Last month, we began a two-part “town and gown” issue of Connections to highlight AJCU schools’ partnerships with local community and civic organizations. This month’s issue features more great examples of how our schools have contributed to their communities, from creating new opportunities for experiential learning, to providing temporary housing for those in need.

In addition to the seven thematic articles, we are also pleased to share our Government Relations report, which provides a detailed update on issues that Congress will be working on this summer, including a review of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. Read on to find out how the House and the Senate are approaching the process of HEA reauthorization for the first time since 2008.

We hope that you enjoy a restful and restorative summer break, and we look forward to returning with the first issue of Connections for the 2023-24 academic year this fall!

By Deanna Howes Spiro, Vice President of Communications, AJCU