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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

$2.2 Million Lumina Foundation Grant to AAC&U Will Advance Faculty Development and Leadership, New Frameworks for Assessment and Accountability that Foreground Student Work, and More Constructive Public Policies to Ensure Quality Learning

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today a new project supported with funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education and designed to advance systemic change in eight higher education state systems.  The Quality Collaboratives...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the names of thirteen colleges and universities chosen in a competitive process to participate in the second cohort of Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF), a project that 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...Read more

Washington, DC—Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) are pleased to announce that Susan Elrod, PKAL executive director, has been appointed to a board advising the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) on its new NEXUS Initiative. NEXUS (National Experiment in Undergraduate Science Education) is a four-year, $1.8 million initiative that brings together four universities to create and share effective models for teaching interdisciplinary science, including new courses and ways of assessing how well they work.

"This is a bold...Read more

May 31, 2011

Washington, DC –Project Kaleidoscope and The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced recently the colleges and universities sending faculty members to each of two PKAL summer leadership institutes for early and mid-career faculty members. PKAL has sponsored a summer institute for the past thirteen years at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado, and has expanded its offerings to two institutes to be held this summer in July.

“PKAL’s 2011 Summer Leadership Institutes are geared toward...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Lisa Russell O’Shea as its new senior director of development. O’Shea will begin work at AAC&U on July 5, 2011, moving into the position from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she serves as the director of program development.

In her new role, O’Shea will play a central role in designing and implementing a fundraising strategy to support AAC&U’s continued advancement of liberal education and inclusive excellence.  She will manage several key...Read more

Washington, DC ––The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its three regularly scheduled 2011 summer institutes. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend one of three summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at San José State University in San José, California (June 4-8, 2011); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (June 14-18, 2011); and the Engaging Departments Institute...Read more

March 2, 2011

Washington, DC—At its recent annual meeting in San Francisco, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) named seven new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, president of Keene State College, assumed the position of chair of the board, taking over from Dr. David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College. Oxtoby will continue to serve on AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. Dr. Helen Giles-Gee became the ninth president of Keene State College on July 1, 2005. She also holds an appointment as professor in education and...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointments of Gary R. Brown and Ann S. Ferren as Senior Fellows in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment. Gary R. Brown is the former director of Washington State University’s Office of Assessment and Innovation. He is now an assessment consultant at Washington State University, working with colleges and academic departments on focused assessment projects. His current projects include assessment in the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Engineering...Read more

Washington, DC—Two thousand educational leaders from the United States and abroad—presidents, provosts, deans, and faculty members—gathered together this week at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, where they debated the meaning of student success in an increasingly globally interdependent world. Participants discussed new frameworks for clarifying the meaning of college degrees, the latest research on the quality of student learning in American higher education, and leading-edge campus innovations in globalizing the undergraduate curricula.

The premier meeting ground of...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2011 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 2011...Read more