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

August 26, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 12 institutions participating in a new “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Successinitiative funded by USA Funds. The initiative is designed to enhance student success and academic achievement, especially among underserved populations of low-income, first-generation and minority students, as well as adult learners. Read more

August 6, 2015

AAC&U announced the appointment of Dr. Kate McConnell as the new Senior Director for Research and Assessment.  McConnell will begin this position on Monday, August 31, after serving in several capacities at Virginia Tech, including most recently as its inaugural Director of Assessment in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  Prior to her work at Virginia Tech, she served as the Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Stonehill College.  Read more

July 28, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is pleased to announce the first cohort of Faculty Fellows.  Faculty Fellows will collaborate with colleagues across state systems and collaboratives in five states: California, Indiana, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.  They will share best practices for general education and lead faculty development activities to advance student achievement of key proficiencies—including those articulated in AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative and in the Degree Qualifications Profile developed by Lumina Foundation and formally released in its first edition in 2014—that are important for post-graduation success and well-being.Read more

July 1, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 100 STEM faculty leaders from 76 institutions of higher education who have been selected to participate in the 2015 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes. This marks the seventeenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes. The institutes will be held July 14-19 and July 21-26 at The Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland, and July 25-30 at The Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado.Read more

June 30, 2015

Washington, DC—At a recent convening in Arlington, Virginia, teams of faculty and academic administrators from eight colleges and universities gathered to begin work on advancing the goals of AAC&U’s recently-launched LEAP Challenge.

Announced as part of its Centennial Annual Meeting and marking the tenth year of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, The LEAP Challenge is the next phase of LEAP.  It will entail multiple strands of work all designed to reposition inquiry-based, interest-driven learning...Read more

June 10, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Dr. Kathy J. Wolfe as the new Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons. Wolfe will begin this position on August 3, 2015, transitioning from her role as an AAC&U Senior Fellow. Dr. Wolfe has come to AAC&U from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she served for four years as the Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Wolfe joined AAC&U’s leadership team during the association’s...Read more

June 4, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Japan Association for College and University Education (JACUE) announced today that JACUE is an AAC&U partner organization. More information about the JACUE Partnership can be found online here: more

May 19, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) announced today that Washington is now a state partner in AAC&U’s Centennial Campus Action, Advocacy, and Research Initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College.  Read more

May 5, 2015

Washington, DC—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 2015 summer institutes for teams. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes.Read more

April 30, 2015

Washington, DC—In a statement submitted to the Senate HELP Committee in response to its call for comments, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider urged members of the committee as it considers possible changes to accreditation to “prioritize first and foremost the goal of ensuring that all college students participate in high-quality programs that are well-designed to advance a set of essential learning outcomes…and that accredited institutions make visible their commitment to these learning...Read more