American Council on Education (ACE)

Founded in 1918, The American Council on Education (ACE) is a membership organization, representing over 1,700 colleges, universities, and other educational associations. As the primary coordinating body for the United States’ higher education institutions, ACE oversees numerous offices concerning higher education institutions, public policy, and learner & educator success. ACE provides services and programs to its members with focus on professional development and improving higher education institutions. ACE also provides research and services which promote access to and success in postsecondary education. Additionally, the organization provides evaluation and training services for military and workforce organizations.

ACE provides programs and services for:

  • Professional learning institutions and communities
  • Institutional transformation
  • Learning evaluations

Additionally, ACE conducts and publishes research focused on:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Student support and success
  • Internationalization and global engagement
  • Senior leaders and teams

ACE public policy and advocacy efforts include:

  • Budget and appropriations
  • Campus safety
  • Federal financial aid
  • Health care
  • Department of Education and the Higher Education Act
  • Immigration and international students
  • Labor and employment
  • Law and the Courts
  • Science and technology
  • Tax and finance
  • Veterans education and the GI bill



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