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

April 13, 2012

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative (TDC) announced today the names of ten community colleges competitively chosen to take the lead in a new initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Selected institutions include:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)
City University of New York, Kingsborough Community College (NY)
County College of Morris (NJ)
Georgia Perimeter College (GA)
Kapi‘olani Community

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Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education announced today that Massachusetts is now a state partner in AAC&U's signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. 

"Massachusetts sought to become a LEAP partner state because the LEAP vision for learning and its approach to student learning outcomes assessment is so consistent with Massachusetts' ...Read more

February 12, 2012

Washington, DC—April 10, 2012—Thirteen national organizations announced today their participation in a new steering committee on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) that will coordinate and expand the impact of civic learning initiatives around the country.  This coordinated effort emerges from discussions among some 140 civic and educational leaders brought together during a year-long initiative sponsored by the Department of Education and coordinated by AAC&U and the Global Perspective Institute, Inc. (GPI).  This initiative...Read more

February 9, 2012

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) named seven new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Dr. Bobby Fong, President of Ursinus College, became the chair of the board, taking over from Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, President of Keene State College. Giles-Gee will continue to serve on the AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. Dr. Bobby Fong became the fifteenth president of Ursinus College in 2011, after serving for ten years as the President of Butler University.

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Washington, DC––The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today 16 colleges, community colleges, and universities chosen to participate in its new project supported with funding from the Lumina Foundation and designed to advance systemic change in eight higher education state systems.  Institutions chosen to participate in The Quality Collaboratives (QC) Initiative will test ways to assure that students can demonstrate achievement of essential competencies across all areas and levels of learning, regardless of where they begin or end their educational...Read more

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award: Why Choose the Liberal Arts?, published in 2010 by the University of Notre Dame Press.Read more

Washington, DC2,000 educational leaders from around the country—presidents, provosts, deans, and faculty members—gathered in Washington, DC, in late January for AAC&U's Annual Meeting, January 25-28, 2012. Building on the discussions already begun at the White House Convening on January 10, participants discussed how colleges and universities can implement recommendations from the newly released report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future. Developed by the...Read more

Washington, DC––Project Kaleidoscope and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today a new initiative to develop a comprehensive institutional STEM Effectiveness Framework to help campus leaders translate national recommendations for raising STEM achievement into scalable and sustainable actions that improve STEM learning and success for all students. Funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, the project will engage up to twelve colleges and universities in California to test evidence-based strategies that...Read more

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2012 AAC&U Annual Meeting—Shared Futures, Difficult Choices: Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning, Global Engagement, and Success


January 25-28, 2012


Grand Hyatt Hotel
1000 H Street, NW

Washington, DC–-The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2012 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 award is named in honor of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley.

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