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Minneapolis College President Dr. Sharon Pierce appointed to national higher education commission

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August 17, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (8/16/18) - Minneapolis College is pleased to announce that President Sharon Pierce has been named to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Student Success.

During this three-year term, Pierce will join higher education leaders from across the nation to advance the AACC’s work on student access and success as well as organizational transformation. “The work of this commission aligns directly with Minneapolis College’s core values to anchor all decisions, programs and services around student needs and to work daily to create an outstanding environment for learning and success,” said Pierce.

The commission is tasked with examining ways to innovate and demonstrate outcomes in degree completion, two-year to four-year transferability and providing affordable, high-quality technical assistance in support of student success. “I look forward to contributing to this important collaboration to enhance access to higher education and its transformative powers,” continued Pierce. “These efforts will help our increasingly global economy meet workforce demands by supporting colleges in the important work of preparing students for the jobs of the future.”

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 12 million students. Its mission is to build a nation of learners by advancing America’s community colleges. Its support spans community colleges in educating 5 million students with degrees, certificates or other credentials over the next two years.

For additional information about Dr. Pierce, visit Additional information about AACC and its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is also available online.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system and offers students more than 150 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or to transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, more than 11,000 students enroll annually in credit and non-credit programs. The College’s Foundation provides scholarships and emergency assistance awards to highly motivated, low-income students. Without this support, most of these students would be unable to pursue their academic dreams. For additional information, please visit
Deanna Sheely, Chief Communications Officer
(612) 659-6537