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AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. AAC&U is an excellent source of information on undergraduate curricular change, how colleges are changing to meet the needs of the new global economy, general education reform, student learning outcomes assessment, diversity and equity in higher education, and global issues in higher education.

AAC&U champions a contemporary vision of liberal education and sponsors a campaign called Liberal Education and America's Promise to expand public and student understanding of what really matters in college—the kinds of learning that will truly empower them to succeed and make a difference in the 21st century.

Recent Press Releases

October 9, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the launch of a new project supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation. This project will create a multi-state sustainable network of resource and innovation hubs and a national learning community of faculty fellows working to advance student success through large-scale student learning initiatives.  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...Read more

October 1, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the launch of a new project, Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success. This project is supported by a grant from The Kresge Foundation.  Advancing Roadmaps will disseminate and advance the knowledge and insights from AAC&U’s continuing work with nineteen community colleges participating in the Developing a Community College Student Roadmap...Read more

August 4, 2014

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it 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. Part of AAC&U’s ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, the project will examine the degree to which greater faculty intentionality in clearly articulating expectations for student learning and implementing more problem-centered instructional strategies can help to deepen student learning and increase student success.

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July 16, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recently announced that it has joined Higher Education for Higher Standards to publicly advocate for effective implementation of college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, in our K-12 schools. This collaboration is a broad-based effort to mobilize college leaders to actively participate in debates about the standards that are increasingly playing out in state capitals and in the media. The goal of the...Read more

June 23, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) announced today the 68 institutions—including both 2-year and 4-year institutions—participating in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC) supported in its initial planning year with funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nine states currently participating in the MSC include: Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah. See:...Read more

June 19, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 20 institutions selected for the AAC&U initiative called TIDES—Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM. The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities for these campuses to develop models for broader institutional change for the advancement of evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM fields (science, technology,...Read more

June 4, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 60 STEM faculty leaders from 52 institutions of higher education who have been selected to participate in the 2014 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes. This marks the sixteenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes. The institutes will be held July 18-23 at Pendle Hill, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and July 25-30 at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado.

PKAL's five-day intensive institutes are...Read more

June 3, 2014

Washington, DC—The board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today a statement, "Taking the Lead on Evidence."

Building on earlier public statements concerning increased calls for accountability and transparency in higher education—including those related to  President Obama's proposed new Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System—AAC&U's board "strongly encourages higher education's support of significant, association-led efforts that are working proactively to...Read more

May 6, 2014

Washington, DC—May 6, 2014—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the colleges, community colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its three regularly scheduled 2014 summer institutes for teams. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (June 3–7, 2014); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (June 17–21, 2014); and the...Read more

February 25, 2014

Washington, DC—February 25, 2014—Three working groups and a newly formed Quality Assurance Group began charting a twenty-first century course for general education and its assessment at a meeting in Washington, DC on February 10-11, 2014.  The Working and Quality Assurance Groups appointed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) are collaborating as part of an initiative called GEMs (General Education Maps and Markers) launched with initial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November, 2013...Read more

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