This month’s issue of Connections is the first of two that highlight our schools’ partnerships with local community and civic organizations, or “town and gown.” It was wonderful to see how many schools were interested in contributing articles on this topic, and we are delighted to share them with you!

In addition to the eight thematic articles, we are also pleased to share a detailed update on what Congress is working on this spring in our Government Relations report. From the debt ceiling to appropriations, there is considerable activity in the nation’s capital this spring!

We hope that these last few weeks of the spring semester go smoothly and safely for you, your colleagues, and your students. Stay tuned for Part II of this issue in June!

By Deanna Howes Spiro, Vice President of Communications, AJCU