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Administrators Attend National Legislative Summit

24 February 2014

Pratt Community College President Michael Calvert, along with PCC Board of Trustees members Darrell Shumway and Jeff Shumway recently attended the Community College National Legislative Summit. The Summit took place in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 10 – 13 and sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

The event gave 1100 community college presidents, trustees and administrators from across the country a chance to share information with legislators about things that unite them and issues they all encounter together. PCC Trustee Darrell Shumway was ACCT Chair from 2000-2001 and remains an important spokesperson for Pratt Community College to this day.

According to President Calvert, the two most important issues of the summit centered around federal financial aid for higher education and the Obama administration’s proposed college rating system. Calvert says he is concerned about the negative effect that the rating system might have on community colleges, and says he wasn’t the only one to mention that concern.

“It was important to all of us to emphasize to the legislators that while performance metrics are important, they are less appropriate and useful in a community college setting,” he said.

During the course of the week, Calvert, Darrell Shumway and Jeff Shumway personally met with Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, and with staff members of Representative Kevin Yoder, Congressman Mike Pompeo and Congressman Tim Huelskamp.

“As Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations education subcommittee, which has authority over the budget of the U.S. Department of Education, these conversations are critical to helping me assess how the Department’s higher education initiatives are serving Kansas students and colleges,” said Moran.

Pictured, left to right: Jeff Shumway, Senator Moran, Darrell Shumway, Michael Calvert.