Abstract Information

Racing Toward a Better Future is the theme for AACC 2024, which will take place April 5–9 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Presentation Types


A poster presentation is a formal, research-based presentation of your work. A poster presentation visually represents your research through text, charts, graphs, and other visual aids.


Who should submit for this session

  • Educational Associate members: Graduate students 
  • Educational Associate members: Research organizations


The presenter(s) is physically present to deliver a verbal presentation. Most of the presenters supplement their speech with a series of slides and engaging activities to keep the audience's attention and engagement.


Who should submit for this session:

  • AACC Institutional members
  • AACC Educational Associate members
  • AACC Corporate partners


Campfire sessions are a more informal take on the traditional presentation. It aims to break down the barriers of the lectern. The session starts with a 15-minute presentation from a speaker, then shifts to 30 minutes focusing on gaining key participation from the audience. The presenter turns facilitator allowing attendees to answer questions and provide comments. It allows attendees to drive their own learning, listen to different perspectives, and share experiences.


Who should submit for this session:

  • AACC Institutional members
  • AACC Educational Associate members
  • AACC Corporate partners

What we're looking for

AACC allows you to share with other practitioners the innovations you have implemented so that your colleges operate more efficiently and better serve students. AACC seeks abstracts that:  
  • Focus on one singular topic
  • Feature a program, service, or organizational change to your institution as a response to current trends and issues impacting two-year colleges
  • Highlight significant impact in ensuring economic mobility for all
  • Show measurable, quantifiable outcome(s)
  • Take an old concept and create something new to address a current problem better
  • Show the ingenuity of the college under challenging circumstances 

What we're not looking for

What we are not interested in are abstracts that:
  • Focus on a vendor product 
  •  Are sales pitches
  • Feature projects and/or services more than four years old
  • Attempt to address multiple topics in a short period of time
  • Highlight topics that are not of interest to the field 

To submit an abstract:

  • You must be employed by an educational associate, corporate partner, or institutional member of AACC.
If your abstract is accepted for inclusion on the agenda:
  • Titles and session descriptions cannot be changed
  • Accept or reject the date and time that the session is scheduled 
  • All speakers must register using the speaker registration form to attend the full AACC conference

Primary Categories/Tracks

Categories/tracks are used to organize AACC's conference program broadly. The 2024 categories/tracks are: 
  • The Student Experience
  • Economic Mobility for All
  • Institutional Transformation
  • Pipelines and Partnerships
  • Emerging Trends and Issues
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Teaching and Learning (faculty-focused)

Secondary Categories/Tracks and Descriptions

Each category/track includes subcategories that will be used to refine the program further to meet attendees professional development needs. The subcategories are listed with a brief description.

The Student Experience
  • Analyzing Student Data - Sessions take a deep dive into the types of data required to serve students effectively and how to interpret it for college decision-making
  • Academic Affairs & Student Services - How academic programs and student services have been revamped to be student-centered
  • Student Self-Advocacy Strategies - Teaching students how to advocate for the programs and services that they need to be successful
  • Basic Needs and Mental Health - Highlight new and innovative models that allow students to maintain their privacy and dignity while seeking help with food, housing, and other basic needs and mental health supports
  • Internships and Employment - Models for delivering earn-and-learn opportunities to students, and employment that leads to students earning family-sustaining wages
Economic Mobility for All
  • Innovative and scalable academic programs - Focus on new and innovative academic programs aligned to existing, new, or emerging workforce needs. The model presented should be scalable and possible to overlay on other programs
  • Innovative and scalable workforce programs - Focus on new and innovative career and technical programs aligned to existing, new, or emerging workforce needs. The model presented should be scalable and possible to overlay on other programs
  • Tackling DEI and Anti-DEI - Whether you're in a red state or blue state, community colleges have the responsibility to ensure that all students get what they need individually to be successful. Sessions in this track focus on strategies to depoliticize providing support to students so that they can be successful
  • Non-credit to credit - Strategies for moving non-credit programs into a credit model so that students can build on the credentials that they have already earned instead of having to retake the entire program for credit. Focus on ways to accelerate student success
  • Short-term training models - Post-COVID, colleges have had to restructure how content is offered to be more responsive to how students want to learn. Showcase your short-term training model that prepares students for high-demand occupations in your region
  • Jobs of the future - New jobs are emerging daily. Share what you're doing to prepare students for jobs that don't yet exist, those that have been around for only a couple of years, or new professions that have recently materialized
Institutional Transformation
  • Creating an environment of belonging, mattering, purpose, and efficacy - Creating a welcoming environment is a key driver in whether a student is successful. This track highlights strategies you have institutionalized to make students feel that they belong and are a valued part of your college community
  • Technology that enhances - As institutions adopt new operational models, technology has become increasingly important to delivering services. This sub-category focuses on how technology has been used at your institution to realize efficiencies
  • New operational models - During the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions had to rapidly pivot and redefine how to operate. This sub-category focuses on operational changes institutions implemented through the pandemic have resulted in more efficient and student-responsive operations post-pandemic.
  • Addressing the structural imbalance in operations - Operations should be student, not employee-focused. This sub-category focuses on tackling structural imbalance in institutional operations to ensure that service delivery meets the needs of students.
  • Supports that Trustees can provide - Focuses on ways that trustees can support the CEO in executing the mission, vision, and values of the college.
  • Shared Governance - Sessions focus on effective ways the institution has engaged faculty, administrations, and governing boards to govern colleges and universities.
Pipelines and Partnerships
  • Dual Enrollment - Much has been said about community college reliance on dual enrollment. Many of the neediest students are not aware of the availability of these programs, and students who take advantage don't matriculate to community colleges after graduation. This sub-category focuses on ways the college delivers dual enrollment to be effectively, how to ensure the right students are taking advantage of the opportunity, and unique partnerships between secondary and postsecondary partners.
  • Transfer - Focus on relationships that result in on-time student completion, the unique programs and services offered to students by both sending and receiving institutions, and institutional and state policies that lead to ease in transfer for students.
  • Workforce - Focus on the mechanics and return on investment of innovative partnerships between business and industry and the college.
  • Student Success - Highlights partnerships between community-based organizations, the college, and the state to advance student success initiatives.
  • Recruitment and Retention of Students - Focus on partnerships that ensure students persist and complete their educational goals.
  • Safety and Security - Highlight partnerships that protect employees and students on your campus.
Emerging Trends and Issues
  • Academic freedom - Academic freedom involves the freedom to engage in the entire range of activities producing knowledge. This sub-category focuses on ways to ensure academic freedom in the age of politicization of higher education.
  • Policy and research on community colleges - Focus on policy addressing current community college issues and research on emerging issues impacting the sector.
  • Cultural literacy - Sessions will focus on strategies that assist employees with understanding the traditions, regular activities, and history of a group of people from a given culture.
  • State and federal policy - Share new state and federal policies and their impact on two-year colleges.
Leadership and Professional Development
  • Surviving the no-confidence vote (CEO-only) - There has been a surge in no-confidence votes signaling that groups within the community college do not support the actions of a person or people in power. These sessions will focus on strategies that CEOs use to survive and mentally heal after receiving the no-confidence vote. 
  • Navigating politics and political boards (CEO-only) - Sessions to focus on the volatility that can emerge as leaders navigate today's complex politics.
  • Who is responsible for college morale - These sessions will focus on strategies to build and sustain positive morale in the community college workplace.
  • Board development (CEO and Trustee-only) - A process for ongoing board development is critical to ensure that trustees are equipped with the tools and resources needed to understand and advocate for the needs of the college. Sessions in this sub-category will focus on effective models for board development.
  • Millennial and Gen Z employee needs - It is important to begin developing employees when they arrive on the college campus. This sub-category focuses on programs and services that can be provided on the college campus to millennial and Gen Z employees to ensure that they are being developed to ascend to higher positions within the organization eventually
  • Mentoring and coaching models - Community colleges do not have significant resources to invest in mentoring and coaching for their employees. These sessions focus on internal and external cost-saving models that support employee professional development. 
Teaching and Learning (faculty-focused)
  • Academic freedom and shared governance - Focus on academic freedom in classroom strategies or the faculty role in shared governance.
  • Academic integrity in the age of AI - With the rise of Chat GPT and other artificial intelligence tools, students can bypass the need to think critically, and utilize these resources to complete assignments. This session will focus on resources and strategies available to faculty to combat academic dishonesty in the classroom.
  • Creating a sense of belonging in the classroom - Much research highlights the importance of belonging in student retention, persistence, and completion. This sub-category focuses on ways that belonging is incorporated into classroom activities.
  • Faculty professional development and preparation for new roles - It is important to ensure that faculty in the classroom and those moving from the classroom into administration have strong professional development to set them up for success. Highlight homegrown and external opportunities that have equipped your faculty members with the tools necessary to succeed.
  • Guided pathways reform - Guided pathways has gone through several iterations. These sessions will focus on new and/or revamped tools and resources that create different pathways toward student success so that all students achieve their educational goals. 
  • Teaching strategies and supports that lead to equitable student outcomes - Focus on teaching strategies and wraparound services that lead to success for all students.
  • Utilizing digital tools and apps for instruction - Highlight tools and apps that have proven effective for students and led to positive outcomes.

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration has been extended to November 10 by 4:59 p.m. (ET).

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