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

May 19, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) announced today that Washington is now a state partner in AAC&U’s Centennial Campus Action, Advocacy, and Research Initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College.  

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May 5, 2015

Washington, DC—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 2015 summer institutes for teams. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes.

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April 30, 2015

Washington, DC—In a statement submitted to the Senate HELP Committee in response to its call for comments, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider urged members of the committee as it considers possible changes to accreditation to “prioritize first and foremost the goal of ensuring that all college students participate in high-quality programs that are well-designed to advance a set of essential learning outcomes…and that accredited institutions make visible their commitment to these learning...Read more

April 15, 2015

Washington, DC—At a forum co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today two publications as part of its Centennial Year exploration of equity and inclusive excellence.

In announcing the association’s Centennial Year focus, AAC&U’s President Carol Geary Schneider noted that, “AAC&U’s approach to inclusive excellence encompasses not...Read more

April 8, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor a forum on April 15th as part of AAC&U’s Centennial Year exploration of on equity and inclusive excellence in higher education.

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February 3, 2015

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) named six new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Dr. Edward J. Ray, President of Oregon State University, became Chair of the Board, taking over from Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio, President of Washington and Lee University. Ruscio will continue to serve on AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. In addition to the appointment of Edward J. Ray, AAC&U members voted to appoint James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History...Read more

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

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