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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.

AAC&U champions a contemporary vision of liberal education and sponsors a campaign called Liberal Education and America's Promise to expand public and student understanding of what really matters in college—the kinds of learning that will truly empower students to succeed and make a difference in the 21st century.

Recent Press Releases

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 2013 summer institutes. 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 1–5, 2013); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin (June 11–14, 2013); and the Institute on...Read more

April 10, 2013

AAC&U Launches New LEAP Employer-Educator Compact to Respond

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today a report, It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success, summarizing the findings of a national survey of business and nonprofit leaders. Among other...Read more

February 13, 2013

Washington, DC—February 13, 2013—At its recent annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) formally launched a new strategic plan, Big Questions, Urgent Challenges: Liberal Education and Americans’ Global Future,” to guide its work on behalf of its members through 2017. In connection with its new strategic plan, AAC&U also recently announced a change to its mission statement.

AAC&U’s mission is now “to make liberal...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession, published in 2011 by Jossey-Bass/Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Ness award is given to a book that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education, and will be formally presented to the authors, Anne...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2013 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; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and in others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. The award is named in honor of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley.

The 2013...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the names of ten community colleges chosen in Phase Two of the Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project. The Roadmap Project is made possible by a grant from MetLife Foundation as part of MetLife Foundation’s commitment to increasing the success of community college students.

Part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative, AAC&U’s Roadmap Project...Read more

Washington, DC–More than 1,600 educational leaders from across the U.S. and abroad—presidents, provosts, deans, faculty members, and students—are expected at AAC&U's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, later this month.

Participants at the meeting will explore a wide range of new approaches to ensuring the quality of college degrees. AAC&U's 2013 Annual Meeting is designed to engage leaders from across higher education with pressing questions about how the academy is adapting to globalization, demographic change, rapid technological advancement, and...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that its board of directors has approved a change to its formal mission statement.

AAC&U's mission is now "to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education."

With this shift, AAC&U reaffirms its nearly one-hundred year commitment to the aims and outcomes of an engaged and public-spirited liberal education as the best preparation for work, life, and citizenship.  Since...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the official award of $1.1M from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand the work of the Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF) initiative. The program supports women of color faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to become strong academic and administrative leaders, both on campus and within their respective disciplines, and to stimulate redesigns of...Read more

Awards from the Lumina Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation, with matching funds from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation and the S. Engelhard Center, to support publication of five monographs in The Civic Series, and a series of civic seminars held on campuses around the country

Washington, DC—The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) announced today the receipt of $340,000 in funding from...Read more