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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 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

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

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