Outstanding Alumni and Academic All-Stars Brunch
Featuring Keynote The Honorable Asa Hutchenson, Governor of the State of Arkansas
Tuesday, October 17th, 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

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Asa Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas in January 2015, and immediately set in motion his plan to bring more jobs and economic growth to his native state.

Governor Hutchinson kept a major campaign promise by working to pass the biggest income tax rate cut in state history. His initiative to require computer-coding classes in every public high school makes Arkansas a national leader and signals to businesses everywhere that our students will be prepared for the 21st century economy.

As part of his strategy to market Arkansas and attract more jobs and businesses to the state, Governor Hutchinson already has met with CEOs of major industries across the globe from Silicon Valley to France, Japan, Israel, Germany, China and Cuba.  

Before being elected governor, Asa Hutchinson served as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Voters in Arkansas’s Third District also elected him to Congress three times.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas law school, Asa Hutchinson, at age 31, was appointed by President Reagan as the nation’s youngest U.S. attorney. He and his wife Susan have been married 44 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.

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Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon
Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Matthew Reed
Monday, October 16th, 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

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Dr. Matthew Reed is an experienced senior-level community college administrator with a national profile in higher education.  He is currently the Vice President for Learning (chief academic officer) at Brookdale Community College, and is the author of the widely-read Inside Higher Ed column “Confessions of a Community College Dean.”  At Brookdale he has initiated the University Partnerships program, fostered the creation of five Early College High School programs, and reduced online achievement gaps. 

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Pre-Conference Workshop
Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation Criterion 4 Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
Sunday, October 15th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Please join Arkansas Community Colleges for a pre-conference Higher Learning Commission workshop tailored for institutions interested in developing an ongoing commitment to assessing and improving student learning. Institutions will receive guidance in developing, documenting, and implementing a systematic approach to institutional assessment. New ideas and techniques for influencing institutional culture, increasing capacity to assess student learning, and using data to improve student learning will be presented through case studies and activities. Colleges are encouraged to register 3 to 5 people involved in accreditation. However there is no limit on registration, and more are welcome. Additional registration fees apply.

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Break Out Sessions
Monday, October 16th and Tuesday October 17th

Select from more than 60 breakout sessions and lightning rounds designed for community college administrators, faculty and staff.  Click here for the full list of sessions in areas of leadership, faculty, student success, workforce, and more.


Industry Tour:
Dassault Falcon Jet
Monday, October 16th, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
(space is limited, registration required)

Five decades ago, Dassault conceived and launched the Mystère-Falcon 20 – it's first true purpose-built business jet. Twenty different models have followed in the years since, each with the same sleek lines, smooth handling and peerless reliability and efficiency inherent in that first Falcon.

Today, more than 2,250 Falcons have been delivered to 82 countries around the world and it's fleet has surpassed 16.2 million hours of flight time – testimony to the reputation for quality and performance that the Falcon family has acquired within the aviation community.

But numbers alone fail to convey the breadth and depth of that reputation. For more than anything, business aviation operators are attracted to Falcon by the passion for excellence that the Falcon brand represents. A passion shared by the engineers, factory technicians, skilled craftsmen and other specialists who design, build and service Falcon aircraft. A passion handed down by company founder Marcel Dassault and carried on to this day.

For more information, visit Dassault Falcon Jet.  


Industry Tour:
Lost 40 Brewing

Monday, October 16th, 1:40 – 3:40
(space is limited, registration required)

Lost Forty Brewing takes its name from the historic, storied forest that stands on 40 acres of Arkansas's last truly virgin soil in Calhoun County. We aim to craft beers as unwavering, wild, and uniquely Arkansas as the land itself. Lost Forty, both the forest and the brewery, is part tall tale, a little bit of hearsay, a lot of history, a few facts, a big cast of characters and completely Arkansas.

For more information, visit Lost 40 Brewing.