About AAC&U

The American Association of Colleges and Universities is a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the vitality and democratic purposes of undergraduate liberal education.

The American Association of Colleges and Universities is a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the vitality and democratic purposes of undergraduate liberal education.

Through our programs and events, publications and research, public advocacy and campus-based projects, AAC&U serves as a catalyst and facilitator for innovations that improve educational quality and equity and that support the success of all students.

A Message from Lynn Pasquerella

AAC&U supports the educational mission of colleges and universities across the global landscape of higher education and partners with campus leaders and educators at all levels.

Our Mission

AAC&U advances the democratic purposes of higher education by promoting equity, innovation, and excellence in liberal education.

Our Vision

Grounded in equity and inclusion, our vision of educational excellence is focused on the learning all students need for success in an uncertain future and for addressing the compelling issues we face as a democracy and as a global community—regardless of where they study, what they major in, or what their career goals may be. Read more about our vision of liberal education.

Our History

AAC&U was founded in 1915 as the Association of American Colleges. Over the next century and beyond, our membership has grown ever more inclusive, encompassing higher education institutions of all types and sizes across the United States and, increasingly, around the world. What continues to unite us across our differences is a shared commitment to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students. Learn more about our history.

Our Members

In addition to accredited public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities and state higher education systems and agencies throughout the United States, our membership includes degree-granting higher education institutions in more than twenty-five countries as well as other organizations and individuals. Learn more about our members.

Support Our Work

Private donations play a vital role in helping AAC&U fulfill its mission of advancing liberal education and improving the quality and equity of higher education in service to democracy. Whether it is an individual donation, corporate or foundation grant, or gift from an academic institution—every contribution makes a difference.