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Higher Education Professional Organizations
  • American Association for Higher Education (new window)
  • The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) is a national organization comprised of members from a variety of sectors, disciplines, and campus hierarchies dedicated to improving the quality of higher education. "As a diverse group of individuals, members step beyond their institutional roles to create a campus-wide perspective." With this new perspective, AAHE works to make effective changes at the campus, state, and national levels. AAHE is an organization that strives to serve its members by enhancing their capacity as life-long learners and leaders. http://www.aahe.org
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (new window)
  • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) was founded in 1961 in response to "the growing impact of the federal government on higher education, particularly as it related to research grants and other grants-in-aid, had made it absolutely necessary that a strong national association be formed to represent the interests of students in state colleges and universities." AASCU is built upon a four-part premise: 1) To promote, appreciate, and support higher education 2) To analyze public policy and advocate in the interest of association members 3) To provide policy leadership and program support for the promotion of educational quality and academic inclusion, and 4) To create professional development opportunities for institutional leaders. Membership is open to any regionally accredited institution of higher education offering programs leading to bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees. http://www.aascu.org
  • American Association of University Professors (new window)
  • The purpose of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) "is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good." AAUP is best known for its assistance to individual faculty members when academic freedom or due process rights are in question. In addition, the Association works with Congress and state legislators to endorse effective higher education legislation. Membership in the national organization is open to all faculty, librarians, and academic professionals at 2 and 4-year accredited public and private colleges and universities. http://www.aaup.org
  • American Council on Education (new window)
  • The American Council on Education (ACE) seeks to unify the nation's higher education institutions through leadership, research, and program initiatives. ACE works to help colleges and universities address challenges faced in the 21st century and promote postsecondary programs that increase diversity and promote lifelong learning in a globally interdependent world. Membership in the American Council on Education is open to accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities, and higher education associations located within the United States. "ACE values inclusiveness and diversity, recognizes higher education's responsibility to society, and embraces the belief that widespread access to excellent postsecondary education opportunities is the cornerstone of a democratic society." http://www.acenet.edu/
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) (new window)
  • The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is a professional organization committed to the study of higher education. ASHE is based at the University of Missouri-Columbia and promotes active member participation through research, conferences, and publications, including its journal, The Review of Higher Education. ASHE values the practical application of research based inquiry and welcomes diversity with and among its programs. http://tiger.coe.missouri.edu/%7Eashe/
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) (new window)
  • "The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education." AAC&U currently encompasses the entire range of American colleges and universities, including large and small, public and private, two-year and four-year institutions. This association emphasizes the global goals of liberal education and works to understand how these goals can be achieved for students in all colleges and universities. AAC&U helps bring together presidents, academic administrators, faculty members, and national leaders who are committed to and recognize the value of liberal education. http://www.aacu-edu.org/
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) (new window)
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is an international organization of professionals dedicated to improving the quality of higher education for persons with disabilities. Founded in 1977 to address the need for better services and support for persons with disabilities in higher education, AHEAD currently offers training programs, workshops, publications, and conferences to promote excellence in education. http://www.ahead.org/
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) (new window)
  • The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), headquartered in Washington, DC, is a nonprofit education association that acts to promote and support education worldwide by endorsing advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications, and development. CASE provides ethical standards for the profession, offers advancement products and services, and collaborates with other organizations to address issues of public concern and quality education worldwide. In addition, "CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education." http://www.case.org/
  • Council of Independent Colleges (new window)
  • The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of private, independent liberal arts colleges and universities seeking to enhance private higher education's contributions to society. "CIC provides services that help its member institutions enhance educational programs, improve their administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility." A wide range of meetings, workshops, projects, publications, and a national tuition exchange program are made available to all CIC members. http://www.cic.edu
  • Foundation for Independent Higher Education (new window)
  • The Foundation for Independent Higher Education is the national partner in a network of member state and regional fundraising associations. "The Foundation secures financial resources in support of America's independent colleges and universities and their students; develops collaborative programs within its network and within other organizations; and, together with its members, is a primary voice of independent higher education to corporate and philanthropic communities." Some of the projects funded through the Foundation for Independent Higher Education include the following: Enhancing Pedagogy Through Technology, Classroom Excellence in Elementary Science, and Training Tomorrow's Teachers. To date, more than $1.3 billion has been raised in order to finance such things as scholarship programs, in-service workshops for public school teachers, and funds for the enhancement of minority educational achievement. http://www.fihe.org/ The Foundation for Independent Higher Education is the national partner in a network of member state and regional fundraising associations. "The Foundation secures financial resources in support of America's independent colleges and universities and their students; develops collaborative programs within its network and within other organizations; and, together with its members, is a primary voice of independent higher education to corporate and philanthropic communities." Some of the projects funded through the Foundation for Independent Higher Education include the following: Enhancing Pedagogy Through Technology, Classroom Excellence in Elementary Science, and Training Tomorrow's Teachers. To date, more than $1.3 billion has been raised in order to finance such things as scholarship programs, in-service workshops for public school teachers, and funds for the enhancement of minority educational achievement. http://www.fihe.org/

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