2022 Annual Meeting

January 19, 2022 to January 21, 2022
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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 these sessions after the meeting.

Since the 2022 Annual Meeting will be a hybrid event, you will be given the option of selecting between the in-person and virtual formats during the proposal submission process. All proposals will be reviewed based on their individual merits and regardless of the session format selected.

The Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will be an entirely virtual event and will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Notice of proposal acceptances will be sent the week of September 27th.
Information on registration rates and hotel booking at the Marriott Marquis will become available week of September 27th.   Please check back periodically for updates on schedule, speakers, registration and hotel reservations.  You can also send inquiries to am@aacu.org.