2020 Annual Meeting Sponsors
AAC&U thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2020 Annual Meeting
More than 50 years ago, Charles G. Koch began supporting education, believing that everyone has the ability to learn, contribute, and succeed if they have the freedom and opportunity to do so. The Charles Koch Foundation continues this work by funding research and education that helps people expand their horizons, develop their skills, and help others. Through grants to hundreds of colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations, the foundation connects scholars, students, and partners with the resources to explore diverse ideas and solutions that meet the challenges of our day.
Strada Education Network℠ is a national 501(c)(3) 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. At a time when education and skills are more important than ever for economic advancement, we promote learning opportunities that help prepare Americans for better jobs. We do this through:
- Research that yields new insights into how postsecondary education can adapt to best meet the needs of learners.
- Philanthropy and investments that seed promising, evidence-based strategies, especially for helping low-income Americans.
- A network of affiliate organizations developing on-the-ground solutions for the needs of learners and educational institutions.
Strada is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and boasts nearly 1,000 employees nationwide, including its Washington, D.C. office and affiliate locations.
Instructure Canvas is the integrated learning management platform that includes Canvas LMS, Canvas Studio, Canvas Catalog, and Canvas Practice. Canvas has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 4,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world.
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 tools, career 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.
Since 1984, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been the only bi-weekly national newsmagazine focusing on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher education. Diverse also publishes daily online and remains the preeminent source of critical news, provocative commentary, insightful interviews, and in-depth reporting on a range of issues affecting all higher education professionals, especially underrepresented populations. Our readership comprises the most diverse audience of talented professionals to target for faculty and administrative recruiting needs. Stay ahead of the curve on diversity issues by reading Diverse!
Emsi provides colleges and universities with labor market data to build a better workforce and nurture strong economies, businesses, and graduates. Hundreds of institutions use Emsi to align programs with regional needs, drive enrollment, connect students with in-demand careers, track their alumni’s employment outcomes, and demonstrate their institution’s economic impact on their region. Visit economicmodeling.com.
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 2.2 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.
InsideTrack is passionate about student success. We partner with institutions and organizations to improve enrollment, persistence, completion and career readiness. Our student support methodology uncovers first hand feedback about student goals and challenges. Through strategic guidance, staff training and student coaching, we help institutions turn this feedback into actionable insights that drive better student outcomes. As a member of the nonprofit Strada Education Network, we offer partners access to a comprehensive range of student success solutions as well as the latest research and insights on student success. We’ve supported more than 2 million students since 2001 and currently serve over 4,000 programs.
Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, it’s to empower every student. We believe limitless potential is within every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students. Learn more at microsoft.com/education.
Tyton Partners offers a unique spectrum of advisory services that supports institutions, companies, organizations, and investors as they navigate the complexities of the global education markets. The firm’s expertise is predicated on its partners’ years of experience working across market segments – including preK–12, postsecondary, corporate training, and lifelong learning sectors – and with a diverse array of organizations. Tyton Partners leverages its deep foundation of transactional and strategic advisory experience and an extensive global network to make its clients’ aspirations a reality and catalyze innovation in the sector.
Tyton Partners works with a wide range of colleges and universities to tackle their biggest strategic challenges and develop and execute on plans that enable them to grow, evolve, and thrive. We help them diversify and grow revenue, drive teaching and learning innovation, improve student success, better align with workforce outcomes, and realize transformative public/ private partnerships, mergers and affiliations. Our work is both deeply rigorous and collaborative, grounded on fact-based market analysis, primary research drawn from our proprietary expert network, quantitative survey methods, and competitive intelligence to drive best-in-class insight and actionable recommendations across all engagements.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,800 flights a day to 353 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 770 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 559 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".
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.
Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 30 master’s and doctoral programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations. Today, the University serves over 3,400 students from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.
Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal college located on a 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound and the Thames River. Our innovative educational approach, Connections, integrates everything our 1,800 students experience here—classes, majors, study abroad, internships, even residence hall and campus life—so they learn how to look at problems from multiple angles and find value in differing points of view. These habits of mind prepare them to be leaders who are intellectually courageous, inventive, resourceful and resilient. For more information, see www.conncoll.edu.
D2L is the software leader that makes learning experiences better. The company’s cloud-based platform, Brightspace, is easy to use, flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, organizations can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that organizations can take action in real-time to keep learners on track. Brightspace is used by learners in Higher Education, K-12, and the Enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.
At EAB, our mission is to make education smarter and our communities stronger. We harness the power of more than 1,500 institutions to uncover and apply proven practices and transformative insights. From kindergarten to college and beyond, EAB partners with education leaders to accelerate progress and drive results in three key areas: enrollment, student success and institutional strategy. For more information please visit: https://www.eab.com/
Google Cloud helps power new possibilities in education. From powering higher education research and infrastructure to providing better support across the student journey with analytics and AI tools, our Cloud solutions, teaching tools, and affordable devices help transform classrooms and campuses. Explore how Google solutions are supporting breakthrough discoveries and empowering educators to improve learning experiences at edu.google.com/products/google-cloud-platform/.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere—every person, every organization, and every community around the globe. For higher education, HP combines instructional innovation, applied research, 3D technologies, and advanced information security to empower the Campus of the Future.
LatinosinHigherEd.com was founded in 2006. LatinosinHigherEd.com is the first Latinx professional employment web site designed specifically for the higher education community. It was launched in response to a growing concern about the need to promote career opportunities in higher education for the growing Latinx population. This site helps employers connect with the largest pool of Latinx professionals in higher education in the United States, Puerto Rico and internationally by disseminating employment opportunities to registered candidates and a national network of Latinx-serving organizations.
Boston-based Mentor Collective is a leading mentorship program provider led by a team passionate about creating equity and access. Founded in 2014, Mentor Collective partners with universities with a mission to provide every student with a relevant mentor to promote student success. Mentor Collective’s student-centered and outcomes-driven approach to mentorship gives every student the opportunity to succeed and every institution the ability to deliver the highest value of their education.
We partner with over 100 universities to design, manage, and assess mentorship programs that reach longer than 100,000 students nation-wide. Each Mentor Collective program embodies the values of the university community - institutions like Princeton University, Indiana University, UC-Davis, and Eastern Michigan University partner with Mentor Collective to engage a network of students, alumni, and employers in their commitment to student success.
For more information, visit http://www.mentorcollective.org.
Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions.
As a top 25 liberal arts university, Richmond offers its 3,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students a unique combination of programs across five schools. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A top-ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this University something unique.
UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. We invite new perspectives and celebrate discoveries across our range of disciplines. We’re committed to excellence because we know that what happens here has an incredible impact everywhere — and it all starts within us.
Academic Keys is the premier source for academic employment, providing a job board, search firm, and academic home site. Our site is the meeting place for those seeking an academic career and those looking to fill higher ed job openings. Academic Keys offers affordable, customized academic search services for faculty, staff, and executive positions. Our extensive database of more than one million potential candidates allows us to quickly source qualified applicants to ensure a timely search. Within each specialized program we deliver the most talented and diverse candidates to ensure a strong fit and long-term partnership with our clients.
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 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.
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
At Extension Engine, we help you design, build, and grow Custom Learning Experiences — online learning as unique as your vision and brand. We deliver by working closely with you to imagine the best solutions for your learners—and for your business.
We start by urging you to rethink every aspect of the learning landscape — from strategy to course development to marketing — in order to help you design a unique vision. We then help you build innovative educational solutions to meet your vision while being agnostic about technology — either working within the constraints of your technology landscape or using best-in-breed solutions. We then help you grow by building your internal knowledge and capacity — through launching the program, co-operating, and then transferring to you — thereby enabling you to expand on what we’ve created together, with or without us.
Our focus is on helping you meet your short- and long-term goals. Every organization is unique, so we are flexible in the way we approach every engagement — we can scale up or down to build capacity where you need it most or to support you in all aspects of our work together.
EYP is the leading architecture and engineering firm developing new ideas and design solutions with mission-driven clients in higher education, government, healthcare, and science & technology. Our interdisciplinary Total Impact Design™ approach empowers clients with buildings that profoundly impact human behavior and performance as well as energy and the environment. Dedicated to People, Purpose, and Planet, EYP design liberates human potential to transform performance; actively helps clients advance their mission; and maximizes available resources to advance sustainability. Inspired by our clients, design is how we make a positive impact on the world.
Hanover is a leading research and analytics firm that helps higher education institutions of all sizes and types tackle critical academic and administrative challenges. Our expert analysts develop a customized plan for each partner, using multiple research methodologies to deliver the insights institutions need to make informed decisions.
In addition to our custom research, Hanover’s members also work with us to submit more competitive grants, develop a grantseeking culture and competency, find the right grant opportunities, build relationships that lead to funding, and strategically position their programs and grants operations.
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, Staff Climate Survey, and the triennial HERI Faculty Survey.
HigherEdJobs® is the leading source for jobs and career information in academia. Each month, 1.5 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.
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 300 clients, Interfolio leads with vision and innovation while remaining focused on advancing faculty and their institutions.
Kognito is a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations that result in measurable changes in social, emotional, and physical health. Our growing portfolio of simulations is used by 300+ leading health, education, government, and nonprofit organizations for professional development and public education. To date, more than 1 million people have engaged in a Kognito simulation. Kognito is the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
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. WIth the creation of OneClassEDU in 2018 we have now begun partnering with colleges directly, offering a number of services such as online tutoring and an AI product suite.
PeopleGrove’s platform transforms connections into opportunities, helping higher education institutions ensure students and alumni succeed before the first day of class, during their semesters in college, and long after graduation. We amplify career preparedness and educational success, with personalized solutions for enrollment, academics, career services, and alumni relations.
PeopleGrove creates a single place for career, community, and connection. We are proud to work with hundreds of partners — including Georgetown, the University of Kansas, and Wellesley — that have used the PeopleGrove platform to empower their communities to explore career options, access opportunity, and increase alumni affinity. By providing students and alumni with genuine value, graduates are better equipped to maintain a lifelong connection to their alma mater.
Scantron’s solutions automate course evaluations and testing for institutions who need high-quality student feedback and reliable assessment results. From evaluations that capture student opinions and measure student learning objectives to digital and paper tests that assess student knowledge, Scantron’s proven solutions have helped colleges and universities simplify and speed up crucial course evaluation and assessment results capture for decades. Effective decisions depend on reliable and meaningful data. Scantron software, scanners, and forms turn raw data into actionable results that drive institutional quality. See what Scantron can do for you today!
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information, which includes www.usnews.com and annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals. In 2012 U.S. News launched a conference division focusing on important national conversations and solutions in STEM Education and Healthcare of Tomorrow. Together, U.S. News and usnews.com have earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers by focusing on health, personal finance, education, travel, cars, news and opinion. U.S. News & World Report's signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, high schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mutual funds, health plans, diets and more.
Scholars at Risk is an international network of over 500 higher education institutions and associations whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. By arranging temporary academic positions at member universities and colleges, Scholars at Risk (SAR) offers safety to scholars facing grave threats so their ideas are not lost and they can keep working until conditions improve and they are able to return to their home countries. SAR also provides advisory services for scholars and universities, campaigns for scholars who are imprisoned or silenced in their home countries, monitors and reports on attacks on higher education communities worldwide through the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, and leads in deploying new tools and strategies for promoting academic freedom and proactive values practices for universities everywhere. Institutions and individuals who share these values are invited to join the Network.
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.
Building on more than 200 years of experience, Wiley Education Services is a leading provider of comprehensive, tailored higher education services to universities around the world. We currently support over 60 partners, more than 800 programs, and over 5,000 courses, encompassing on campus, online, and hybrid models.
By extending our partners’ global reach, creating operational efficiencies, and improving learning experiences and outcomes across the student lifecycle, we help our partners achieve success in an increasingly competitive and dynamic market.
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.
Educational Testing Service is a team of education experts, researchers and assessment developers who believe that, through learning, people can improve their situations in life and make incredible contributions to the world. We also believe that by designing our assessments with industry-leading insight, rigorous research and an uncompromising commitment to quality, we can advance equity and help education and workplace communities make informed decisions about people and programs.
ETS is proud of our 70-year legacy and commitment to make fundamental contributions to the progress of education by enabling opportunity for all learners. And as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization, we stay true to that heritage of pushing the boundaries of our industry. We do this by driving innovation in assessment and by conducting groundbreaking research that helps individuals, educators and government agencies around the world find new ways to advance learning for all.
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) is a transformational leadership development and research organization that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education. Through various forward thinking programs that support women in every stage of their careers, HERS provides program participants with life-changing 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. Drawing upon its strong and diverse network of over 6,200 alumnae, HERS invests in meaningful connections to inspire collaboration and empowerment. HERS is a driving force behind much needed change in the education sector.
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.
IFYC works in higher education, partnering with U.S. colleges and universities to make interfaith cooperation a vital part of the college experience, and ultimately a positive force in our society. We support faculty, staff and administrators – with funding, training and networking – who have a shared interest in prioritizing religious diversity on campus.
Knack’s tutoring platform enables campuses to supplement academic support services without increasing overhead costs. The platform scales supplemental peer tutoring to enable an equitable, impactful, and accessible academic support model that is personalized for every student –– from freshman through senior year.
When institutions like the University of South Florida partner with Knack, they are able to increase coverage of support services and unveil new student learning data points which ultimately increase academic persistence and the development of essential 21st-century soft skills.
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 $16 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, awards supporting literacy initiatives and the love of learning, and our biennial Excellence in Innovation award to an institution of higher learning. Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and advance excellence in all fields of higher education and society."
SOC provides the largest network of experiential learning and high-impact opportunities in the US, enabling institutions to centralize, manage, track, and scale EL & HIPs while maintaining quality control. Our mission is for every student to participate in HIPs so they are ready for a great life in the 21st century.
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
Slate by Technolutions is the only CRM purpose-built for higher education to support the evolving needs of modern admissions and advancement offices through outreach, travel management, online applications, online reading, and more. Technolutions is trusted by top national research universities, liberal arts colleges, public universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship foundations. Technolutions works with the top 10 nationally ranked universities, the majority of the top 25 business schools, and many of the world’s top undergraduate, graduate, and professional school programs. Its 2019 user conference, The Slate Innovation Summit, was attended by more than 3,000 admissions professionals representing 99–100% of all Technolutions' clients. www.technolutions.com