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About the 2021 ACCT Leadership Congress

The ACCT Leadership Congress is the premier annual conference for community college leaders and the only national conference dedicated to community college trustees.
Each year, approximately 2,000 community and technical college trustees, CEOs and other executives, and federal higher education policy influencers gather to share information about governance best practices, community college advocacy, advancing student success and more.

Diversity makes our country, our communities, and our

colleges stronger. 


Community colleges are engines of educational and social equity. 


Everyone is welcome at community colleges. No one is shut out.


The 2021 ACCT Leadership Congress will embrace and showcase these values, along with longstanding governance education and other topics that matter to community college leaders. 

2021 Call for Presentations



We invite community college board members, CEOs and other ACCT members to submit presentation proposals within any of the following tracks.


Track 1

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Submit presentation proposals relating to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that demonstrate innovation or which have proved to advance these interests at your college. 


Track 2

Partnerships & Collaborations

Partnerships and collaborations are vital to community and technical colleges’ abilities to adapt, innovate, and to fill communities’ needs. Submit presentation proposals that showcase effective partnerships, including those that have advanced your college’s institutional resource development or created new business opportunities.

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Track 3

Board Basics: How to be an Effective Trustee

Governance best practices are fundamental to effective trusteeship. Submit proposals that will help new trustees to understand their roles, responsibilities and limitations from peer trustees’ perspectives, or propose sessions about more advanced governance topics that will benefit new and experienced trustees alike.

Student Life

Track 4

New Pathways to Student Success

The success of students is paramount to community colleges’ missions. We are seeking presentation proposals from colleges that have identified challenges and effective solutions to barriers to student success. Sessions that demonstrate improved outcomes and explain how they were accomplished as well as special-interest topics will be considered.


Track 5

Proven Solutions to Boost Enrollment

Economic downturns typically result in increased enrollments at community and technical colleges; however, over the past year, enrollments at community colleges throughout the country have suffered. We are seeking presentation proposals that showcase proven solutions to boosting enrollment, including new lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid 19

Track 6

Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

From broad lessons to specific ones, challenging times like the pandemic era can serve as a goldmine for innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, as well as for profound lessons about the value of community and technical colleges to their communities. We are seeking sessions that detail how colleges navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and what they learned from the experiences that can be applied into the future.


Registration Options

Early Bird Registration Package: $1245
  • Membership Celebration Luncheon
  • Regional Awards Luncheon
  • ACCT Annual Awards Gala
  • Closing General Session Brunch
Early Bird Registration Fee Only: $875
Early Bird Deadline is Friday, August 6th
Registration Fees After August 6th:
Registration Package: $1445
Registration Fee Only: $1075
Cancellations must be postmaked by August 16th, 2021 to receive a refund, less $250 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after that date. Refunds will be processed after the Congress.
Note: If your College Board or Organization does not belong to ACCT, add $200 to the registration price. 

Hotel Accommodations

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

ACCT Hotel Rate: $299 per night plus tax

Once you are registered for the ACCT Leadership Congress, you will receive the hotel reservation link.


Pre-Congress Academies

Wednesday, October 13th 

1pm - 4pm

  • The Chair's Academy - $150

  • Effective Board Governance - $150

  • The Trustee's Role in Advocacy - $150

Meal Tickets

  • Membership Celebration Luncheon -$85

  • Regional Awards Luncheon - $85

  • ACCT Annual Awards Gala - $130

  • Closing General Session Brunch - $70