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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

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.

The 2012...Read more

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.

"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

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