In 1968, an ad hoc Black Caucus was organized during the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to address the changing needs in higher education. That caucus became the National Council on Black American Affairs - one of the first affiliated councils of AACC.
The National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) serves as a collaborative voice designed to promote the academic and professional success of African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators.
The role of NCBAA in higher education remains of significant importance, with the strategic goals to:
- Create a collegial environment that enhances the access and success of African-American students in community colleges
- Strengthen relationships with policy development and funding sources to support creative initiatives for African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators
- Expand leadership development and opportunities for African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators in community colleges
- Promote an organizational culture that strengthens and supports the professional growth of faculty, staff and administrators.
- Enhance the knowledge, talents, abilities and skills of African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators to function effectively within the world of emerging information technology.
NCBAA is committed to the following mission:
- Improving diversity and resultant educational opportunities and professional development for African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators.
- Developing collaborative relationships with educational, business, governmental and public service organizations with compatible goals.
- Networking to maximize the achievement of career goals for African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators.
- Articulating positions on issues affecting African Americans in the formulation of policy and decision-making.
NCBAA acknowledges the worth of the individual and affirms its belief in the following widely shared values:
- Lifelong learning and development for all people.
- Collegial sharing of information and ideas.
- Access to higher education for all people; increased access for the underserved.
- Diversity of people, ideas and learning styles.
- Teaching excellence and innovation through intellectual, social, cultural and technological enrichment.
- Partnerships with federal, state and local entities that share similar missions, goals and objectives.
- Volunteerism for causes, objectives and purposes supportive of the aims of NCBAA.
- Recognition of excellence.
- Role modeling to enhance student achievement and teaching performance, as well as staff and administrative effectiveness.
Learn more at the National Council on Black American Affairs website.