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

February 8, 2021

Washington, DC—At the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, five new directors and new officers were elected to the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ board of directors. Lenore Rodicio, senior fellow at the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, will serve as chair of the board. William J. Craft, president of Concordia College, will serve as past chair. The members also voted to elect Mary Dana Hinton, president of Hollins University, as vice chair of the board, and David Wilson, president of Morgan State...Read more

February 1, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that twelve institutions representing fifteen teams from around the world are participating in the inaugural Institute on ePortfolios. This institute provides a year-long engagement opportunity for campuses and teams seeking to actualize an ambitious strategy to broaden student and faculty/staff engagement with ePortfolios. One team from each of the eleven institutions is participating in the institute...Read more

January 25, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the education technology company Cengage have announced thirteen recipients of the AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes college and university presidents whose outstanding leadership to advance liberal education has resulted in reduced equity gaps, improved inclusion and belonging for minoritized students, and reformed hiring practices to promote greater diversity....Read more

December 18, 2020

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2021 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 and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning. The awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley.

The 2021 recipients are:...Read more

November 30, 2020

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced Unite for Truth, a campaign to raise funds for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. In conjunction with Giving Tuesday, the campaign goal is to reach $250,000 in pledges by December 1. The fundraising campaign will support the TRHT Campus Centers’ goal to establish 150 self-sustaining, community-integrated centers. Donors are invited to support this important work by visiting ...Read more

October 29, 2020

Washington, DC—October 29, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announces the winner of its annual Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Cost of Upward Mobility, published by Princeton University Press. The annual Ness Award recognizes the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. The award will be formally presented to the book’s author, Jennifer M. Morton, at the AAC&U Virtual Annual Meeting on January 21, 2021. Morton is an associate...Read more

October 13, 2020

Washington, DC—October 13, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that it has received a grant of $1,249,400 from Ascendium Education Group to support membership and event participation for institutions that serve a large number of students with high financial need. The grant is intended to help sustain momentum on important student success reforms, support programming that is responsive to the post-pandemic world, and help prevent equity gaps from widening as a result of the crisis.

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August 25, 2020

Washington, DC—August 25, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the College System of Tennessee announced today that Tennessee is now a state partner in the AAC&U LEAP States Initiative.

Through the LEAP States Initiative, educators in states, state systems, and consortia collaborate in support of transformational change and...Read more

August 12, 2020
Washington, DC—August 12, 2020—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Lorenzo Esters as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement, effective August 17. In this role, he will help promote the mission of AAC&U by leading strategic advancement and membership growth and development.
Lorenzo’s professional experience has centered on increasing philanthropic and institutional capacity to support student access, retention, and completion efforts—particularly for low-income
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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