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—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

Washington, DC—The National Governors Association (NGA) recently announced the formation of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Committee to inform its work in this area and help the twenty-nine new governors, as well as incumbents, develop comprehensive STEM agendas in their states.  Project Kaleidoscope Executive Director Susan Elrod was appointed to the committee, along with eighteen other national leaders with expertise in education, policy, business, and STEM content areas.  Project Kaleidoscope merged with the Association of...Read more

May 15, 2009

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities released findings today from a survey of its members revealing trends in undergraduate general education and the use of engaged and integrative curricular practices.  The survey of chief academic officers at 433 colleges and universities of all sorts (public and private, two-year and four-year, large and small) suggests that many colleges and universities are reforming their general education programs and developing new curricular approaches and ways to assess key learning outcomes.  As institutions review their general...Read more