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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

November 6, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) announced today that NAC&U will formally partner with AAC&U on its signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. Through the partnership, NAC&U will leverage its members’ collective mission—to purposefully integrate liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement— to advance LEAP’s twenty-first century vision of liberal education.

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October 28, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that Kelly Mack has been appointed Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education at AAC&U. She assumes this position in addition to her ongoing role as Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), a position she has held since 2012. Mack will lead a new Office of Undergraduate STEM Education at AAC&U and will guide the association and PKAL in an expanded set of activities designed to increase the effectiveness of STEM teaching and learning and to create more liberally educated...Read more

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Sustainability Improves Student Learning Convocation


September 19-20, 2013


National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC—The Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today an official statement on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence.” This statement explains AAC&U’s vision of inclusive excellence in light of its recently expanded mission statement and in support of AAC&U’s ongoing work on liberal education, inclusive excellence, and student success.

As of January 2013, AAC&U’s mission is “to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the...Read more

June 30, 2013

Washington, DC—In a strongly worded statement released today, a coalition of higher education organizations representing the majority of accredited colleges and universities in the country pledged a continuing commitment to “furthering the goals of equal opportunity and diversity in education” at all levels.  The organizations signing the statement are all committed to creating diverse learning environments through which today’s college students can become better prepared “...Read more

June 19, 2013

Washington, DC—The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released today an important national report framed by a distinguished National Commission and concerned with the continuing indispensable role of the humanities and social sciences in meeting urgent national goals. The report, The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation, calls for renewed commitment to the humanities and social sciences and for leadership collaborations across a wide array of...Read more

June 7, 2013

Washington, DC—June 7, 2013—Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 40 STEM faculty leaders from 35 institutions of higher education who have been selected to participate in the 2013 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute. This marks the fifteenth year that PKAL has sponsored its summer institute at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado. This year's institute will be held July 23-28 and July 30...Read more

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 2013 summer institutes. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (June 1–5, 2013); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin (June 11–14, 2013); and the Institute on...Read more

April 10, 2013

AAC&U Launches New LEAP Employer-Educator Compact to Respond

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today a report, It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success, summarizing the findings of a national survey of business and nonprofit leaders. Among other...Read more

February 13, 2013

Washington, DC—February 13, 2013—At its recent annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) formally launched a new strategic plan, Big Questions, Urgent Challenges: Liberal Education and Americans’ Global Future,” to guide its work on behalf of its members through 2017. In connection with its new strategic plan, AAC&U also recently announced a change to its mission statement.

AAC&U’s mission is now “to make liberal...Read more