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American Council on Education (ACE)

The American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

Its members include approximately 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations, and corporations. Founded in 1918, ACE fosters greater collaboration and new partnerships within and outside the higher education community to help colleges and universities anticipate and address the challenges of the 21st century and contribute to a stronger nation and a better world.

Three key strategic priorities drive ACE's activities: (1) Representation: Serve as principal advocate for all of higher education, influencing the federal agenda, state policy, and public opinion; (2) Leadership Development: Enhance the diversity and capacity of American higher education leaders; and (3) Service: Support colleges, universities, and other higher education and adult learner organizations in their efforts to serve students and society. ACE's areas of focus include: 

  • Access, Success, Equity, and Diversity. Programs to foster greater diversity among higher education leaders, faculty, and students, and to support postsecondary educational opportunities and favorable outcomes for all. 
  • Institutional Effectiveness. Programs to enhance the capacity of colleges and universities in their efforts to serve students and society. 
  • Lifelong Learning. Programs to ensure the validity of nontraditional learning and promote adult access to and success in postsecondary education and the workforce. 
  • Internationalization. Programs to help colleges and universities prepare students to work and live in a globally interdependent world.

For more information, visit http://www.acenet.edu/


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