Press Room

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

January 22, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) opened its Centennial Annual Meeting looking to the future. 

Marking its 100th year of leadership for liberal education and ten years of educational reform and advocacy through its groundbreaking national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), AAC&U today launched the next phase of LEAP with a bold national challenge to higher education to prepare all college...Read more

January 21, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will begin its Centennial year with a forum on “America’s Global Future: Are College Students Prepared?”  This first in a planned series of Centennial Symposia will bring 600 college leaders—including presidents, provosts, deans, trustees and board members, and employer partners—to Washington, DC.  At the event, AAC&U will preview new data about the increasingly globalized workplace and its implications for college...Read more

January 20, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today a report by Hart Research Associates, “Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success.” The report summarizes selected findings from two different national surveys—one of business and nonprofit leaders and another of current college students.  Consistent with findings from 5 earlier surveys commissioned by AAC&U as part of its ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative, employers...Read more

January 15, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2015 recipients of the annual K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and in others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. The award is named in honor of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of...Read more

January 8, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities will mark 100 years of leadership for liberal education at its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC to be held from January 21–24. At a time when the higher education debate has become intensely instrumental and focused on wages and debt loads of college graduates, AAC&U is taking a bold stand that all students need both liberal and applied learning and that higher education needs to raise its game in preparing students for the jobs of the future.

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October 23, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the seven minority-serving institutions chosen for the project, Advancing Underserved Student Success Through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning.  The project is funded by a grant from TG Philanthropy to expand AAC&U’s ongoing work to make excellence inclusive and ensure that all college students benefit from quality high-impact educational practices and meaningful assessment of students’ demonstrated...Read more

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

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