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.

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Washington, DC2,000 educational leaders from around the country—presidents, provosts, deans, and faculty members—gathered in Washington, DC, in late January for AAC&U's Annual Meeting, January 25-28, 2012. Building on the discussions already begun at the White House Convening on January 10, participants discussed how colleges and universities can implement recommendations from the newly released report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future. Developed by the...Read more

Washington, DC––Project Kaleidoscope and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today a new initiative to develop a comprehensive institutional STEM Effectiveness Framework to help campus leaders translate national recommendations for raising STEM achievement into scalable and sustainable actions that improve STEM learning and success for all students. Funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, the project will engage up to twelve colleges and universities in California to test evidence-based strategies that...Read more

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2012 AAC&U Annual Meeting—Shared Futures, Difficult Choices: Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning, Global Engagement, and Success


January 25-28, 2012


Grand Hyatt Hotel
1000 H Street, NW

Washington, DC–-The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2012 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.

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Washington, DC—Concerned that we are creating a two-tier system of higher education that isn’t preparing all college graduates to participate successfully in either our democracy or the economy, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) President Carol Geary Schneider today called for new efforts to make civic learning for all students a widely shared national priority at a White House convening, “For Democracy’s Future: Higher Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission.” Schneider joined with US Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter to present findings and...Read more

$360,000 Grant to the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment Will Support Faculty and Curriculum Development and Will Result in New Humanities Courses That Teach Skills and Knowledge Essential for Responsible Citizenship in a Diverse and Globally Connected World

Washington, DC–The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative (TDC) announced today the receipt of a $359,995 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the...Read more

Washington, DC-–The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced today that Kentucky is the seventh official state partner in its continuing national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College.  Using LEAP resources and the outcomes frameworks developed in the initiative, Kentucky colleges and universities already have been working to clarify what common learning outcomes all Kentucky two-year and four-year college...Read more

$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.

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