What's New

Registration Open: 2018 General Education and Assessment Conference

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 13:45

Register now to attend the meeting, "Foundations for Democracy," from February 15 to 17 in Philadelphia.

AAC&U Highlights Academic Departments Integrating Civic Learning in Majors

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:00

AAC&U has announced twenty-two departments from institutions across the country that are providing models for how to make civic learning and democratic engagement an expectation for all students who major in a given discipline.

New Publication: Models of Global Learning

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 15:45

AAC&U's new online publication, Models of Global Learning, provides a synopsis of major trends, discussions, and themes that emerge from efforts to support global learning in academic institutions.

Register Now for AAC&U's 2018 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:00

Register now to attend the meeting, "Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?" The Annual Meeting will be held January 24–27 in Washington, DC.

Join AAC&U and PKAL in Celebrating Active Learning Week

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 09:30

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite STEM faculty to join us in celebrating Active Learning Week from October 23–27 by integrating culturally responsive, active learning strategies in your classroom. Last year, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy introduced Active Learning Day as part of a nationwide effort to improve STEM higher education. Today, AAC&U’s Project Kaleidoscope and their STEM higher education partners are proud to extend the value and impact of this important work.

To join us, click here to take the pledge.

Active Learning Week is an opportunity for STEM faculty and administrators to join in a collective effort to raise STEM faculty awareness of active learning strategies, expand institutional capacity for STEM diversity and inclusion, and improve the undergraduate experience of all students in STEM. In addition, Active Learning Week will offer a program of webinars and hosted discussions that will serve to integrate and promote our collective work as change agents at the forefront of STEM higher education reform.

Lisa Wills Joins AAC&U as Senior Director for Undergraduate STEM Education

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 13:15

AAC&U is pleased to welcome Dr. Lisa Wills as Senior Director for Undergraduate STEM Education.

Statement on Faculty Harassment

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:15

AAC&U, AAUP, and AFT have called on campus leaders and governing boards to take a stand against the harassment of faculty that threatens free speech and academic freedom.             
"At a variety of institutions—public and private, large and small—individual members of the faculty have been singled out for campaigns of harassment in response to remarks they have made, or are alleged to have made, in public speeches, on social media, or in the classroom. . . . The threats are often accompanied by calls for college and university administrators to summarily dismiss or otherwise discipline the offending faculty member," the statement said. "We therefore call on college and university leaders and members of governing boards to reject outside pressures to remove or discipline faculty members whose ideas or commentary may be provocative or controversial and to denounce in forceful terms these campaigns of harassment."

AAC&U Responds to DACA Decision

AAC&U Responds to DACA Decision

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 13:15

We are disappointed by the Trump Administration’s decision to end the DACA program. AAC&U will continue to work with our member institutions to advocate for immigration policies and programs that ensure protections for approximately 800,000 individuals.

Support Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 11:45

As the new academic year begins, our thoughts are with our colleagues, students, and families affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding communities. AAC&U will continue to support colleges and universities in the region as they recover from this disaster.                  

AAC&U Supports Continuation of DACA Protections

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 13:45

AAC&U supports the continuation of protections for students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. “AAC&U stands alongside its 1,400 members in reaffirming an abiding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of our democratic culture and as the cornerstones of excellence in liberal education,” AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella said in a statement released in January. 

AAC&U strengthened this commitment by joining the American Council on Education and other higher education leaders in sending a letter to US President Donald Trump on August 28, 2017, urging him to “to continue your promise to support the Dreamers and preserve DACA while seeking a permanent solution, and allow these productive and high-achieving individuals to continue to work, study and contribute to our great country.” This was followed on August 30 by a letter to President Trump from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, AAC&U, and fifty national organizations.

Visit our Resources for Campus Leaders Crafting Messages in Response to Issues of Racial and Social Justice for more information about how campuses have taken action to champion these values. We invite member leaders to share their own statements by emailing Ross Berry at communications@aacu.org.

AAC&U Announces Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 09:45
The first ten TRHT Campus Centers will engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies for transformative change.

AAC&U President Pasquerella Responds to Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:00

In the aftermath of the horrific, heartbreaking events in Charlottesville, we must not be silent....We must harness our collective intellectual, social, and financial resources to transform words into action.  

Upcoming Webinar: "Global Learning—Beyond Study Abroad"

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:30

This webinar will offer proven frameworks, techniques, and strategies to create robust curricular and cocurricular global learning experiences.

Jacinta R. Saffold Joins AAC&U as Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 09:45

Jacinta will join AAC&U in September through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. She will be a member of AAC&U's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation project team.              

Prior to joining AAC&U, Jacinta was a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), where she examined how race—specifically for people of color in urban settings—influences cultural representation and access to social benefits in wider American society. Previously, Jacinta helped steer Howard University’s strategic undergraduate recruitment and retention plans as the assistant director of recruitment. She also taught courses on African American culture and women and gender studies at UMass, using interdisciplinary scholarship as a change agent inside and outside of the classroom.

Jacinta earned a PhD in African American studies from UMass, where she also completed a master of fine arts and humanities degree in African American studies and a certificate in women and gender studies. Prior to her studies at UMass, she earned a bachelor’s in educational studies at Emory University.

Submit Proposals for the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy Conference

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 15:45

Proposals are due August 25 for AAC&U’s 2018 Network conference, "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: The Inconvenient Truths," March 22–24 in San Diego.