AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. AAC&U is an excellent source of information on undergraduate curricular change, how colleges are changing to meet the needs of the new global economy, general education reform, student learning outcomes assessment, diversity and equity in higher education, and global issues in higher education.

Recent Press Releases

April 6, 2021

Washington, DC—Today the focus is rightly on the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. AAC&U grieves with the family and friends of George Floyd over their ongoing trauma and loss. Unfortunately, we recognize and acknowledge that anti-Black police violence did not begin or end with the killing of George Floyd. Neither will it end with the conviction of Derek Chauvin. We note, too, that the long-standing movement for racial justice that was sparked by outrage over Floyd’s death continues to build as communities across the country and around the world...Read more

April 6, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today a report on employer views of higher education, “...Read more

April 1, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the retirement of Terrel Rhodes, effective April 1, 2021, and the promotion of Kate McConnell to AAC&U’s executive leadership team as the Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and the Executive Director of VALUE. In this role, she will focus on making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education through research, capacity-building, and advocacy focused on changing teaching, learning, and assessment practices—including but not limited to the...Read more

March 22, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today that Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, has joined the first class of the National Academy for International Education. The Academy is an honorary society and think tank made up of distinguished leaders actively engaged in shaping international education and generating knowledge to advance the field. Created by the Institute of International Education, the...Read more

March 4, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today announced its strong support for the creation of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT). On February 25, Rep. Barbara Lee and Sen. Cory Booker reintroduced in the US Congress a resolution urging the establishment of this congressional commission to “properly acknowledge, memorialize, and be a catalyst for progress toward jettisoning...Read more

February 8, 2021

Washington, DC—At the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, five new directors and new officers were elected to the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ board of directors. Lenore Rodicio, senior fellow at the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, will serve as chair of the board. William J. Craft, president of Concordia College, will serve as past chair. The members also voted to elect Mary Dana Hinton, president of Hollins University, as vice chair of the board, and David Wilson, president of Morgan State...Read more

February 1, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that twelve institutions representing fifteen teams from around the world are participating in the inaugural Institute on ePortfolios. This institute provides a year-long engagement opportunity for campuses and teams seeking to actualize an ambitious strategy to broaden student and faculty/staff engagement with ePortfolios. One team from each of the eleven institutions is participating in the institute...Read more

January 25, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the education technology company Cengage have announced thirteen recipients of the AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes college and university presidents whose outstanding leadership to advance liberal education has resulted in reduced equity gaps, improved inclusion and belonging for minoritized students, and reformed hiring practices to promote greater diversity....Read more

December 18, 2020

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2021 recipients of the annual K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning. The awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley.

The 2021 recipients are:...Read more

November 30, 2020

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced Unite for Truth, a campaign to raise funds for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. In conjunction with Giving Tuesday, the campaign goal is to reach $250,000 in pledges by December 1. The fundraising campaign will support the TRHT Campus Centers’ goal to establish 150 self-sustaining, community-integrated centers. Donors are invited to support this important work by visiting ...Read more