The American Association for Women in Community Colleges is the leading national organization that champions women and maximizes their potential.

AAWCC Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Explain the organizational structure of AAWCC--national board, regions, state sections, local chapters.

 

AAWCC is a national membership-based organization and an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. AAWCC memberships are annual and can be either Individual or Institutional memberships.

 

An elected board of directors (the Executive Committee, the Membership Team, and Members-at-large) represents the national membership. The Executive Committee consists of the President, President-elect, Vice President for Finances, Vice President for Communications, Vice President for Membership, Vice President for Professional Development, and Vice President for Resource Development. The Membership Team has 12 members; the Vice President for Membership, the 10 Regional Directors, and the National Membership Office representative. The NILD President is an ex-officio member of the AAWCC board and the AAWCC President may appoint members-at-large. 

  

Each of the 50 states is assigned to one of ten regions and each region has an elected Regional Director who represents the national organization to members in her region and represents the members in her region to the national organization. Individual community colleges or community college districts that have an Institutional Membership can form an AAWCC local chapter. For more information about how to form and maintain  a local chapter, contact your Regional Director and/or go to the AAWCC website and click on “Local Chapter Information.”

 

2. Why should I become a member of AAWCC? What does the national organization do?

 

National membership in AAWCC benefits individuals, community colleges, and the country. To begin, “the American Association for Women in Community Colleges is the leading national organization that champions women and maximizes their potential.”

 

AAWCC is guided in all of its endeavors by a firm commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges.


That commitment is translated into action at the national, regional, state and local levels through AAWCC programs, activities and services developed and offered in accordance with the following principles:


 

  •  The achievement of equity for women is critical to the wise and just development and use of valuable human resources.

  • Equity is promoted through AAWCC's efforts to improve access to educational opportunities, employment at all levels, and policy-making and decision-making forums.

  • Equity issues may include career upward-mobility, comparable pay for comparable work, increased involvement of women in governing bodies, and appropriate support services for adult women enrolled in two-year colleges.

  • Commitment to equity must be matched by an equally strong commitment to educational and professional excellence.

  • Excellence is promoted through AAWCC's efforts to encourage and reward educational achievement and professional endeavors, to provide opportunities for professional development, and to develop linkages and disseminate information pertaining to specific concerns.

  • Both equity and excellence may be enhanced through a strong and effective network of women in community, junior and technical colleges - a network where a purposeful focus on tasks, issues and achievements is continually matched by a sensitive concern for people.

AAWCC is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges and therefore each member has “a seat at the table” where national, regional and local issues affecting all community college constituencies (students, faculty, staff, trustees, administrators, community members) are considered and where legislative agendas are proposed and advocated. The national AAWCC organization provides an “umbrella” of connection and credibility for members, chapters, and sections throughout the country.

 

Members of AAWCC are eligible to apply for scholarships to attend NILD, and can network with AAWCC members, chapters, and sections.

 

Participation in AAWCC activities, conferences, and chapters provides many opportunities for individuals to develop their leadership skills and professional portfolios through organizing, communicating, presenting, connecting, managing, cooperating, serving, etc.

 

 

3. What is a "qualified" local chapter? How do I know if my local chapter is "qualified"?

 

A qualified local chapter of AAWCC has at least 4 national AAWCC members, is approved by the AAWCC board of directors, and engages in activities that reflect the AAWCC vision statement. Local chapters complete and submit an annual fiscal and membership form to their Regional Director. This form confirms the chapter’s continuation as a qualified chapter and is an integral part of AAWCC’s annual tax report to the IRS.

 

4. What is the relationship between AAWCC and NILD?

 

NILD, the National Institute for Leadership Development, was created by AAWCC to assist women in filling the leadership pipeline and to achieve AAWCC’s goal of equality, equity, and excellence for all women in community colleges. AAWCC and NILD work together and separately provide professional development and personal enrichment.

 

5. How do we form a local chapter?

 

Contact your Regional Director and the VP for Membership and ask for their assistance. Review the information about chapter and membership development available on the AAWCC website. Contact a local chapter officer in your area or contact the AAWCC Membership Support Services Office.

 

You need at least  members to start a local chapter. Have a meeting to organize your chapter. Write and approve your chapter bylaws (sample bylaws are available on the website). Elect officers. Conduct a ceremony to celebrate your new chapter and install the officers. Submit your petition for approval with your bylaws and officer’s contact information to your Regional Director. Your Regional Director will review the documentation, assist you in making any needed additions, and present your petition to the AAWCC board of directors at one of their two annual meetings (usually in April and October or November). When the board approves the chapter the Regional Director will contact the chapter officers.

 

6. My college used to have a local chapter but it's been idle for several years. What do we need to do to get started again?

 

Contact your Regional Director and the VP for Membership and ask for their assistance. Review the information about chapter and membership development available on the AAWCC website. Contact a local chapter or state section officer in your area. Locate, if possible, any former chapter members or officers to determine if chapter files or monies are available.

 

If your instution has an institutional membership you need at least 4 members to re-start a local chapter. Have a meeting to organize your chapter. Write and approve your chapter bylaws (you may be able to re-approve the existing chapter bylaws). Elect officers. Conduct a ceremony to celebrate your chapter’s renewal and install the officers.

 

 

 

7. I am hosting an AAWCC conference/event. Can I get AAWCC logo items to sell or giveaway? If so, how do I do that?

 

Contact your Regional Director to see if she has logo items to sell to you or to give to you. Go to the AAWCC website and click on the “AAWCC Store” to view logo items that you can purchase from the VP for Membership. Be sure to allow enough lead time for mailing the logo items to you for a special event.

 

8. Where can I get help with membership and/or chapter development?

 

All the members of the AAWCC Membership Team are committed to assisting interested parties with membership and chapter development. Contact information for the Team can be found on the AAWCC website. That website is also a good source of information. The “Chapter Handbook” can be found under the “Regions/Chapters” link. In the handbook you will see ideas for chapter and membership development suggested by AAWCC board member and others. Under that section of the website, you will find also samples of flyers from actual AAWCC events and conferences. The website has links to the websites of several AAWCC chapters as a networking resource.

 

 

 

*Please read this important information regarding changes to

Institutional and Individual Memberships*

 

AAWCC National and Local Membership will now be one and the same. 

If you are reported as a member locally,

you will be a national member as well!

 

Summary of New Dues Structure:

 

How has the Membership Process Changed?

  

1 Single pay date annually for all Institutional Memberships and

    1 Single pay date annually for all Individual Memberships

 

 

Institutional membership changes

Institutional Memberships will now cost $450.  Invoices for renewal are sent in the fall (starting September 2010) to Institutions for the new rate of $450.

 

}  If an institution renewed its annual membership on or after July 1, 2010, the renewal rate will reflect a $300 discount and the institution will be required to pay an additional $150

}  If an institution renewed its annual membership prior to July 1, 2010, your institution will be required to pay the full $450 renewal rate

 

}  All member institutions will receive a renewal notification September 2011, 2012, etc…

 

 

Individual membership changes:

Beginning in 2011, Chapters will be responsible for paying $10 per member to AAWCC National which will be submitted with their annual report, and will cover all necessary individual dues for AAWCC members. 

 

 

*Chapters will continue to submit current membership rosters with their annual financial reports to their Regional Directors by June 30 of each year.  The Chapter will send the $10 per member fee with the Annual Report when it is submitted to the Regional Director.  As local rosters change, and members are added or subtracted throughout the year, the local chapter will be responsible for tracking membership counts and will be asked to submit dues collected on behalf of all the chapter members at the time of reporting to the national organization in the following renewal year.*

 

If you are reported as a local member, and your chapter submits the $10 fee, you will automatically be a national member as well!

 

Individual Dues Summary:

}  Chapters will be notified of new dues structure in September 2010

}  Chapters will be responsible for implementing local dues which will include $10 per member for national membership before June 2011

}  Chapters will submit annual financial report and current member roster by June 30.     

 

}  Chapters pay $10 per reported local member for 2011-2012 with the annual report by June 30, 2011.

 

*Starting in July, 2010 individual membership dues will not be collected or deposited as we transition to the new membership structure.  Any individual dues collected electronically via website after July 1, 2010 during the transition can be refunded with written request through Regional Directors to VP for Finance.*

 

 

Example:

 

Section/Chapter Dues Structure

Paid to National AAWCC 

Number of Members

$10 per Member

4

$40

5

$50

6

$60

7

$70

8

$80

9

$90

10

$100

15

$150

20

$200

25

$250

 

 

 

Fees for Members-At-Large

 

Members of AAWCC who may not belong to an institution with an institutional membership may join for a fee of $45.oo to the AAWCC National office starting July 2011. 

 

 

 

Please review this document for more information.

Thank you-

 
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