Annual Meeting

Reclaiming Liberal Education

San Francisco, CA

Speaking up for what advances the democratic mission and public purposes of higher education is as important as speaking out against what would undermine them.

The 2023 Annual Meeting will focus on what we are for as a community of educators and leaders in higher education—and why.

Join your colleagues from colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Engage with higher ed thought leaders. Explore the integral relationship between liberal education and democracy. Discover the latest innovations in contemporary liberal education practice. Develop effective strategies for making the case for liberal education on your campus and beyond it.

Join Us in San Francisco

The AAC&U Annual Meeting is an opportunity to showcase your work, to bring your insights and ideas into conversation with colleagues and leading experts, and to apply your creativity and energy to the task of reclaiming liberal education.

Reclaiming Liberal Education

In moments of crisis, when speaking out and speaking up can make a real difference, leadership means finding and raising our voices—in support of what we value as well as in opposition to what threatens it.

Today, as we face a crisis of democracy in the United States and around the world and when public trust in higher education is in decline, the fundamental democratic mission and public purposes of higher education require that we make our voices heard. We must speak out against encroaching authoritarianism by, for example, opposing illiberal efforts to restrict what is taught and learned. But we also must speak up for liberal education, reclaiming this premier tradition of democratic education to which free and open inquiry is so essential. We must speak out against racial injustice by opposing it in all its societal manifestations. But we also must speak up for liberal education, reclaiming this distinctive approach to education that is centrally concerned with preparing students to address structural and systemic racism and global challenges. We must speak out against low expectations that would reduce higher learning to higher training for too many students. But we also must speak up for liberal education, reclaiming the only form of undergraduate education that develops the full human potential of all students and that best prepares graduates for career success, democratic citizenship, global engagement and personal flourishing.

“Reclaiming Liberal Education,” the theme of the 2023 annual meeting, will focus on what we are for as a community of educators and leaders in higher education—and why. We invite proposals for meeting sessions that explore the integral relationship between liberal education and democracy, that share innovations in contemporary liberal education practice to advance student learning, and that present effective strategies for making the case for liberal education to various campus and community stakeholders and within broader public discourses.

Meeting Tracks

  • Advancing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Demonstrating the Value of Liberal Education
  • Engaging in Authentic Assessment
  • Fostering Community-Based and Global Engagement
  • Involving Non-STEM Disciplines in Undergraduate STEM Reform
  • Supporting Curricular Transformation and Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • Educating for Democracy
  • Meeting the Holistic Needs of Students, Staff, and Faculty

Dates to Remember

  • Call for proposals closes

  • Registration opens

  • First day of meeting

  • Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios

Statement on Event Locations

We are committed to ensuring that AAC&U events serve as educational spaces within which the higher education community can come together, engage local communities, and discuss the issues at the forefront of public debate.