SLCC Cohosts Congressional Briefing in DC

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SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin talked about policy changes in the face of Higher Education Act reauthorization.

Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin speaks at a congressional briefing.

Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin speaks at a congressional briefing.

Over 80 attendees including media, and congressional and think tank staffers were briefed on the major policy issues facing community colleges as we prepare to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin was one of five presenters in Washington D.C. this week to talk during a congressional hearing about how federal policy can enhance the work of community colleges.

SLCC cohosted the briefing along with the American Association of Community Colleges at the Capitol Visitors Center. The briefings by four college presidents and the head of the AACC focused on the Higher Education Act reauthorization and the Carol D. Perkins Act. Presenters talked about how colleges respond to the changing economy, new pedagogical strategies and evolving student needs.

Other items covered at the briefing included how to make Pell grants more supportive of student success, ensuring that students borrow appropriately for college and establishing federal measures of community colleges that reflect the academic patterns of their students and provide meaningful workforce outcomes.

“It was great to be part of this congressional briefing with presidential colleagues and AACC staff,” Huftalin said afterward. “Over 80 attendees including media, and congressional and think tank staffers were briefed on the major policy issues facing community colleges as we prepare to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.”

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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