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

August 3, 2020
Washington, DC—August 3, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today released “Responding to the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis and to Calls for Racial Justice: A Survey of College and University Presidents,” a new report on how college and university presidents are currently planning to address both the financial fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the campus implications of the national protest...Read more
July 2, 2020
Washington, DC—July 2, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today released the first report from its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers effort. Titled We Hold These Truths: Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Building Equitable Communities, the report documents the innovative work now underway at ten trailblazing colleges and universities to address the historical and contemporary effects of racism—on our campuses, in our communities, and for our nation. In partnership with AAC&U, these...Read more
June 15, 2020

Washington, DC—June 15, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a grant of $370,499 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to extend seven pilot faculty development programs. Intended to increase student achievement of higher-order learning outcomes, the programs are focused on improving the effectiveness of course assignments. The grant will also support the creation of a new tool for assessing the quality of assignments’ alignment with expected learning outcomes, along with an accompanying examination of variations in...Read more

May 4, 2020

Washington, DC—May 4, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today released a new vision of excellence in undergraduate education. Titled What Liberal Education Looks Like: What It Is, Who It’s For, and Where It Happens, the vision clearly describes the learning all students need for success in an uncertain future and for addressing the compelling issues we face as a democracy and as a global community—regardless of where they study, what they major in, or...Read more

February 12, 2020

Washington, DC—At the recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) elected three new directors and selected new officers to serve on its board of directors. William Craft, President of Concordia College, was appointed chair of the board. Carol Leary, President of Bay Path University, will continue to serve on AAC&U’s board as past chair. The members also voted to appoint Lenore Rodicio, Executive Vice President and Provost of Miami Dade College,...Read more

January 16, 2020

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the selection of thirteen institutions to host Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. An initial cohort of ten institutions was selected by AAC&U in 2017.

“AAC&U is thrilled to partner with these outstanding institutions on our way to establishing 150 centers across the country to ensure that higher education is playing a leadership role in promoting racial and...Read more

January 13, 2020

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2020 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 awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of...Read more

January 6, 2020

EVENT:   AAC&U Annual Meeting
                Shaping the Future of Higher Education:
                An Invitation to Lead

WHEN:   January 22–25, 2020
WHERE: Marriott Marquis

AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, “Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead,” will highlight innovative campus practices and programs that demonstrate why liberal education is essential for students’ future employability and for democratic vitality. Featuring a broad array of...Read more

October 31, 2019

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) today announced the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Jim Crow Campus: Higher Education and the Struggle for a New Southern Social Order (Teachers College Press). The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. The 2020 Ness Award will be formally presented to the author, Joy Ann Williamson-Lott, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting on January 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. Joy Ann Williamson-Lott is...Read more

August 6, 2019

Washington, DC—In 2016, the Association of American Colleges and Universities embarked on a partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in support of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise. TRHT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process designed to catalyze transformational and sustainable change aimed at addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

Grounded in a vision of what America will look like once our belief in a hierarchy of human value has been jettisoned, the five pillars of the TRHT framework—narrative change,...Read more