What's New

Apply Now: Virtual Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 13:15

Apply by May 30 for AAC&U's Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work. With its full curriculum delivered online, the institute will support campus teams seeking to improve and integrate student learning across the curriculum and cocurriculum. The transition to a virtual experience has resulted in additional capacity and a substantial reduction in registration fees.

Webinar on How Hope and Resilience Can Shape Teaching and Learning

Monday, May 11, 2020 - 13:00

Join us for a virtual “happy hour” conversation, “Let’s Start with ‘How Are You Doing?’: How Resilience and Hope Can Shape a New Normal for Learning and Teaching,” May 15 at 2 p.m. (ET). The conversation will explore the challenges and opportunities to support students’ and faculty members’ social-emotional learning and psychosocial needs in this time of disruption.

Higher Education Groups Highlight Importance of International Students

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 13:15

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and sixty-one other associations in offering assistance to the departments of Labor, Homeland Security, and State in the review of nonimmigrant programs mandated by a recent executive order on immigration. The associations outlined the role international students play in the US economy, their contributions to education and research, and some of the issues these students and colleges and universities will likely face in the fall.

AAC&U Releases New Vision of Educational Excellence

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 16:45

In this video message, President Lynn Pasquerella announced AAC&U's new vision of educational excellence that is grounded in equity and inclusion. The vision statement, What Liberal Education Looks Like: What It Is, Who It’s For, and Where It Happens, 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.

Lynn Pasquerella Delivers Concordia College’s Virtual Commencement Address

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 13:30

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella delivered the commencement address to students of Concordia College during their virtual commencement on Sunday, May 3. “At times, I’m sure it seems there’s no way forward. Yet for me, even on the darkest days, I feel nothing but a sense of optimism precisely because of a promise of a future shaped by Concordia graduates,” Pasquerella said.


AAC&U Releases New Vision for Liberal Education

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 12:30

AAC&U is excited to launch a new vision of educational excellence grounded in equity and inclusion. What Liberal Education Looks Like: What It Is, Who It’s For, and Where It Happens clearly describes the learning all students need for success in an uncertain future. Download the vision for free here.

Webinar on COVID-19 and Legal Considerations for Campuses

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 11:45

This free webinar, to be held May 5 at noon (ET), brings together campus presidents and legal experts to discuss a range of pressing legal matters facing higher education institutions. Moderated by AAC&U president, Lynn Pasquerella, panelists will engage in a virtual round table discussion of what they are seeing, how they are responding, and considerations for campus action.

Webinar on “Shaping Teaching and Learning to Address a Global Health Crisis”

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 14:30

As higher education has moved online, how have faculty delivered courses that emphasize field-based and experiential learning? This free webinar, to be held May 1 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), will explore emerging models from the field of global health, where students are expected to address public health challenges through community-based learning experiences—even during a global health pandemic.

Higher Education Groups Ask Congress to Ensure Emergency Student Aid Is Not Taxed

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:30

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and forty-one other higher education groups in calling on Congress to ensure that emergency student financial aid grants authorized by the CARES Act are not taxed.

Webinar on “Democracy Despite Disruption: Improving Student Voter Engagement through Pedagogy”

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 14:15

Join us for this free “Faculty Friday” webinar conversation on how faculty can connect voter engagement to their work with students—even in this time of disruption. The webinar will be held April 24 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Higher Education Associations Advocate for Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 18:45

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and thirty other higher education associations in asking Congress to provide relief to the 13.7 million students borrowing to finance their college education and to the 44 million borrowers already in repayment. Loan relief offers important short- and long-term benefits, both to individuals and the overall economy, and should be targeted to help borrowers who face the greatest difficulty repaying loans.

Free Webinar on “Thinking Boldly about Scarce Resources”

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 17:45

How can college and university leaders concerned about institutional sustainability, or even survival, anticipate the fiscal implications of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis? Join AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella and a virtual roundtable of presidents and national experts on April 21 at 3 p.m. (ET) to explore how institutions can determine the right balance between crisis management and strategic investment.

Higher Education Organizations Ask Congress for Aid for Students and Institutions

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:00

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations in sending letters to the House and Senate asking Congress to include $46.6 billion in emergency aid for students and institutions in next COVID-19 supplemental package, as well as tax policy changes.

Higher Ed Organizations Ask Governors to Provide Licensing Reciprocity for Health Care Workers

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 18:30

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and more than sixty other organizations in asking governors to take immediate action to ensure their states provide reciprocity in licensing health care and mental health care professionals. This step is crucial to enable medical professionals to practice across state lines to remotely support students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Survey of College Presidents on Future Repercussions of Coronavirus

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 14:45

In this new survey from AAC&U and ABC Insights, members of AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust detail their perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions they anticipate taking to mitigate its impacts. A majority of college and university presidents anticipate reengineering operations, providing student refunds, cutting costs, freezing hiring, implementing furloughs, or laying off staff.