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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.

AAC&U champions a contemporary vision of liberal education and sponsors a campaign called Liberal Education and America's Promise to expand public and student understanding of what really matters in college—the kinds of learning that will truly empower students to succeed and make a difference in the 21st century.

Recent Press Releases

February 14, 2019

Washington, DC— At its recent 2019 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, the members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) elected two new directors and selected a slate of new officers to serve on its board of directors. Carol Leary, President of Bay Path University, was appointed chair of the board. Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College, will continue to serve on AAC&U’s board as past chair. The members also voted to appoint William Craft, President, Concordia College, as vice chair of the...Read more

February 13, 2019


Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today a new two-year project, Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students Are Learning, to build institutional capacity and strengthen student learning at community colleges with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ascendium Education Group.   

“Ensuring that educational...Read more

January 15, 2019

Washington, DC—To mark the third annual National Day of Racial Healing on January 22, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) calls on colleges and universities across the country to engage in activities, events, or strategies that promote healing and foster engagement around the issues of racism, bias, inequity, and injustice in our society. The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people and organizations to come together in their common humanity and take collective...Read more

January 7, 2019

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today the 2019 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 4, 2019

EVENT:       AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting
                   “Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the
                   Value of Higher Education”

WHEN:       January 23–26, 2019
WHERE:     Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will hold its Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, from January 23–26, 2019.

AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting, “Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education,” will highlight the...Read more

October 25, 2018

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research (IUCPR) today announced the opening of registration for the 2018-2019 VALUE Institute. The VALUE Institute is a resource for colleges and universities to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student learning and success.Read more

October 2, 2018

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announces the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, published by Basic Books. The Ness Award recognizes the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. The Ness award will be formally presented to the author, Cathy N. Davidson, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting on January 24, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.Read more

August 28, 2018

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released today a report by Hart Research Associates, “Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work.” The report summarizes selected findings from two parallel national surveys—one of business executives and one of hiring managers. On August 28, AAC&U will deliver a webinar describing the report results and their implications for higher education. Consistent...Read more

July 31, 2018

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Ashley Finley as the Senior Advisor to the President and Secretary to the Board. Ashley has been an active AAC&U member and leader during her tenure at Dominican University of California.

Ashley currently serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Dominican Experience at Dominican University of California. She is also the national evaluator for Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), a national project dedicated to understanding the intersection of...Read more

June 29, 2018

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced the appointment of Andrew Flagel as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement, effective July 1. In this role, he will help promote the mission of AAC&U by leading strategic advancement and membership growth and development.

For more than twenty-five years, Andrew Flagel has served to advance the cause of higher education, inclusion, and access across a range of public and private US institutions. Recently named a Senior Fellow for the National Research Center for College and...Read more