Annual Meeting

Educating for Democracy

2022 Annual Meeting

Marriott Marquis
Washington, DC

2022 Annual Meeting Recordings Now Available

Annual Meeting registrants may now access the recorded plenaries and virtual sessions from the meeting. Sign into the Annual Meeting online platform or mobile app using your Access Key to catch up on sessions that you weren’t able to attend, or to review sessions that you attended live.

Higher Education’s premier meeting of professionals from all roles, disciplines, and institutional types is available for those who were not able to join at the time of the meeting. Register now for on-demand access to all of the plenary and recorded sessions, the Pre-Meeting Symposium, and the Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios. That’s a total of over 80 sessions covering a full range of the hottest topics in higher education today.

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Drawing on the capacity for innovation demonstrated across higher education during the pandemic, the 2022 Annual Meeting will showcase and examine new models, practices, and solutions aimed at reinvigorating liberal education in service to democracy.

Educating for Democracy

The long-awaited reopening of economies and societies—and campuses—in the aftermath of the pandemic brings with it an elated expectation of restoration and recovery: the return to normal. Yet while many of the immediate challenges COVID-19 created for colleges and universities may now begin to recede, the pandemic turned a powerful spotlight on existing challenges that had for too long been left unresolved. Particularly with respect to equity, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated and deepened trends already undermining the democratic role of higher education. Democracy requires a form of higher education that is both accessible and affordable, that is not structured by racism, and that is valued because it produces graduates who are socially and economically mobile as well as practiced in the arts of democracy and civic life.

The 2022 Annual Meeting will bring together a broad and diverse community of educators not to look back to an idealized pre-pandemic normal but to look resolutely forward. The meeting program will provide a clear-eyed assessment of the obstacles that remain on the path to a liberal education for many students today. And, finding confidence in the capacity for innovation demonstrated across higher education during the pandemic, it will also showcase and examine new models, practices, and solutions aimed at removing those obstacles and reinvigorating liberal education in service to democracy.

A Hybrid Meeting

AAC&U is looking forward to gathering in person for the 2022 Annual Meeting. While we hope to see many of you in Washington, DC, we will also offer a virtual component for those unable to join us in person.

The plenary sessions and some concurrent sessions will be live-streamed. All conference participants will be able to view recordings of the virtual sessions after the meeting. The Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will be an entirely virtual event and will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022.

All in-person attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. Please see the Health & Safety page for more detailed information.


2022 Annual Meeting: Schedule at a Glance

Learn about all scheduled sessions, workshops, plenaries, and events.

Annual Meeting Highlights