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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

November 20, 2012

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of David Paris as a new Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons.  Paris will begin his work at AAC&U on January 1, 2013, and is moving into this new position from the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability where he has served as Executive Director since the Alliance’s founding in 2009. 

In addition to the work he has undertaken here in Washington, DC, since 2009, David Paris has had a long and distinguished...Read more

Washington, DC—The Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the approval of a new set of strategic goals to guide its work on behalf of its growing membership in the coming years.  These goals build on the successes of AAC&U existing signature initiatives including Liberal Educaton and America’s Promise (LEAP), Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE), Global Learning and Shared Futures, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL/STEM), and Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the names of ten colleges and universities chosen in a competitive process to participate in the third cohort of Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF). This project supports women of color faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in becoming strong academic and administrative leaders, both on campus and within their respective disciplines. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities-...Read more

Washington, DC—The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) announced today the names of 61 colleges and universities receiving grants through three programs. Seminar, Program Development, and Demonstration Site grants were awarded to selected institutions from more than 200 worthy applications received by June 15, the first deadline in the 2012-2014 funding period. Demonstration Site grants (category III) are one-time grants that take place over two years. Program Development (category II) and Seminar (category I) grants are available on quarterly...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it will partner with nine liberal arts colleges in a new initiative called Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning: Principles and Practices.  Supported by a grant from The Teagle Foundation, this initiative addresses the urgent national imperative to provide students with more engaged educational experiences that teach them how to integrate and apply knowledge and transfer what they are learning from one context to another.

This initiative builds on the...Read more

August 13, 2012

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it is joining together with 39 other higher education associations to support the University of Texas in its defense of the use of race in college admissions before the Supreme Court. AAC&U signed a brief of Amici Curiae prepared by the American Council on Education, and submitted August 13, 2012 to the Court.

In signing this brief, AAC&U is building on its long history of advancing engagement with diversity as an essential component of educational excellence. It has...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Dr. Kelly Mack as Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL). Mack already is working with AAC&U as a Senior Scholar and will begin her tenure as Executive Director on September 17, 2012.  Dr. Mack has been engaged with AAC&U’s ongoing Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments.

Dr. Mack currently holds the position of Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and since 2008 has...Read more

June 5, 2012

Washington, DC—Project Kaleidoscope and The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announce 40 faculty leaders from thirty-three colleges and universities accepted to attend the 2012 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes for early and mid-career STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty. This marks the fourteenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado. This year's two institutes will be held in July and August.

“STEM faculty attend PKAL’s...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities formally announced today that Caryn McTighe Musil will assume a new role at AAC&U as Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Initiatives.  McTighe Musil will assume this new position on November 1, 2012 when she retires as AAC&U’s Senior Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Global lnitiatives, a position she has held since 2004. McTighe Musil began working at AAC&U in 1991 assuming leadership of the Program on the Status and Education of Women and leading a series of...Read more

Washington, DC--The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges announced today that COPLAC is formally joining AAC&U’s signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College, as a partner organization.  As part of the LEAP States Initiative, public state systems and other consortia of public and private...Read more

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