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.

Recent Press Releases

May 21, 2018

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the twenty-four departments from institutions across the country that received mini-grants to advance civic learning and social responsibility as expected dimensions within students’ majors. AAC&U received 134 mini-grant applications, indicating widespread interest in rethinking departmental disciplinary designs for learning, life, work, and citizenship.

“Educating for democracy is more critical than ever, and AAC&U is proud to support the departments and institutions receiving...Read more

May 22, 2018

AAC&U announced today the two- and four-year colleges, universities, and state systems sending participants to its four regularly scheduled 2018 summer institutes. Teams of five or more will attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Utah (June 5–8, 2018); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Utah (June 19–22, 2018); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Boston University (July 17–20, 2018). Individual faculty members will attend the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland (July 10–15 and July 17–22, 2018). 

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April 30, 2018

Transformational Grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Will Support a 3-year Initiative to Increase Curricular and Cocurricular Student Experiences at Colleges and UniversitiesRead more

February 21, 2018

From July 17-20, 2018, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will hold the inaugural Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence at Boston University. Read more

February 14, 2018

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) elected eight new directors and selected a slate of new officers to serve on its board of directors. Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College, became chair of the board, taking over for Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University. Núñez will continue to serve on AAC&U’s board executive committee as past chair. The members also voted to appoint Carol Leary, President of Bay Path University, as...Read more

January 25, 2018

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today its 201822 strategic plan outlining goals and aspirations that will guide the association’s work over the next five years. The plan, We ASPIRE: Advancing Student Performance through Integration, Research, and Excellence, was presented at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

We ASPIRE reclaims higher education’s civic mission of educating for democracy and reaffirms a commitment to demonstrating...Read more

January 24, 2018

Washington, DC­­—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work, published by Harvard Education Press. The Ness Award is given for the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, and it will be formally presented to the author, Matthew T. Hora, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting on January 25, 2018, in Washington, DC. Matthew T. Hora is an assistant professor of...Read more

January 9, 2018

Washington, DC­­—To mark the second annual National Day of Racial Healing on January 16, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) calls on colleges and universities across the country to engage in activities, events, or strategies that promote healing and foster engagement around the issues of racism, bias, inequity, and injustice in our society. The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people and organizations to come together in their common humanity and take collective action to...Read more

January 8, 2018

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2018 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 awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education,...Read more

January 4, 2018

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will hold its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, from January 24–27, 2018. AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting, “Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?,” will address higher education’s role in the American Dream in the face of a public narrative that argues the two have become disconnected. Read more