2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors

AAC&U thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2019 Annual Meeting


The National Research Center for College and University Admissions 
Now part of ACT®, The National Research Center for College and University Admissions™ is an educational data science and research organization serving over 1,900 member-institutions comprised of public and private colleges and universities across the nation. For 45 years, NRCCUA® has been a leading provider of data, technology, and programs serving students, high school educators, colleges and universities from its offices in Lee’s Summit, MO, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Austin, TX. These solutions represent the link between students making important life decisions and those providing the resources and information they need to succeed in their post-secondary educations and careers. With the launch of Encoura™ Data Lab, the company now combines data science, advanced analytics, Eduventures® research, predictive modeling and omnichannel enrollment services in one platform to enable institutions to make real-time strategic and operational decisions to meet their unique enrollment goals and create the highest probability of student success. For more information, visit https://encoura.org



The Chronicle of Higher Education 
The Chronicle of Higher Education has the nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities. As the unrivaled leader in higher education journalism, we serve our readers with indispensable real-time news and deep insights, plus the essential toolscareer opportunities, and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Our award-winning journalism is well-known at colleges and universities: More than 2 million people visit our website every month, and 1,650 organizations across the country make our journalism available to every one of their employees and students. Our newsroom is home to top experts in higher education who contribute to the ongoing conversation on the issues that matter.


Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed is the online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education. Whether you're an administrator or a faculty member, a grad student or a vice president, we've got what you need to thrive professionally: breaking news and feature stories, provocative daily commentary, career advice and practical tools to advance your career. Inside Higher Ed is a top resource for those in higher education, drawing 1.8 million readers each month, making it the ideal platform to reach a large and diverse audience of influential higher education professionals. Visit insidehighered.com today.


Strada Education Network
Strada Education Network℠ is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. We engage partners across education, nonprofits, business and government to focus relentlessly on students’ success throughout all phases of their working lives. Together, we address critical college to career challenges through strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and mission-aligned affiliates — all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential we call Completion With a Purpose®.

Watermark’s mission is to put better data into the hands of administrators, educators, and learners everywhere in order to empower them to connect information and gain insights into learning which will drive meaningful improvements. Through its innovative educational intelligence platform, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning and development based on data they can trust. For more information, visit www.watermarkinsights.com.




2U partners with great colleges and universities to build what we believe is the world's best digital education. Our platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services, and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves. 2U's No Back Row® approach allows qualified students and working professionals around the world to experience a first-rate university education and successful outcomes. 2U has nearly 3,000 employees across the U.S. and in Cape Town, Hong Kong, and London. Its headquarters is in Lanham, MD.


We are a member-led organisation that brings a combined strength of knowledge and best practice from our previous work as the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. As an embedded part of the sector, with a rich heritage, we offer a unique understanding of institutional and sector needs, but by operating independently we can provide you with externality and benchmarking. By further developing expertise and new thinking in governance, leadership, teaching and learning, and equality, diversity and inclusion, we can help institutions meet the challenges of the present and evolving higher education sector landscape. Visit https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/.

Art & Science Group
Art & Science Group offers market-informed strategy to higher education institutions, independent schools, and the nonprofit sector. Since our founding in 1994, we have provided our clients with strategic market research and recommendations, built on a foundation of both creative thinking and empirical rigor — art and science. We work in a variety of arenas, leveraging a foundation of market data, analysis, and inventive ideas, to guide and advance our institutions’ strategic interests and critical investments. Our firm is dedicated to helping each institution position itself in ways that positively affect the decisions of its key constituents in an institution’s favor. We provide a customized and collaborative approach for each client, with recommendations rooted in sophisticated research and thorough analysis.

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been America's premier source of timely news, provocative commentary, insightful interviews, and in-depth special reports on diversity in higher education for over two decades. Leaders from academe, industry, and public policy have all come to rely on this award-winning news magazine to stay abreast of the trends and issues that go to the very core of the future of this country and its place in an ever-changing world.

 Institute for Humane Studies
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) partners with professors to promote the teaching and research of liberty and to advance higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress. IHS believes that the foundational ideas for creating a just, peaceful, and prosperous world arise out of the classical liberal intellectual tradition. And for those ideas to unleash freedom’s creative potential, they must be explored, challenged, and developed in higher education. That is why IHS has built the foremost community of professors, students, and administrators at universities across the country who are leading open, robust discussions about classical liberal principles on their campuses and in the broader world. IHS partners with faculty and graduate students through every stage of their academic career, providing funding opportunities, career development programming, and facilitating connections between scholars with similar ideals and research interests. Visit our website www.theihs.org to learn more.



LatinosinHigherEd.com, founded in 2006, is the first Latino/a professional employment web site designed specifically for the higher education community. This site helps employers connect with the largest pool of Latino/a professionals in higher education in the United States, Puerto Rico and internationally by disseminating employment opportunities to registered candidates and a national network of Latino-serving organizations.


Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials.

TIAA is a leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields. TIAA ended 2017 with $1 trillion in assets under management and offers a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and guidance, and retirement services.




 Association of College and University Educators
The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) believes that all college students deserve an extraordinary education and that faculty members play a critical role in their success. In partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, ACUE supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement, retention, and learning. Faculty members who complete ACUE courses earn certificates in effective college instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education. ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice connects college educators from across the country through member forums, podcasts, and updates on the latest developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning. To learn more, visit acue.org.


AGB Search
AGB Search focuses exclusively on higher education leadership. We identify interim appointments to preserve continuity, full search services to help institutions navigate the hiring process, transition assistance to set up leaders for long-term success, and offer compensation evaluation services to assess fair competitive salaries.  Each member of our consulting team brings years of experience as a higher education leader to the firm. We not only understand the demands of leadership, but also are deeply invested in supporting the next generation of leaders.


Collegis Education
Simply increasing inquiries, conversions or enrollment is not enough to increase net revenue. Right-fit students enrolled in your institution, for example, can save on costs at other points. Institutions face concerns across departments that are not just brand- or marketing-related but nonetheless impact the bottom line. We offer services and solutions that bring marketing, admissions, technology and programs together so we can help as issues arise throughout your ecosystem. In programs supported by Collegis, our partners realized average new-enrollment gains of 20% in just the first year of partnership.


Designed by educators, for educators, Digication is a leading provider of easy-to-use ePortfolio solutions for higher education institutions. Students at more than 6,000 schools use Digication ePortfolios as a workspace for learning and to easily, flexibly and professionally showcase their work and achievements. EPortfolios create new opportunities for teaching, learning, reflection, assessment, and career advancement. Integrated tightly with the company’s award winning ePortfolio system is the Assessment Management System. For more information visit: http://www.digication.com


EYP Architecture & Engineering
EYP is a global provider of comprehensive high-performance building design, research, and consulting services. We are five sectors – Higher Education, Government, Healthcare, Science & Technology, and Energy – who work as one firm to help our clients address some of the most critical issues facing our nation and our world. Our professionals work across 15 offices in the United States and Europe.

The only design firm to have been ranked in the Top 5 for sustainability for four consecutive years by Architect Magazine, EYP is committed to creating rich, productive, and inspiring environments that promote human well-being, preserve natural resources, and provide flexibility and resilience for the future. Our knowledge-based innovation strategy helps promote action-oriented public dialogue about the future of the built environment.


GreenFig partners with higher education institutions to provide students with the skills and experience they need to be job-ready in today’s digital economy. GreenFig connects schools to the leading enterprise technology providers and corporations through its unique experiential learning model. In a single semester, students gain in-demand technology certifications, real-world job experience, plus career networking opportunities in the growing area of applied business science. GreenFig is headquartered in San Mateo, California and delivers its programs to higher education partners across the U.S.


Higher Education Research Institute
The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) is one of the premier educational research and policy organizations in the country. Housed at UCLA, the nonprofit institute is an interdisciplinary center for research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education.

HERI administers the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), the nation’s largest and oldest empirical study of higher education, with data collected from over 15 million students at more than 1,900 colleges and universities since 1966. CIRP consists of the Freshman Survey, Your First College Year survey, Diverse Learning Environments survey, College Senior Survey, and the triennial HERI Faculty Survey.


Founded in 1999, Interfolio is an education technology company based in Washington, DC that offers the first holistic Faculty Information System to support the full lifecycle of faculty work—from hiring to annual review, service, activity reporting, scholarly data collection and validation, and more.  All Interfolio software applications focus on faculty, with workflow tools to support shared governance processes; activity reporting solutions that support accreditation, decision making, and data analytics; and consumer offerings that provide a portable, private space to support the collection, curation, and validation of academic materials. Working with over 250 clients, Interfolio leads with vision and innovation while remaining focused on advancing faculty and their institutions.


​Keypath Education
Keypath Education is the leading global provider of online program management (OPM) services for top-tier universities around the world.  Keypath has the ability and expertise to support our university partners through the entire process of selecting, developing, launching and operating successful and sustainable online programs.  Keypath believes that every institution has unique opportunities and opportunities yet to be discovered.  Keypath acts as an extension of the university’s team, keeping its brand and academic rigor intact while accelerating the growth and quality of the university program portfolio. Services provided include market research, capital investment, program development, marketing, student recruitment, student retention and course design & development. The company has offices and partners in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit us at https://keypathedu.com or follow us on Twitter @KeypathEdu or LinkedIn.


The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is the leader in providing career development and mentoring solutions to universities and their faculty, postdocs, and graduate students through its three offerings: faculty programs, membership, and workshops. Founded by a former, tenured faculty member, the NCFDD is dedicated to helping universities and their faculty be more productive, increase external grant funding, and increase faculty retention. 


National Society of Collegiate Scholars
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving freshmen and sophomores.  With its three pillars of scholarship, leadership and service, NSCS is proud to provide career and graduate school connections, leadership and service experiences, practical and skills-based content, access to discounts and savings, and over a million dollars in scholarships, chapter funds and awards annually. NSCS boasts 320 plus chapters nation-wide and nearly two million lifetime members globally, is a 501c3 registered nonprofit, certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies, and is FERPA certified by AACRAO.


One Class
OneClass started out on a mission to be an Ed Tech company that puts students first. Every day, OneClass saves students hours of filtering through unrelated and outdated content from the web to be successful in the classroom. Since 2010, our ultimate goal has been to deliver study resources that are immediately useful and relevant to any knowledge seeker on our platform. Our innovative platform has already attracted over 2.6 million registered students worldwide who have collectively contributed over 14 million pages of content, including class notes, study guides, videos, tutorials and more, spanning across more than 56,000 different courses. This crowdsourcing of academic content comes from top students and subject experts at the course-specific level.

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Pebble Pad
PebblePad offers universities unrivaled capability when it comes to guiding and scaffolding integrated learning by providing educators opportunities to design digital frameworks that support students as they plan and prepare for learning, record and reflect on curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, and curate and showcase evidence of this learning for future success. 

PebblePad provides innovative organization-wide learning and assessment tools that include:

  • An exceptional portfolio-builder to help students share and showcase their experiences and achievements
  • A seamlessly integrated assessment engine to support authentic assessment
  • Out-of-the-box LMS integration
  • Free lifetime alumni accounts

Our award-winning product, the unique way users can structure and assess learning, and our strong track record are just a few of the reasons why leading universities across North America are looking to PebblePad to help them deliver institution-wide personalized learning to meet the demands of today’s independent learners, anytime and anywhere.


Shore Light

Shorelight provides comprehensive educational services to international students to prepare them for undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. We work directly with universities to create innovative programs that deliver student lifecycle services through our network of wholly-owned and operated entities. We recruit students globally into our programs, which are currently offered at a wide variety of university locations, and prepare them through 1 to 3 semester comprehensive programs. Our high-touch programs are centered on student success, and designed to prepare each student to succeed and thrive as global citizens.


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities from the United States and around the world by providing students with an integrated academic and professional living and working experience in Washington D.C.  The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has over 90 full-time staff and more than 60,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  TWC believes that the right experience can set students on a path of academic and professional achievement, leadership and civic engagement. 




AKA Strategy
AKA Strategy is a strategy consultancy, providing assistance in strategic planning, institutional strategic counsel, and strategic executive coaching to leading universities and colleges. Having assisted hundreds of institutions in the U.S. and around the world, we are deeply knowledgeable about the increasingly challenging environment of higher education and understand the power of strategic thinking to help our clients realize distinctive visions and achieve bold aspirations.

We specialize in transformative strategic work. In close partnerships, we help our clients make sense of the ambiguities, challenges, and opportunities in an ever-changing and unpredictable environment; craft bold visions; articulate core strategic goals; and set clear roadmaps to achieve them.

Our consultants have been senior executives, academic leaders, and faculty and served as consultants to the full spectrum of higher education institutions. The depth and scope of our work ensures that AKA brings tested experience, independent perspectives, and creative solutions tailored to the distinctive needs and interests of our clients.


Campus Management is a leading provider of cloud-based SIS, CRM, and ERP solutions and services that transform higher education institutions. Today, more than 1,100 institutions in over 30 countries partner with Campus Management to transform academic delivery, student success, and operational efficiency. Campus Management’s singular mission is to help institutions transform in response to a rapidly evolving higher education environment. CampusNexus® is the platform that enables this transformation. This flexible, extensible solution suite built on Microsoft® technology enables you to offer flexible academic programs, manage multiple campuses, automate business processes, optimize resources, and improve engagement and student outcomes – all on your terms.  The solution suite aligns with your mission and helps you drive success across the student lifecycle and achieve improved institutional effectiveness.


Deloitte Higher Education
Deloitte Higher Education: A recognized leader in the higher education space, Deloitte has solved complex problems for several public and private higher education institutions nationwide. Deloitte’s higher education team has experienced professionals and industry leaders that turn ideas into impact for your institution. Our professionals have solved some of the toughest higher education challenges for our clients, including operational and financial transformation, student experience redesign, enterprise technology solutions, and organizational and change management.  Learn more at www.deloitte.com/us/higher-ed-services


Faculty Guild
Faculty Guild believes purposeful teaching is vital to student success. We offer a multi-term fellowship where faculty members bolster their existing teaching practices, supported by a circle of peers and a professional facilitator, in an online environment. Fellows learn by reflecting on their own teaching, not from disconnected, general guidance. Through pedagogical analytics, fellows see how their teaching behaviors change over time and their institutions receive aggregated, non-identified data to measure return on investment. Faculty Guild has partnered with more than 35 institutions including Towson University, College of Southern Maryland and State University of New York at Buffalo. Our approach has been tested by hundreds of faculty members and is based on more than six years of research, originally led by Dr. Gail Mellow. This method has shown to revitalize teaching and learning experiences, creating a lasting impact on the institution.

Harvard Institutes for Higher Education
The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) offer comprehensive leadership development programs designed for higher education administrators. The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at HGSE is a research-practice partnership and network of peer institutions dedicated to improving outcomes in faculty recruitment, development, and retention.


HERS - Higher Education Resource Services
HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is a leadership development and research organization that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education. Through various programs that support women in every stage of their careers, HERS provides program participants with transformational experiences and opportunities that result in stronger institutions of higher education. HERS believes that impactful leadership not only requires women in leadership positions, but demands that each woman bring her unique voice and perspective to her leadership role.


HigherEdJobs® is the leading source for jobs and career information in academia. Each month, 1.4 million visitors come to our site, a majority of whom hold an advanced degree and have worked in higher education for 5+ years. Recruiting with HigherEdJobs ensures your school attracts and hires the very best.


Johns Hopkins University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press publishes excellent books on all aspects of higher education including books on the leadership and effective management of colleges and universities, education policy and history, faculty and student life, access and equity, international higher education, and on critical university studies. We also publish books for students and their families. All books are evidence-based, peer reviewed, and focused on practical outcomes.


Lipman Hearne
With a deep bench of seasoned professionals from the worlds of consumer brand management, research, advertising, education, and philanthropy, Lipman Hearne is uniquely able to identify and tell client stories in a way that excites and motivates target audiences. We are a fully integrated, full-service marketing and communications firm dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations build their reputations, raise funds, and broaden their influence.

We have helped hundreds of institutions achieve their bottom-line goals by devising creative and cost-effective solutions in research, strategy, planning, and implementation. With assignments that range from focused, short-term engagements to expansive, long-term relationships, we turn our clients’ missions and passions into our own.

WE WANT YOU TO GO WIDE. Because wide is where the answers are. Wide contains the small, overlooked detail and the expanse of the landscape. Wide sees it all and misses nothing. Wide is strategic and focused. Wide is disciplined. Wide is the space we occupy. And we want you to be there, too. So widen your expectations. We’ll show you how.


Mentor Collective
Mentor Collective is committed to developing student success interventions that consistently deliver outcomes for institutions and their students.  Headquartered in Boston, MA, Mentor Collective provides comprehensive mentorship services to our 50+ institutional partners, empowering these schools to provide all students with a Transformative Mentorship experience.  Transformative Mentorship is defined by the positive change it creates for students and mentors. Transformative Mentorship fosters resilience, self-efficacy, help-seeking behavior, and a greater sense of belonging - all documented leading indicators of increased enrollment and retention. Compared to traditional, small-scale mentorship, Transformative Mentorship is supported by technology, designed for large-scale application, with a deep focus on research-backed best practices for unique cohorts, as well as assessment and outcomes.


Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Each year Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 new members at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

The Society has awarded more than $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, nearly $1 million is awarded each year to members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for literacy initiatives. Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."


Student Opportunity Center

The Student Opportunity Center is the leading technology platform and service provider for helping colleges and universities implement experiential education and high-impact practices.


Stylus Publishing
Founded in 1996, Stylus publishes books that focus on higher education, and inclusive teaching in K-12. Our higher education program covers: teaching and learning, service learning, assessment, online learning, race and gender diversity on campus, student affairs, doctoral education, and leadership and administration. www.styluspub.com