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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.

Recent Press Releases

September 13, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today released a new research brief comparing public and employer views about the return on investment in college education, finding that while nearly nine in ten employers believe a college degree is worth the personal investment, only a modest majority (60%) of all Americans agree.

Is College Worth the Time and the Money? It Depends on...Read more

August 16, 2021

Addressing Financial Constraints Is the Top Challenge for Three in Four Institutions; Student Retention and Completion as well as Campus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are the Top Strategic Priorities for a Clear Majority

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today released Campus Challenges and Strategic Priorities in a Time of Change: A National Survey of Campus Stakeholders, a new report...Read more

August 12, 2021

Funding from the Davis Educational Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Will Support OER Projects to Enhance Integrative Learning and Strengthen Alignment with Campus Goals for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received funding in the total amount of $522,757 to expand its efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of open educational resources (OER) as a strategy for improving educational quality and equity and supporting...Read more

July 29, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the sixty-six institutions selected to participate in its 2021–22 Institute on Open Educational Resources (OER). This new yearlong institute is designed to support educators in launching, expanding, or hastening campus adoption of free and affordable instructional materials. The inaugural institute began with a two-day virtual kickoff event on July 26–27, 2021, and will conclude with a capstone closing event on...Read more

July 27, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, is featured in its multimedia blog series “Next-Gen Assessment,” which provides a platform for discussion of timely topics, best practices, and new approaches to emerging challenges related to the assessment of student learning in undergraduate education. Each blog post in the series is complemented by a moderated video discussion featuring assessment specialists, educators, and other higher education leaders.

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June 15, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a grant of $210,000 from Lumina Foundation to support the synthesis and development of national research on the role of higher education in fostering students’ civic skill-building through community-based engagement and other high-impact practices.

More than ever, initiatives undertaken to strengthen higher education as a public good must be driven by evidence,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “AAC&U is grateful to Lumina Foundation...Read more

June 8, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the ten institutions selected to participate in its Institute on Reframing Institutional Transformation to Include Non-Tenure-Track STEM Faculty. Funded by the National Science Foundation and developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of Southern California, this new AAC&U Institute is aimed at transforming institutions in ways that will address the unique needs of our nation’s non-tenure track STEM faculty. The Institute will be held will be held virtually on July 27–30...Read more

May 24, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the sixty-one institutions selected to participate in its 2021 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The Institute is designed to advance campus- and system-level efforts to achieve quality, equity, and student engagement goals through the design, implementation, and assessment of active teaching and learning practices widely known as “high-impact practices,” or HIPs. The

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May 19, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today announced a new partnership with OneHE to make sustainable faculty development available at scale. This partnership will enable AAC&U member colleges, universities, and systems to provide their faculty with equitable access to professional development for enhancing teaching and learning as well as to a global community of educators.

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May 18, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the seventy-eight higher education institutions elected to participate in its 2021 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. Fourteen of the participating institutions serve as host sites for existing TRHT Campus Centers; an additional sixty institutions and four to-be-selected Texas-based institutions will send teams

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