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

February 11, 2016

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) named seven new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Dr. James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and Environment at Arizona State University, became Chair of the Board, taking over from Dr. Edward J. Ray, President of Oregon State University. Ray will continue to serve on AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. In addition to the appointment of James P. Collins, AAC&U members voted to appoint Elsa Núñez,...Read more

January 19, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities released today the second of three planned reports highlighting findings from a national survey of Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) conducted by Hart Research Associates.  This new report, Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches,” highlights findings from the survey of a representative sample of chief academic officers at AAC&U member...Read more

January 21, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award: Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters published in 2014 by Yale University Press. The Ness award is given for the book that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education, and will be formally presented to the author, Michael S. Roth, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, on January 21, 2016, in Washington, DC. Michael S. Roth is president of...Read more

January 14, 2016

Washington, DC—January 14, 2016—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2016 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...Read more

January 12, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today announced new assignments for four key senior staff members.

As of January 1, 2016, Debra Humphreys has assumed a new position as Senior Vice President for Academic Planning and Public Engagement.  As of February 1, Tia Brown McNair will succeed Susan Albertine as Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. Susan Albertine will begin a phased retirement transition into a new role as a part-time Senior Scholar overseeing the LEAP States initiative and AAC&U’s Faculty...Read more

January 6, 2016

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will hold its Annual Meeting in Washington from January 20–23, 2016. AAC&U's 2016 Annual Meeting, “How Higher Education Can Lead—On Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal,” explores directly the question "Land of Opportunity–But for Whom?" Attendees will explore what educators can do, together with our students, to reverse this nation's deepening divides and ensure that all college students gain the benefits of a public-spirited, engaged liberal education.Read more

January 4, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has chosen Dr. Lynn Pasquerella to become AAC&U’s 14th president. She will assume her new duties on July 1, 2016. Read more

December 17, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) announced today the receipt of a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to sponsor public forums on “Citizenship Under Siege” in partnership with seven community colleges. This project builds on a previous NEH-funded project, Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking. That three-year curriculum and faculty development project engaged the same community colleges that will now participate in “Citizenship Under Siege.”Read more

December 2, 2015

Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), sent a strong message today to the accrediting community and to policy and higher education leaders urging more forceful and concerted action to ensure and report students’ achievement of the full set of the learning outcomes most important for success and flourishing in life, work, and citizenship. Read more

November 16, 2015

AAC&U announces the release of the first of three planned reports highlighting findings from a national survey of AAC&U member chief academic officers (CAOs) conducted by Hart Research Associates. The initial report, “Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together: Institutional Priorities for Tracking and Advancing Underserved Students’ Success,” highlights findings from both the national survey and from structured interviews related to goal-setting and priorities for diversity, equity, and student success in both completing degrees and achieving key learning outcomes.Read more