Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers

Through its Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, AAC&U works to advance integrative global learning through embedded community-based settings of all types, local and international. This work is intended to align multiple areas of campus programming, both academic and cocurricular, to realize more wholly integrated campus initiatives that prepare students for life, work, and citizenship.



The Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education initiative, a partnership between AAC&U and Interfaith Youth Core, is focused on helping colleges and universities make interfaith cooperation an institutional priority and establish models for curricular and cocurricular experiences that enable students to navigate across deep differences in religious belief and worldview. Through the development of a series of institutes, workshops, and other resources, the initiative seeks to enhance institutional efforts to broaden, deepen, and strengthen commitments to interfaith teaching and learning.

The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network advances the recommendations made in A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, the 2012 report of the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. Participating organizations promote civic learning through coordinated strategies and aim to keep the national civic engagement agenda visible through events, publications, research, and joint projects. The CLDE Action Network currently comprises twelve organizations.

Based on the premise that educating students to be responsible, informed, and engaged citizens should be an expected goal of every major, this initiative focuses on the department as a unit of change and the major across all disciplines as a site for deepening students’ knowledge, skills, values, and agency about social responsibility and the public good.

Through its involvement in the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy, AAC&U collaborates with the Council of Europe to highlight and advance the contributions of higher education to democracy on college and university campuses, their local communities, and the wider society.

Through the creation and organization of publications, presentations, and resources to help faculty develop public health curricula in all colleges and universities, the Educated Citizen and Public Health Initiative sets the stage for the integration of public health perspectives within a comprehensive liberal education framework.

Featured Publications


The Educated Citizen and Public Health electronic mailing list is hosted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The listserv is designed to promote communication among educators and administrators who are active in the emerging interdisciplinary field of public health study for undergraduates, with a particular emphasis on liberal education.
Examples of guiding definitions of “global learning” from AAC&U member institutions seeking to be more intentional about global learning.
Examples from AAC&U member institutions whose global learning outcomes identify what a global learner can do.
VALUE rubrics are intended for institutional-level use in evaluating and discussing student learning, not for grading. The core expectations articulated in all sixteen of the VALUE rubrics can and should be translated into the language of individual campuses, disciplines, and even courses.
Examples from AAC&U member institutions that have created broad learning outcomes for all students that include a global focus.

Webinars On-Demand

Video recordings of the following webinars are available for AAC&U members to watch on-demand:

Campus Models and Case Studies

A Spectacular Failure or Something Truly Remarkable: Project-Based Creative Inquiry at Lehigh University

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Bethlehem Steel Corporation was an industrial behemoth, at one point the second-largest steel manufacturer in the United States. A hundred years later,... Read More

Voting 101: Interdisciplinary Engagement in the COVID-19 Election

On many college campuses, election engagement initiatives look pretty similar: a few people holding clipboards or sitting behind a table, hoping that students walk up and register to vote. Since the... Read More

Interfaith Leadership and Cooperation in Higher Education

In the last few years, many colleges and universities have seen their campuses and nearby communities become increasingly divided over issues of globalization, diversity, and religious identity. To... Read More

General Education and Global Citizenship at Webster University

Like many first-year university students, Katie Fields cared little about general education requirements. “I just wanted to focus on my business courses as soon as I could,” she said. “I thought it... Read More

From Learning Communities to Capstones: Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning

In September 2018, faculty and administrators from seven institutions gathered at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, to share the work they continued in the years since they all participated... Read More