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

July 16, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recently announced that it has joined Higher Education for Higher Standards to publicly advocate for effective implementation of college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, in our K-12 schools. This collaboration is a broad-based effort to mobilize college leaders to actively participate in debates about the standards that are increasingly playing out in state capitals and in the media. The goal of the...Read more

June 23, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) announced today the 68 institutions—including both 2-year and 4-year institutions—participating in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC) supported in its initial planning year with funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nine states currently participating in the MSC include: Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah. See:...Read more

June 19, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 20 institutions selected for the AAC&U initiative called TIDES—Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM. The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities for these campuses to develop models for broader institutional change for the advancement of evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), particularly in the computer and...Read more

June 4, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 60 STEM faculty leaders from 52 institutions of higher education who have been selected to participate in the 2014 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes. This marks the sixteenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes. The institutes will be held July 18-23 at Pendle Hill, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and July 25-30 at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado....Read more

June 3, 2014

Washington, DC—The board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today a statement, "Taking the Lead on Evidence."

Building on earlier public statements concerning increased calls for accountability and transparency in higher education—including those related to  President Obama's proposed new Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System—AAC&U's board "strongly encourages higher education's support of significant, association-led efforts that are working proactively to...Read more

May 6, 2014

Washington, DC—May 6, 2014—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the colleges, community colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its three regularly scheduled 2014 summer institutes for teams. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (June 3–7, 2014); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (June 17–21, 2014); and the...Read more

February 25, 2014

Washington, DC—February 25, 2014—Three working groups and a newly formed Quality Assurance Group began charting a twenty-first century course for general education and its assessment at a meeting in Washington, DC on February 10-11, 2014.  The Working and Quality Assurance Groups appointed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) are collaborating as part of an initiative called GEMs (General Education Maps and Markers) launched with initial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November, 2013...Read more

February 13, 2014

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) named eight new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Dr. Kenneth Ruscio, President of Washington and Lee University, became Chair of the Board, taking over from Dr. Mildred García, President of California State University, Fullerton. García will continue to serve on AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. In addition to the appointment of Kenneth P. Ruscio, AAC&U members voted to appoint Edward J. Ray, President of Oregon State...Read more

February 11, 2014

Washington, DC—AAC&U’s Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills (STIRS) Initiative was launched in 2012 to develop the tools to improve the capacity of undergraduate students to use evidence to solve problems and make decisions. Such capacities are foundational to liberal education and are critical for all students in all areas of study—including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

In the first phase of the Initiative, AAC&U has named thirteen STIRS Scholars—competitively...Read more

January 30, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and LEAP Texas announced today that Texas has become an official consortial partner in AAC&U's signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. By January 2014, LEAP Texas was over 60 institutions strong as a voluntary coalition of higher education institutions in Texas.

The LEAP Texas coalition has a common purpose and is committed to the fundamental principles of the LEAP...Read more