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Recent Press Releases

October 7, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the selection of 19 institutions to host new Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers, bringing the total number of centers across the United States to 48.

“We look forward to partnering with these pathbreaking institutions in their efforts to promote racial equity and healing on their campuses and in their communities,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “We’re grateful to our funders for their commitment...Read more

October 6, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the eighteen colleges and universities selected to participate in Advancing Evidence on Civic and Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education, a new project designed to develop national baselines for student performance on civic outcomes. Reflective of AAC&U’s diverse institutional membership, project participants include two- and four-year institutions, both public and private. The project is supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation.

“We are thrilled by the strong response to...Read more

September 30, 2021

September 30, 2021—Washington, D.C.— The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Center for University Excellence at American University (AU CUE) today released a new report, Academic Year 2021–2022: Are College Campuses Ready?,that explores preparation by US colleges and universities to support their students as they return to in-person learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic and rising national polarization. Based on a national survey of 140 senior college and...Read more

September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021—Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has joined with Complete College America, College Promise, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association to form Civic Learning and Democracy Engagement (CLDE), a new coalition of higher education and student success organizations committed to ensuring that civic learning is both expected and experienced equitably across postsecondary education in the United States.

The founding CLDE commitment is described in a statement titled “...Read more

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.

In a...Read more

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

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