What's New

Andrew Flagel Joins AAC&U as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:30

AAC&U has appointed Andrew Flagel as vice president for advancement and member engagement, effective July 1. In this role, he will help promote the mission of AAC&U by leading strategic advancement and membership growth and development.

Recent Op-Ed on the Benefits of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00

“The liberal arts and sciences are not only critically important for individual career success and the overall national economy. They are also essential to our country,” wrote Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa Society, in a recent op-ed for Fox News, "What Critics of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education are Missing."

David M. Scobey Joins BTtoP as New Director

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:00

After fifteen years of dedicated service, Donald W. Harward, director and cofounder of Bringing Theory to Practice, is stepping down at the end of this month. Following a successful search, David M. Scobey will join BTtoP as the new project director on July 1. Read the full announcement here

Joint Statement on the Value of Liberal Education by AAC&U and AAUP

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 10:15

AAC&U and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have released a joint statement on the economic, societal, and democratic value of liberal education.

AAC&U Awards Twenty-Four Grants to Spur Civic Learning in Student Majors

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:30

AAC&U has announced the twenty-four departments from institutions across the country that received mini-grants, supported by a grant from The Endeavor Foundation, to advance civic learning and social responsibility as expected dimensions within students’ majors.

US Senator Commends AAC&U for Work to Destigmatize Criminal Justice History

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:45

US Senator Brian Schatz has commended AAC&U for urging its member institutions to review policies related to students with criminal histories. On May 1, 2018, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella responded to a request from Schatz by releasing a statement asking campuses to review admissions practices related to students' criminal justice involvement and promote discussion about initiatives like the “ban the box” movement to remove criminal justice questions from applications. “This move takes us one step further in restoring hope and opportunity for people with criminal records, who face an uphill battle in trying to improve their lives and pursue the American Dream,” Senator Schatz said in a May 15 statement. “I hope that others in the higher education community will follow their lead.”

Seeking Submissions for The Academic Minute

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 09:30

The Academic Minute radio program is seeking submissions for upcoming segments. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org.                                      

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. In addition to being broadcast widely on radio stations around the country, each segment is posted daily on Inside Higher Ed and across The Academic Minute’s and AAC&U’s social media portals.

The Academic Minute has particular interest in research submissions related to several specific themes:

  • Labor Day – exploring jobs, automation, and the future of work in America
  • Back to School – educational practice, especially liberal education
  • Week-Long Series – five separate research submissions from one institution
  • Other Topics – research focused on areas outside of these topics

Be sure to tune in daily to The Academic Minute, and thank you for considering this opportunity for public engagement.

Statement on Destigmatizing Past Criminal Justice Involvement

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:30

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella encourages campuses to review admissions practices related to students' criminal justice involvement and promote discussion about initiatives like the “ban the box” movement to remove criminal justice questions from applications. 

Making the Case for High-Impact Practices

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 16:45

In a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed, Jillian Kinzie and George D. Kuh argue that simply offering high-impact practices isn't enough to reap the benefits they provide. Implementation should be equitable, intentional, geared toward institutional context, and based on evidence.

A Call for Effective Assessment

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:15

Members of the higher education assessment community have joined together to affirm a collective commitment to effective and useful assessment practices that contribute to better student learning. Read the full statement here

Upcoming Webinar on Addressing Disparities in Student Outcomes

Free Resources on Addressing Disparities in Student Outcomes

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:00

AAC&U offers a new publication and upcoming webinar on “A Vision for Equity: Campus-Based Strategies for Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence.” Based on findings from a three-year project that included thirteen institutions, these resources share lessons, practical examples, models, and data for campuses working to identify and address disparities in student outcomes. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Inaugural Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 16:00

The institute, a new partnership between the Interfaith Youth Core and AAC&U, is an opportunity for campus teams to engage issues of religious diversity. The institute will be held July 17–20 at Boston University. Applications are due April 30, 2018.

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AAC&U Announces New Directors and Officers for Board of Directors

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:45

AAC&U is pleased to welcome eight new board members, a new slate of officers, and a new board chair, Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College, to its board of directors.

AAC&U Launches Five-Year Strategic Plan

AAC&U Launches Five-Year Strategic Plan

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 00:15

AAC&U’s 2018–22 strategic plan, We ASPIRE, outlines goals and strategic initiatives for the next five years. We ASPIRE reclaims higher education’s civic mission of educating for democracy and reaffirms a commitment to demonstrating the value of liberal education to prepare students for work, life, and global citizenship.

Seven Graduate Students Honored with K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:45

Cross Scholars are recognized for their commitment to academic and civic responsibility and their promise as future leaders of higher education. They will be honored and introduced to the AAC&U community during the Opening Plenary at AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting and will speak in the session, “Faculty of the Future: Voices from the Next Generation.”