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 students to succeed and make a difference in the 21st century.

Recent Press Releases

December 17, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) announced today the receipt of a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to sponsor public forums on “Citizenship Under Siege” in partnership with seven community colleges. This project builds on a previous NEH-funded project, Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking. That three-year curriculum and faculty development project engaged the same community colleges that will now participate in “Citizenship Under Siege.”

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December 2, 2015

Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), sent a strong message today to the accrediting community and to policy and higher education leaders urging more forceful and concerted action to ensure and report students’ achievement of the full set of the learning outcomes most important for success and flourishing in life, work, and citizenship. 

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November 16, 2015

AAC&U announces the release of the first of three planned reports highlighting findings from a national survey of AAC&U member chief academic officers (CAOs) conducted by Hart Research Associates. The initial report, “Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together: Institutional Priorities for Tracking and Advancing Underserved Students’ Success,” highlights findings from both the national survey and from structured interviews related to goal-setting and priorities for diversity, equity, and student success in both completing degrees and achieving key learning outcomes.

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November 12, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Michigan Association of State Universities announced today that Michigan is now a state partner in AAC&U’s national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). 

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November 3, 2015

Washington, DC—November 3, 2015—Supported by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is pleased to announce a new cohort of eight institutions joining The LEAP Challenge initiative.  The LEAP Challenge calls on educators to engage students in Signature Work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning to a significant project with meaning to the student and to society.

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November 6, 2015

On November 17th, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is sponsoring in New York City its final LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) Centennial Forum, “Bringing Quality and Equity Together: Mapping Guided Pathways for First Generation Student Success." The event is open to the media and will be held at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City.

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October 27, 2015

A group of higher education organizations today announced the creation of a new national designation program for colleges and universities that demonstrate excellence at self-assessment to drive internal improvement and further student success.  The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national initiative of its kind – will recognize institutions that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance. 

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October 15, 2015

The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) is pleased to announce the awarding of more than fifty grants in two categories for the 2015-2017 grant period. The new grants and institutional matches total over $250,000.

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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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