What's New

AAC&U Endorses AAUP Statement in Defense of Knowledge and Higher Education

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 11:15

AAC&U has formally endorsed a statement by the American Association of University Professors that argues for the importance of expert knowledge and the higher education institutions that produce and transmit it. Addressing an ongoing movement to attack the disciplines and higher education institutions, the statement defends the critical role these institutions perform in producing the knowledge that sustains American democracy, especially in this moment of intense global instability.

Pre–Annual Meeting Forum on Global Development

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 12:30

Kick off AAC&U’s Annual Meeting on January 22 with a Pre-Meeting Forum on “Global Economic Development and Higher Education.” Craig Calhoun, university professor of social sciences at Arizona State University and former president of the London School of Economics, will deliver the forum's keynote on “The Future of Higher Education in the Current Global Economic Context.”

AAC&U President Joins Heterodox Academy Advisory Council

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:15

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella has joined the Heterodox Academy Advisory Council, a group of higher education leaders and public intellectuals who will help guide work to enhance the quality and impact of research—and improve education—by promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in higher education.


New Issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP)

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 11:30

A new issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP), a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal, is now available online. This issue features case studies and perspectives on the teaching, assessment, and implementation of ePortfolios in higher education.

Holiday Message from AAC&U

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:30

On behalf of the AAC&U staff, President Lynn Pasquerella released a video message reflecting on the past year and wishing the AAC&U community a happy holiday season. 

AAC&U Supports FUTURE Act Funding HBCUs and MSIs

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 19:00

AAC&U joined ACE and other higher education organizations in a letter to Congress supporting the FUTURE Act, which would permanently fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions. It would also simplify FAFSA and loan repayment paperwork. The legislation has passed both the Senate and House.


Apply Now for AAC&U’s 2020 Summer Institutes

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:00

AAC&U offers a series of summer institutes designed to help campus teams advance ongoing change initiatives at their home institutions, along with institutes designed specifically for STEM faculty and administrators who seek to transform undergraduate STEM education and to build capacity for cultural responsiveness. Applications are now open for the 2020 Summer Institutes.

Webinar on "STEM Matters: The Formula for Driving Innovation"

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 15:15

This webinar will bring together key institutional leaders, funding agency officers, and professional society representatives for an open and frank discussion of the structural and systemic barriers to quality and equity in undergraduate STEM education. Free for all who wish to participate, it will be held December 11 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Apply Now: Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 14:30

Campus teams interested in developing faculty-engaged, evidence-based, and sustainable models to advance quality and equity in student learning outcomes are invited to apply by February 20 for AAC&U's Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The institute will be held June 2–5 in Atlanta.

New Publication from AAC&U and NILOA

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 16:00

A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment of High-Impact Practices, written by Ashley Finley and co-released with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), outlines a process of effectively assessing high-impact practices—such as learning communities, capstones, undergraduate research, and community-based experiences—at your institution.

Webinar on “Fostering Civic Consciousness through Creativity-Based Pedagogy”

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 15:30

This webinar will highlight exemplary pedagogies for fostering civic consciousness and present strategies for applying them across disciplinary boundaries. Free for AAC&U members, it will be held November 14 at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

2020 Ness Book Award Winner: “Jim Crow Campus”

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:30

AAC&U has announced the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Jim Crow Campus: Higher Education and the Struggle for a New Southern Social Order. The annual award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, will be presented to author Joy Ann Williamson-Lott at AAC&U’s annual meeting.

White House Event to Address the Opioid Crisis on College Campuses

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:30

On November 13, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will convene a meeting of college presidents, nonprofits, and leading higher education associations (including AAC&U) to call attention to opioid overdoses on college campuses and discuss how university administrators can ensure the safety of their students. Email sarmed.rashid@ondcp.eop.gov if you have questions or are interested in attending.

Webinar: Reviewing the Results from AAC&U’s VALUE Initiative

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 15:00

On October 30, AAC&U will host a webinar discussion on “The Emerging Landscape of Learning: A Review of Five Years of AAC&U’s VALUE Initiative.” Free for AAC&U members, this webinar will showcase results generated by the national—now multinational—Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative, and presenters will help participants think through its methodological, pedagogical, and practical implications.

Registration Open for 2019–20 VALUE Institute

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:00

Register now for the VALUE Institute, higher education's leading source for direct evidence of student learning. The VALUE Institute provides institutions, departments, programs, states, consortia, and other providers with external validation of institutional assessment of learning outcomes.