Press Room

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 them to succeed and make a difference in the 21st century.

Recent Press Releases

July 26, 2016

Teagle Foundation Grant Supports Project Designed to Improve Student Success Through Greater Intentionality in Guided Learning Pathways

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July 20, 2016

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) announced today that Georgia is now a state partner in AAC&U’s national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP).

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July 8, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it is joining with more than 70 diverse organizations and individuals as partners in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative launched in January 2016. The enterprise was launched to help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value. The supporting organizations and...Read more

June 23, 2016

Washington DC—In a strongly worded statement released today in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider underscored AAC&U’s continuing commitment to “support[ing] higher education institutions across all sectors in creating learning experiences through which all students engage productively with the diversity of ideas and experiences that characterize our world.”

Given its mission-level commitment to both liberal...Read more

May 25, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced today the formation of a new Inclusive Excellence (IE) Commission chaired by AAC&U Vice President and Project Kaleidoscope Executive Director Kelly Mack.  The Commission is being formed as part of HHMI’s new Inclusive Excellence Initiative.

The Commission will include nationally and internationally recognized experts on undergraduate STEM reform, broadening participation, leadership development, educational equity, and organizational change...Read more

May 11, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Dr. Amy E. Jessen-Marshall as the new Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons.  Dr. Jessen-Marshall has been an active AAC&U member and leader during her tenures at Sweet Briar College and Otterbein University.

Dr. Jessen-Marshall currently serves as an AAC&U leader for the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Pathways Project. As part of this work, she is conducting site visits to several...Read more

May 3, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the colleges, community colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its three regularly scheduled 2016 team-based summer institutes. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: The Institute on General Education and Assessment at Boston University (June 4–8, 2016); The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University...Read more

April 6, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is proud to announce its affiliation with U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, taking place in Baltimore, May 18–20, 2016.  

About U.S. News STEM Solutions

The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference is focused on improving America's science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Produced by U.S. News & World Report, the conference highlights STEM issues on a national stage and...Read more

March 1, 2016

At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Board of Directors announced the establishment of a new “Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence” established to honor the legacy of President Carol Geary Schneider, who will retire on June 30, 2016.

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February 17, 2016

AAC&U released today the third report from a national survey of Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) conducted by Hart Research Associates.  This new report, “Trends in Learning Outcomes Assessment,” highlights findings from the 2015 survey of a representative sample of chief academic officers at AAC&U member institutions including respondents from across the full spectrum of public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions.

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