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Japan Association for College and University Education Signs Partnership Agreement with AAC&U

Jun 4, 2015

AAC&U Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA)

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Japan Association for College and University Education (JACUE) announced today that JACUE is an AAC&U partner organization. More information about the JACUE Partnership can be found online here: www.aacu.org/leap/global-partners.

Rie Mori, a member of the JACUE International Committee, and a liaison to AAC&U’s LEAP initiative, said, "We are now revitalizing liberal/general education, which used to be a compulsory component of Japanese college education but which has been excluded from the national curriculum for more than 20 years.  The partnership between AAC&U and JACUE will surely encourage both parties to emphasize the significance of liberal/general education."

On January 22, 2015, at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, JACUE and AAC&U signed a partnership memorandum of understanding detailing JACUE’s participation in AAC&U’s work for college learning in the twenty-first century and interest in the LEAP initiative. As part of the partnership, the two organizations will work with their member institutions to exchange information about the state of liberal and general education in both countries.  One aim of the partnership is to develop and disseminate a program similar to LEAP in Japan.   Susan Albertine, AAC&U’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Director of LEAP States, said, “The two organizations are eager to cooperate in a variety of ways to advance mutual understanding of the meaning of liberal education in global context and to discover both shared values and distinctive differences.”

Both associations are eager to encourage networking among their respective membership groups.  The agreement marks an historic opportunity and the beginning of generative work ahead.

Masaaki Ogasawara, the President of JACUE, said, "The agreement with AAC&U was announced to all of the 1,600 members of JACUE including individual and institutional members. The cooperation will certainly inspire the members of both sides. We are now working on developing the Japanese set of LEAP VALUE rubrics, and looking forward to extending our cooperation on liberal education in wider perspective."

“AAC&U is very pleased to welcome JACUE as a global partner,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider.  “AAC&U and JACUE bring together educators who share a passion for liberal education and a commitment to help all students achieve both broad learning about the world they will inherit—through studies in science, humanities, the arts, and the social sciences—and the critical skills they need to help create solutions for our future.  We are delighted to have an opportunity to explore liberal education, the LEAP framework, and global learning in college with JACUE.  Especially because Japan is a strong and healthy democracy, we also have an opportunity to learn together about how to prepare students to take responsibility for the future of freedom around the world.  We hope the partnership will help college students in both countries receive the best possible preparation for purposeful work and generative citizenship, as well as flourishing lives.”

For more information about the JACUE Partnership, please refer to: www.aacu.org/leap/global-partners.

About LEAP

Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is an initiative that champions the value of a liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. The initiative focuses campus practice on fostering Essential Learning Outcomes for all students, whatever their chosen field of study.  LEAP seeks to engage the public with core questions about what really matters in college, to give students a compass to guide their learning, and to make a set of Essential Learning Outcomes the preferred framework for educational excellence, assessment of learning, and new alignments between school and college.

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 www.aacu.org.

 About Japan Association for College and University Education

Established in December 1979 as the "General Education Society," the Japan Association for College and University Education is a pioneering academic association in the field of higher education. In 1991, the name of the Society was changed to the Japan Association for College and University Education. The Society advances research in the field of university education and also supports a wide range of practices and research and development to improve teaching and institutions. The importance of university education is becoming ever more evident with the development of a knowledge-based society, and therefore we aspire to contribute to university reform and revitalize higher education's traditional role in personality formation. Our thematic research projects in faculty development, university self-evaluation, undergraduate education, and other related topics are our core competence and our very raison d'être. In the present milieu of university education research and reform, we set our research subject as "university education--the history and idea of ​​liberal and general education." By this we emphasize our view to recognize university education as a humanistic and people-driven research subject, which overcomes the distinction between specialized and general education. We see higher education research as a new academic field that includes topics such as faculty development and students' self-directed learning.  At the Japan Association for College and University Education we will continue to break new ground for Japanese university education. As outcomes we wish to contribute to the aims and ideals of general education, and to the development of the autonomy of each institution and the diversity among the institutions, fields highlighted by the University Council and the Central Council for Education in Japan.  Information about JACUE is available at http://daigakukyoiku-gakkai.org/.