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

September 29, 2015

The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) will present its sixth annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to Cathy N. Davidson, a leading interdisciplinary and technology scholar, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting Opening Night Forum on Wednesday evening, January 20, 2016, where Davidson will deliver the Boyer Award Lecture. The Ernest L. Boyer Award pays tribute to Boyer’s legacy by honoring others who are making significant contributions to American higher education. 

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September 28, 2015

AAC&U announces the appointment of Dr. Octavia Tripp as a Senior Scholar in Residence in AAC&U’s Office of Undergraduate STEM Education for the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Tripp is an Associate Professor of Elementary Education, Curriculum, and Teaching at Auburn University with more than 20 years of experience in preparing undergraduate and graduate students for careers in elementary education, delivering online instruction to pre-service teachers, and teaching in elementary and middle schools.

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September 24, 2015

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Association launched in 2011 the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC).  In its pilot year, the project initially engaged faculty in 59 institutions in nine participating states.

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September 8, 2015

AAC&U and the Core Curriculum Program at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, announced today that Qatar University is an AAC&U partner institution. More information about the Core Curriculum Program can be found here: Information about the partnership can be found online here:

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August 26, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 12 institutions participating in a new “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Successinitiative funded by USA Funds. The initiative is designed to enhance student success and academic achievement, especially among underserved populations of low-income, first-generation and minority students, as well as adult learners. 

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August 6, 2015

AAC&U announced the appointment of Dr. Kate McConnell as the new Senior Director for Research and Assessment.  McConnell will begin this position on Monday, August 31, after serving in several capacities at Virginia Tech, including most recently as its inaugural Director of Assessment in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  Prior to her work at Virginia Tech, she served as the Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Stonehill College.  

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July 28, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is pleased to announce the first cohort of Faculty Fellows.  Faculty Fellows will collaborate with colleagues across state systems and collaboratives in five states: California, Indiana, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.  They will share best practices for general education and lead faculty development activities to advance student achievement of key proficiencies—including those articulated in AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative and in the Degree Qualifications Profile developed by Lumina Foundation and formally released in its first edition in 2014—that are important for post-graduation success and well-being.

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July 1, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 100 STEM faculty leaders from 76 institutions of higher education who have been selected to participate in the 2015 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes. This marks the seventeenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes. The institutes will be held July 14-19 and July 21-26 at The Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland, and July 25-30 at The Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado.

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June 30, 2015

Washington, DC—At a recent convening in Arlington, Virginia, teams of faculty and academic administrators from eight colleges and universities gathered to begin work on advancing the goals of AAC&U’s recently-launched LEAP Challenge.

Announced as part of its Centennial Annual Meeting and marking the tenth year of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, The LEAP Challenge is the next phase of LEAP.  It will entail multiple strands of work all designed to reposition inquiry-based, interest-driven...Read more

June 10, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Dr. Kathy J. Wolfe as the new Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons. Wolfe will begin this position on August 3, 2015, transitioning from her role as an AAC&U Senior Fellow. Dr. Wolfe has come to AAC&U from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she served for four years as the Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Wolfe joined AAC&U’s leadership team during the association’s...Read more