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The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AC&U) is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises over 1,200 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

Through our institutional membership, all NC State employees have access to AAC&U. Contact Member Services to active your individual memberships.

Since 1920, the American College Health Association (ACHA) has served as the voice for student health and wellness. Through advocacy, research and education, ACHA stands at the forefront of issues that impact the health and wellness of our college students. ACHA represents over 800 institutions of higher education and the collective health and wellness needs of 20 million college students. ACHA serves nearly 5,500 individual college health and wellness professionals and leaders of all disciplines united together to advance the health and wellness of college students. Membership in ACHA is your key to unlocking tremendous vision and knowledge that can enrich your campuses’ health and wellness services, your professional development, and efforts toward creating a culture of wellness on your campus.

Institutional Membership: All individuals who are part of a member school will be able to join for free, where in years past, they had to pay dues. All member schools will see an adjustment in their institutional dues to reflect the increased member benefits.

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) transforms higher education by creating and sharing influential scholarship, shaping critically reflective practice, and advocating for equitable and inclusive learning environments.

Institutional Membership: Discounts are available to all ACPA professional development events for members at the institution. You will need an Individual Membership (Cost: $99) for professional staff at an institutional member campus.

The Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies (AD&D) is an organization of Deans and Directors (and their assistants and associates) from colleges or divisions that are enrollment units responsible for advising and other programs and services focused on improving the broad academic experiences of undergraduate students in higher education. The association provides professional development and networking opportunities for its members and other key stakeholders across the country.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The association’s membership consists of 244 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations.

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) promotes collaboration among its members and others engaged in the study of higher education through research, conferences, and publications, including its highly regarded journal, The Review of Higher Education. ASHE values rigorous scholarly approaches to the study of higher education and practical applications of systemic inquiry. Individual membership is needed at the cost of $185.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper and website that presents news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and student affairs professionals. A subscription is required to read some articles

EAB‘s mission is to make education smarter and our communities stronger. We believe that we can change the world—with our partners, we are improving education and thereby strengthening communities across the nation and around the globe. And while our company’s impact on education has grown over the decades, our inherent values haven’t changed.

NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a consulting and speaker service, an awards program, and funding for Research related to academic advising.

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education by supporting our collective efforts to lead our institutions toward the attainment of the following goals:

  • Produce and disseminate empirical evidence through research to inform diversity initiatives
  • Identify and circulate exemplary practices
  • Provide professional development for current and aspiring diversity officers
  • Inform and influence national and local policies
  • Create and foster networking opportunities

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) is entering its fifteenth year and continues to address issues and concerns affecting Hispanics, with a focus on higher education. While the Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority population in America, Hispanics are still highly underrepresented in the undergraduate and graduate enrollments and graduation rates.