a part of a movement that will help provide such an important investment in our future.”

The College Promise Campaign will promote America’s College Promise (ACP) programs and advocate for strengthening the federal government investment in post-secondary education. The Administration’s ACP proposal provides for an unprecedented partnership between the federal government and the more than 1,100 community colleges throughout the nation. Modeled after programs in Tennessee and Oregon, universal community college is needed throughout the country to prepare students for 21st-century jobs.

“This is a watershed moment for our nation,” said Bumphus. “The approaches to universal community college are as varied as the students they serve, but they are a pivotal gateway to the middle class for many Americans.” Bumphus continued, “I am proud to serve on the national advisory board and join my colleagues in continuing advocacy for investing in universal community college programs as the pathway to prosperity for thousands of Americans.”

Headed by Civic Nation, the College Promise Campaign was announced by President Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at Macomb Community College in Michigan. The campaign will raise awareness and support for universal community college education for all responsible students and develop broad public understanding that access to universal community college is an investment in America’s future. Rather than promoting one type of Promise program, the College Promise Campaign will provide information on a broader vision of a variety of tuition- and debt-free college programs and best practices.

ACCT and AACC have prepared a toolkit for members and encourage them to get involved in the College Promise Campaign.


As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 13 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.


Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels. For more information, visit Follow ACCT on Twitter at

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