For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)
Carrie Johnson
Associate Director, Marketing and Media Relations
202.387.3760, ext. 811

2,000 Expected in DC to Explore How to Bring Together Goals for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and High-Quality Learning

Jan 6, 2016

At Annual Meeting, AAC&U Will:

  • Release Findings from National Survey on Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Use of High-Impact Educational Practices  
  • Discuss Progress in Meeting “The LEAP Challenge” Issued at Last Year’s Annual Meeting  
  • Explore How Colleges and Universities are Advancing Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal  
  • Explore How E-Portfolios Can be Used to Advance Intentionality, Equity, and Student Success

Event: 2016 AAC&U Annual Meeting—How Higher Education Can Lead—On Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal

When: January 20–23, 2016

Where: The Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC

Washington, DC—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.

Media are welcome to attend all sessions, but press passes are required and must be obtained in advance. Please contact Carrie Johnson at  to receive press passes to the meeting.

Conference Highlights

Pre-Conference Symposium on January 20
The LEAP Challenge and the Equity Imperative
With speakers Tia Brown McNair and Carol Geary Schneider—both of AAC&U; James P. Collins, Arizona State University; Randall J. Bass, Georgetown University; and Bret Eynon, LaGuardia Community College–City University of New York

Opening Night Forum on January 20
Educating Higher: Toward an Equitable, Innovative Future for Higher Education
Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York Graduate Center

Opening Plenary
Making Excellence Inclusive: What It Means—and How We Can
Freeman A. Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Thursday Afternoon Plenary
The Equity Imperative in Practice: Presidential Perspectives
Ronald A. Crutcher, President, University of Richmond; Mildred García, President, California State University—Fullerton; William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus, The University System of Maryland Office; Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College—City University of New York

Thursday, January 21
Reception Honoring AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider

7th Annual E-Portfolio Forum on January 23
Achieving Equity through Student Success and E-Portfolios
Keynote presented by Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, on "Realities and Possibilities of Digital Pedagogies in the Changing Academy"

Other Annual Meeting Plenary and Featured Speakers Include:

Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mt. Holyoke College and President-Elect, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Richmond
Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education
Daniel Greenstein, Director, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, US Department of Education
Robert J. Sternberg, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

See the complete program and listing of speakers at Learn more about what’s happening at the Annual Meeting on the AAC&U blog, Follow us on Twitter,, #aacu16.

AAC&U’s Annual Meeting is an ideal and efficient venue to learn about the latest innovations at a wide array of colleges, universities, and community colleges. AAC&U staff members are available to set up interviews with meeting speakers and/or participants.

Taskstream Taskstream is the featured sponsor of AAC&U’s Annual Meeting and a proud partner of the VALUE/Multi-State Collaborative assessment initiative. Taskstream advances effective learning outcomes assessment to improve student learning and institutional quality with proven, reliable, and user-friendly technology and supporting services.

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.