Press Room

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 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

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 2012 summer institutes. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at The Hotel at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Maryland (June 2-6, 2012); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon (June 19-23, 2012); and the Institute on...Read more

April 13, 2012

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative (TDC) announced today the names of ten community colleges competitively chosen to take the lead in a new initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Selected institutions include:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)
City University of New York, Kingsborough Community College (NY)
County College of Morris (NJ)
Georgia Perimeter College (GA)
Kapi‘olani Community

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Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education announced today that Massachusetts is now a state partner in AAC&U's signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. 

"Massachusetts sought to become a LEAP partner state because the LEAP vision for learning and its approach to student learning outcomes assessment is so consistent with Massachusetts' ...Read more

February 12, 2012

Washington, DC—April 10, 2012—Thirteen national organizations announced today their participation in a new steering committee on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) that will coordinate and expand the impact of civic learning initiatives around the country.  This coordinated effort emerges from discussions among some 140 civic and educational leaders brought together during a year-long initiative sponsored by the Department of Education and coordinated by AAC&U and the Global Perspective Institute, Inc. (GPI).  This initiative...Read more

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