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

January 9, 2014

Washington, DC—January 9, 2014—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2014 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...Read more

December 10, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a $4.9 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the launch of a new initiative called TIDES—Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM. The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities on at least fourteen competitively selected campuses and develop models for broader institutional change to advance evidence-based and culturally...Read more

November 14, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the organization a $2,305,000 grant to support initial work on two initiatives designed to significantly improve the quality of undergraduate education and increase student success.

AAC&U will launch on December 1, 2013 two far-reaching educational change efforts—GEMs (General Education Maps and Markers) and VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in...Read more

November 8, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education announced today that Indiana has become a state partner in AAC&U’s signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. This announcement follows a formal vote by the Indiana Commission to pass a resolution in support of Indiana becoming a LEAP state.

In its resolution, the Commission noted that becoming an official LEAP state partner is part of its...Read more

November 6, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) announced today that NAC&U will formally partner with AAC&U on its signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. Through the partnership, NAC&U will leverage its members’ collective mission—to purposefully integrate liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement— to advance LEAP’s twenty-first century vision of liberal education.

As part...Read more

October 28, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that Kelly Mack has been appointed Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education at AAC&U. She assumes this position in addition to her ongoing role as Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), a position she has held since 2012. Mack will lead a new Office of Undergraduate STEM Education at AAC&U and will guide the association and PKAL in an expanded set of activities designed to increase the effectiveness of STEM teaching and learning and to create more liberally educated...Read more

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Event: 

Sustainability Improves Student Learning Convocation

When:

September 19-20, 2013

Where:

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC—The Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today an official statement on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence.” This statement explains AAC&U’s vision of inclusive excellence in light of its recently expanded mission statement and in support of AAC&U’s ongoing work on liberal education, inclusive excellence, and student success.

As of January 2013, AAC&U’s mission is “to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the...Read more

June 30, 2013

Washington, DC—In a strongly worded statement released today, a coalition of higher education organizations representing the majority of accredited colleges and universities in the country pledged a continuing commitment to “furthering the goals of equal opportunity and diversity in education” at all levels.  The organizations signing the statement are all committed to creating diverse learning environments through which today’s college students can become better prepared “...Read more

June 19, 2013

Washington, DC—The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released today an important national report framed by a distinguished National Commission and concerned with the continuing indispensable role of the humanities and social sciences in meeting urgent national goals. The report, The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation, calls for renewed commitment to the humanities and social sciences and for leadership collaborations across a wide array of...Read more

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