For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
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Carrie Johnson
Associate Director of Marketing and Media Relations
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AAC&U Partners with National STEM Leadership Conference

Apr 6, 2016

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is proud to announce its affiliation with U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, taking place in Baltimore, May 18–20, 2016.  

About U.S. News STEM Solutions

The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference is focused on improving America's science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Produced by U.S. News & World Report, the conference highlights STEM issues on a national stage and assembles major corporations, leading educators, and top policymakers to find solutions to the STEM crisis.

The fifth annual conference will bring together more than 1,000 stakeholders from all sectors of the national STEM community to address new models in STEM education, particularly those that illuminate the role of diversity in STEM and identify the skills necessary to support the STEM workforce of tomorrow.  This collaborative, resolution-oriented symposium goes beyond broad-based discussion of the issues and focuses on outcomes and specific strategies, initiatives, and successes that are already moving the needle toward inclusive excellence in STEM education.

Kelly Mack—AAC&U Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)—will speak on “Retention Intervention: Staying the Course in College” on Thursday, May 19.  PKAL is AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform dedicated to empowering STEM faculty, including those from underrepresented groups, to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated. 

“STEM is one of the most important issues we need to address as a country, and we are delighted that AAC&U is supporting the STEM cause,” says Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer at U.S. News & World Report. “We look forward to their contributions to the conference in Baltimore.”

To learn more about how you can help shape our nation’s future by participating in U.S. News STEM Solutions, visit  

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.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at