Latest Research:

Employer Surveys and Economic Trend Research

AAC&U periodically commissions national surveys and conducts focus groups to examine trends related to college graduates and the most important learning experiences and outcomes they need to navigate the global economy successfully.


“How College Contributes to Workforce Success: Employer Views on What Matters Most” (2021)


"Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work" (2018)

"Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success" (2015)

Campus Stakeholder Attitudes and Practices

AAC&U’s campus-based research examines the challenges, priorities, and practices at the forefront of advancing student learning and success across a diverse landscape of higher education institutions.


Academic Year 2021-2022: Are College Campuses Ready? (2021)


Campus Challenges and Strategic Priorities in a Time of Change (2021)

Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together: Institutional Priorities for Tracking and Advancing Underserved Students' Success (2015)

Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches (2015)

Trends in Learning Outcomes Assessment: Key Findings from a Survey among Administrators at AAC&U Member Institutions (2015)

Surveys of College and University Presidents

Conducted in March and July 2020, these surveys explore the anticipated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how college and university presidents planned to respond to the financial fallout. The July survey also explored presidents’ planning in response to calls for racial justice and to address anti-Black racism within their institutions and on their campuses.

“Responding to the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis and to Calls for Racial Justice:
A Survey of College and University Presidents”

“COVID-19 Strategy Survey of AAC&U Presidents” (2020)

Employment Outcomes for Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation, AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems published this joint 2014 report on earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with different undergraduate majors. The report provides answers to common questions posed by students, parents, and policymakers who are increasingly concerned about the value of college degrees.

"How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment: A Report on Earnings and Long-Term Career Paths" (2014)