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AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. AAC&U is an excellent source of information on undergraduate curricular change, how colleges are changing to meet the needs of the new global economy, general education reform, student learning outcomes assessment, diversity and equity in higher education, and global issues in higher education.

AAC&U champions a contemporary vision of liberal education and sponsors a campaign called Liberal Education and America's Promise to expand public and student understanding of what really matters in college—the kinds of learning that will truly empower students to succeed and make a difference in the 21st century.

Recent Press Releases

August 21, 2017

Five exemplary institutions, all AAC&U members, have received an Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation recognizing their commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. 

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August 16, 2017

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the ten institutions selected to serve as sites for the first Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. With generous support from Newman’s Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AAC&U will guide...Read more

June 15, 2017

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a $300,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation for a three-year project to guide faculty-led curricular change and build communities of practice around quality and completion in partnership with the University of Houston–Downtown, Winston-Salem State University, University of Nevada–Las Vegas, and Community College of Philadelphia.

With higher education at a crossroads—amid a changing economy, new technologies, and shifts in enrollment and funding—...Read more

May 23, 2017

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the two- and four-year colleges, universities, and state systems sending participants to its four regularly scheduled 2017 summer institutes. Teams of five or more will attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at Loyola University Chicago (May 31–June 3, 2017); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Boston University (June 24–27, 2017); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Loyola University Chicago (July 11–14, 2017). Individual faculty members will attend the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institutes at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland (July 11–16; 18–23; and 25–30, 2017).

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March 23, 2017

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a $399,763 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to support the initial development of ten Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) at higher education institutions across the country. The Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT enterprise is a comprehensive effort, implemented nationally and in local communities, to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary...Read more

February 23, 2017

Washington, DC—A groundbreaking approach to assessing student learning created and spearheaded by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) shows it is possible to evaluate undergraduate students’ achievement without relying on standardized tests and by using existing material. In On Solid Ground, a report released today, AAC&U shares the results from the first two years of data collection for the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate...Read more

February 15, 2017

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, the members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) elected six new directors and selected a slate of new officers. Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University, became Chair of the Board, taking over for James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University. Collins will continue to serve on AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. The members also voted to appoint...Read more

February 3, 2017

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice, a collection of essays published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press. The Ness award is given for the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, and was formally presented to the editors, Harry Brighouse and Michael McPherson, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting on January 26...Read more

January 24, 2017

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a $520,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman, for a three-year initiative supporting the collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to create Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) at higher education institutions across the country.

The grant will support a multi-year initiative to implement ten TRHT Centers, which will be designed to engage and empower...Read more

January 12, 2017

Washington, DC­­—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2017 recipients of the annual K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and in others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. The award is named in honor of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University...Read more

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