May 25, 2011


NACC Receives Congratulations from AACC President/CEO

Dr. Walter Bumphus, the President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) , has described Northeast Alabama Community College’s national designation as one of the top community colleges in the United States as a “remarkable accomplishment.” The Aspen Institute recently named Northeast as one of the Top 120 community colleges in the United States.

“Helping more of our students to learn effectively and successfully complete college is the primary challenge for all community college. It is clear that Northeast Alabama Community College is a leader in delivering exceptional student results,” Bumphus stated in a letter of congratulations sent to Dr. David Campbell, NACC President.

The AACC is considered the leading proponent and the national “voice” of community colleges. The organization, founded in 1920, represents almost 1,200 associate degree granting institutions and more than eleven million students. The organization is headquartered at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D. C.

The Aspen Institute identified the top 120 American community colleges based on specific criteria, including student success, improvement in learning outcomes, and equity in outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds. Data utilized in the selection process included federal IPEDS reports. Being chosen in the Top 120 places colleges in the top ten percent of community colleges in the nation. There are approximately 1,200 community colleges in America.

By being chosen, Northeast became eligible to compete for one million dollars in grants. Northeast personnel currently are preparing the application for this competition and hope to be named one of the ten finalists. The Aspen Institute initiated this program and competition in an effort to improve the quality and effectiveness of community colleges throughout America by identifying best practices at the selected colleges. Partners in the Aspen Institute’s program include the Joyce and Lumina Foundations, and the charitable foundations of Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase.

Dr. Freida Hill, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, previously announced that three Alabama community colleges had been named to the Top 120 list. Enterprise Community College and Wallace Community College – Hanceville were included in addition to Northeast. The colleges chosen in the Top 120 represented 32 American states. Dr. Hill stated that this accomplishment shows the strength and quality of the Alabama Community College System.

A full list of colleges selected that are eligible to apply for the prize can be found at “I have done a lot of work with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges through the years and I have been to many colleges throughout the Southeastern region,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “From this experience I recognize quite a few colleges on the Top 120 list and know that they do outstanding jobs at them.”

In closing his letter of congratulations to Dr. Campbell and Northeast, Dr. Bumphus added: “We salute you, your faculty and staff, and your governing board for this remarkable achievement. Please know that we share your pride here at your national association.”

For more information about AACC, go to For more information about the Aspen Prize go to