What's New

AAC&U Announces New Faculty Collaboratives Project Funded by Lumina Foundation

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:30

AAC&U announces the launch of a new project supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation. Working in ten states that have formally affiliated with AAC&U’s LEAP initiative, the Faculty Collaboratives project will build the capacity of faculty to apply Degree Qualifications Profile and Tuning principles to the redesign of general education programs and to the assessment and transferability of student learning outcomes or proficiencies.

Advancing Roadmaps Project to Develop Learning Pathways for Community College Students

Advancing Roadmaps Project to Develop Learning Pathways for Community College Students

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:15

AAC&U has launched a new project, Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success, with support from The Kresge Foundation. Advancing Roadmaps will disseminate and advance the knowledge and insights on student learning and engagement developed by the nineteen community colleges participating in AAC&U’s Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project. Beginning in September 2014 and through August 2016, Advancing Roadmaps will scale these strategies to support guided learning pathways potentially useful for all students and build national, regional, and state partnerships among organizations committed to improving student learning and success at two-year institutions, including Achieving the Dream, Inc. and Jobs for the Future.

Within Our Lifetime Network Seeks Partners for Work Combating Racial Bias

Within Our Lifetime Network Seeks Partners for Work Combating Racial Bias

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 09:00

The Within Our Lifetime Network is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about the impact of implicit racial bias and to encourage action to combat this impact. The campaign seeks to utilize the recent implicit bias research as a lens for fostering action to address persistent racial inequities in the institutions of American society. Within Our Lifetime seeks both institutional and individual partners to help raise awareness and build support for this work, including from colleges and universities. Within Our Lifetime will also host a webinar, "Beyond Bias: An Explicit Strategy Focused on Implicit Bias," on October 1, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. More information, including a list of government and nonprofit organizations that have endorsed the network's vision statement, is available online.

LEAP Presidents' Trust Members

LEAP Presidents' Trust Members Make Compelling Case for the Value and Power of Liberal Education

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 15:45

LEAP Presidents' Trust Members continue to make a compelling case for the value and power of liberal education across various national and local media outlets. College of Wooster President Grant Cornwell, for instance, answers the question “Is a (Liberal Arts) College Degree Still Worth It?” in his HuffPost College blog post, Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth makes the case in his NPR interview titled, “Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense of The Liberal Arts,” and St. John’s College President Christopher B. Nelsons’s, in his HuffPost College blog post gives “Advice to the College-Bound.”

Bobby Fong: Friend, Colleague, Leader, and Champion for Liberal Education

AAC&U Remembers Bobby Fong: Friend, Colleague, Leader, and Champion for Liberal Education

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 21:00

Marking his sudden passing on September 8th, AAC&U released a statement remembering Bobby Fong, former president of Ursinus College and former chair of AAC&U's board of directors, noting, in part, that Fong “remained at heart a dedicated and gifted teacher for whom the privilege of helping students learn was always the highest calling.

AAC&U Launches Redesigned Web Site

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 18:45

As you can see, AAC&U has completely redesigned its Web site. We welcome you to the new site and hope you are able to more easily navigate on the site to the many resources AAC&U offers to higher education.

New York Times

AAC&U Board Member James Grossman Addresses "The New History Wars" in The New York Times

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:45

AAC&U Board Member and Executive Director of the American Historical Association James Grossman writes about a new round of "History Wars" sparked by release of new AP standards. In his September 2 op-ed Grossman notes that, “The educators and historians who worked on the new history framework were right to emphasize historical thinking as an essential aspect of civic culture. Their efforts deserve a spirited debate, one that is always open to revision, rather than ill-informed assumptions or political partisanship." For more on evolving educational goals related to history, diversity, and democracy, see the recent new edition of The Drama of Diversity and Democracy and the report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future. See also an update on follow-up activities to this report.

This Week

AAC&U President Schneider Discusses Academic Silos in Undergraduate Education on Inside Higher Ed Podcast

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:30

AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider took part in an episode of "This Week," a podcast from Inside Higher Ed, which went live Friday, August 22. Schneider joined a panel discussion with Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik and Robert Townsend of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences about the academy's new report examining the different enrollment patterns of students majoring in humanities fields and those majoring in STEM fields. The panel discussed the role of general education, the persistence of disciplinary silos, and ways to encourage students to integrate their learning across science and the humanities. Schneider praised the STIRS scholars (part of AAC&U’s project on Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills) for developing problem-centered cross-disciplinary case studies that can be used in general education and in major programs. The podcast can be streamed or downloaded from the Inside Higher Ed website.

Kenneth P. Ruscio

Public and Private VA College Presidents Voice Skepticism About Obama Plan to Rate Colleges

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:30

Private and public college presidents, including the chair of AAC&U's Board, Kenneth P. Ruscio, President of Washington and Lee University, have signed a common letter, expressing "skepticism about President Obama's plan to rate colleges on measures of access and value and link those ratings to federal aid."

New Project to Engage Minority-Serving Institutions In Research about Impact of HIPs on Underserved Student Achievement

New Project to Engage Minority-Serving Institutions In Research about Impact of HIPs on Underserved Student Achievement

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:30

AAC&U has received a grant from TG Philanthropy to expand AAC&U’s ongoing work to make excellence inclusive and ensure that all college students—including, in particular, those attending minority-serving institutions—benefit from proven high-impact educational practices.

New American Colleges & Universities

Submit Nominations for the 2015 Ernest L. Boyer Award

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:30

The Ernest L. Boyer Award is given by the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U) every year to recognize an individual whose achievements in higher education exemplify Boyer's quest for connecting theory to practice and thought to action, in and out of the classroom. The winner will be announced at AAC&U's annual meeting in January 2015. Nominations are due by September 16, 2014.

AAC&U's Rebecca Dolinsky and Heather McCambly Co-Lead Webinar on LGBTQ Student Success

AAC&U's Rebecca Dolinsky and Heather McCambly Co-Lead Webinar on LGBTQ Student Success

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:30

AAC&U's Rebecca Dolinsky and Heather McCambly co-led an August 6 webinar "Understanding LGBTQ Student Success: A Toolkit for Expanding Campus Practice." Panelists will discuss literature on student success--which includes best practices for supporting first-generation, racial or ethnic minority, and low-income students—to identify ways to better serve LGBTQ students.

Higher Ed for Higher Standards

AAC&U Joins Multi-State Coalition in Support of Common Core Standards

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:00

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has joined Higher Education for Higher Standards to publicly advocate for the implementation of college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, in K-12 schools.


AAEEBL Invites Participation in 4th Annual E-Portfolio Survey

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:00

The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) is conducting its 4th Annual E-Portfolio survey. AAEEBL invites anyone associated with e-portfolio practice in higher education to contribute to this year's survey, which closes August 1.


68 Institutions in Nine States to Pilot New Approach to Learning Outcomes Assessment

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:00

AAC&U and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)announced the 68 institutions--including both 2-year and 4-year institutions--participating in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC).