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

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

February 13, 2014

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

February 11, 2014

Washington, DC—AAC&U’s Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills (STIRS) Initiative was launched in 2012 to develop the tools to improve the capacity of undergraduate students to use evidence to solve problems and make decisions. Such capacities are foundational to liberal education and are critical for all students in all areas of study—including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

In the first phase of the Initiative, AAC&U has named thirteen STIRS Scholars—competitively...Read more

January 30, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and LEAP Texas announced today that Texas has become an official consortial partner in AAC&U's signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. By January 2014, LEAP Texas was over 60 institutions strong as a voluntary coalition of higher education institutions in Texas.

The LEAP Texas coalition has a common purpose and is committed to the fundamental principles of the...Read more

January 23, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, published in 2012 by Jossey-Bass.

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January 22, 2014

Washington, DC—January 22, 2014—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) released today a new report on earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with different undergraduate majors.  In How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment, authors Debra Humphreys and Patrick Kelly analyze data from the 2010-11 US Census Bureau's American Community Survey and...Read more

January 9, 2014

Washington, DC—January 9, 2014—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2014 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...Read more

December 10, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a $4.9 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the launch of a new initiative called TIDES—Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM. The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities on at least fourteen competitively selected campuses and develop models for broader institutional change to advance evidence-based and culturally...Read more

November 14, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the organization a $2,305,000 grant to support initial work on two initiatives designed to significantly improve the quality of undergraduate education and increase student success.

AAC&U will launch on December 1, 2013 two far-reaching educational change efforts—GEMs (General Education Maps and Markers) and VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in...Read more

November 8, 2013

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education announced today that Indiana has become a state partner in AAC&U’s signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. This announcement follows a formal vote by the Indiana Commission to pass a resolution in support of Indiana becoming a LEAP state.

In its resolution, the Commission noted that becoming an official LEAP state partner is part of its...Read more

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