ASU joins Association of American Colleges and Universities


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Adams State University recently became a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), joining 16 other Colorado colleges and universities in AAC&U membership. As a member institution, Adams State will take advantage of publication discounts, member registration rates for meetings and institutes, and individual enrollment in the AAC&U Associates Program.

The key areas that will help to inform Adams State on how to improve student learning include assessment, general education, diversity, civic engagement, global interdependence, integrative learning, institutional change, and faculty development.

Founded in 1915, AAC&U's membership is comprised of 1,300 institutions of higher education dedicated to ensuring that the advantages of a liberal education are available to all students regardless of background, enrollment path, academic specialization, or intended career. AAC&U's mission is to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.

Adams State also joined the LEAP Campus Action Network (CAN) which includes 340 colleges and universities committed to advancing a vision for higher education centered on essential learning outcomes for all students which are achieved through high-impact practices, grounded in the principles of inclusive excellence, and bolstered by authentic assessment of student learning.

The AAC&U representatives from Adams State are Dr. "Beez" Lea Ann Schell, lead representative and Human Performance and Physical Education Department chair; Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, professor of English; Dr. Beverlee McClure, Adams State president; Dr. Frank Novotny, Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Charles Nick Saenz, assistant professor of history.