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American Council on Education Membership

Why Join?

As a member of ACE, you join nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and executives at related associations, institutions and organizations that collectively promote, protect, and advocate for students, faculty and administrators in higher education. ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions, and is the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private, nonprofit and for-profit. We are at the center of federal policy debates concerning legislation that affects campuses across the country, and regularly convene representatives from all sectors to respond with one clear voice on vital issues affecting institutions and students, provide leadership on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

In addition, you will have access to some of the best leadership development programs, policy analysis, research briefs and peer-to-peer seminars and meetings, all of which will help you and your staff become more effective campus leaders, ready to meet current challenges.

Who Can Join?

ACE offers several opportunities to join:

  • Members include accredited, degree-granting institutions and systems. A national and regional association whose primary mission is higher education may also join.
  • Associates are branch campuses, accreditation candidates, international higher education institutions, and international organizations that are concerned with higher education.
  • The Alliance Program encompasses corporations and foundations who wish to support higher education and be connected with current trends, topics and leaders. 
  • The Executive Search Roundtable helps support ACE's goal of strengthening leadership in higher education.

Membership Criteria

Institutional Membership

American Council on Education (ACE) institutional membership is open to all United States degree-granting colleges and universities that are accredited by a Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)-recognized accrediting agency or Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency. Affiliate membership is available to U.S. degree-granting institutions that are accepted candidates for accreditation by a CHEA-recognized accrediting agency. System offices are also eligible for membership. In most cases, the chief executives of these institutions represent their campuses in all ACE activities.

Non-Institutional Membership

ACE membership is open to the following sectors:

  • National and regional education associations
  • International members (degree-granting colleges and universities or higher education associations that are recognized by an appropriate national authority and based outside of the United States and its territories)
  • System members (the head office of a university system where each campus is individually accredited and eligible for ACE membership)

In most cases, the chief executives of these institutions represent their organizations in all ACE activities.

Who Are Our Members?

ACE's strength lies in its diverse and loyal membership base. Our members come from every sector of higher education, including two-year and four-year, public and private institutions. Of our over 1,700 members, more than 75% have been affiliated with ACE for more than 10 years. To see a complete list, visit our Membership Directory.

Hear representatives from each type of institution we serve explain why they belong to ACE.

Four-Year Public Institutions


Diana Natalicio

President, University of Texas at El Paso
"ACE is special because it cuts across all [educational] sectors; independent institutions, public instititions, community colleges, so all of us have the opportunity to come together around issues important to the students we serve. Therefore, for us, I believe ACE has been a great investment."

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Four-Year Public Systems


Nancy Zimpher

Chancellor, State University of New York System
"Institutionally, the State University of New York is very unique. We're a big system with all sectors under one umbrella. This is like one-stop shopping. I can put all the sector needs into one basket under ACE. This is a wonderful place for systems to be connected."

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Community Colleges


Sandy Shugart

President, Valencia College
"I'm counting on the Council, as a matter of fact, as we try to adjust to post-traditional students. It's a big part of our strategy at the college to begin to pay more attention to the adult market and returning veterans."

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Judy Miner

Chancellor, Foothill College
"I belong to ACE because of its decades-long commitment to diversity in the workforce. I think the leadership development aspect of ACE is absolutely stunning."

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Four-Year Private Institutions


Richard Pappas

President, Davenport University
"This is the most valuable organization in higher education. It's the only organization that brings in community colleges, independents, and four-year public and privates to work on common problems together."

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Benefits

Advocacy

ACE is the leading national association coordinating legislative representation on Capitol Hill and amicus curiae briefs and position papers supporting our members in the courts. Our respected, authoritative media outreach ensures that news organizations understand our current positions and efforts.

We will keep you informed of all of our efforts through weekly electronic newsletters President to President and Higher Education and National Affairs (HENA). Periodic webinars provide a more thorough examination of trends that you need to know.

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Leadership Programs

ACE will help you and your staff become more effective leaders through our highly-rated leadership development programs. We offer comprehensive, year-long institutes such as Institute for New Presidents, Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, and the prestigious ACE Fellows programs. Workshops are also available for campus executives such as the Leadership Academy for Department Chairs and Advancing to the Presidency. Only ACE offers such a broad range of programs.

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Research

You will stay ahead of current issues and trends through ACE's research and analysis. ACE's Center for Policy Analysis produces quantitative and qualitative studies on key issues and topics in higher education. Periodic studies such as the American College President 2012 give you insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by your peers, while focused analyses on diversity, veterans, and other topics may contribute to strategic decisions on your campus.

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Publications

You will receive our quarterly magazine The Presidency, written exclusively for university and college presidents and chancellors. The magazine focuses on critical issues facing your campuses as well as provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among higher education leaders. 

You will also have access to all of ACE's studies, books, and other publications through the ACE bookstore.

Dues Structure

Membership Dues

ACE institutional rates are based on full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment and general expenditure (GE). This information is downloaded from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). All system offices, associations, and branches are billed at a fixed rate. If two-thirds of a system’s campuses are ACE members, the system receives a complimentary membership.​

Disclaimer: These dues charts are for informational use only. Please contact ACE’s Membership Department at 202-939-9340 or membership@acenet.edu for detailed information about membership pricing.

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corporate engagement

ACE's Alliances with the Business Community
ACE works closely with organizations to advance programs that strengthen the higher education community. As the major coordinating body for higher education, ACE provides a number of opportunities for strategic collaboration, including:

  • • The ACE Annual Meeting , through sponsor, exhibitor, and advertiser opportunities.
    • The ACE Corporate Membership program , which provides engagement opportunities and access to ACE leadership and members; communications and insights to help you understand how to better serve campuses throughout the country; year-round visibility and brand awareness; and special opportunities aligned with the ACE Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier higher education event.
    • The Executive Search Roundtable  for firms specializing in higher education executive searches.
    • ACE College Credit Recommendation Service,   which evaluates and recognizes corporate training and certification programs.
    • Thought leadership opportunities in select programs, research and initiatives.
    • The Presidency , ACE's flagship magazine, which provides advertising opportunities for businesses to strengthen their brand and demonstrate their commitment to higher
    education.The ACE Annual Meeting, through sponsor, exhibitor, and advertiser opportunities.
  • The ACE Corporate Membership program, which provides engagement opportunities and access to ACE leadership and members; communications and insights to help you understand how to better serve campuses throughout the country; year-round visibility and brand awareness; and special opportunities aligned with the ACE Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier higher education event.
  • The Executive Search Roundtable  for firms specializing in higher education executive searches.
  • ACE College Credit Recommendation Service, which evaluates and recognizes corporate training and certification programs.
  • Thought leadership opportunities in select programs, research and initiatives.
  • The Presidency, ACE's flagship magazine, which provides advertising opportunities for businesses to strengthen their brand and demonstrate their commitment to higher education.

 

 

 

  

Corporate Engagement

ACE Alliances with the Business Community

ACE works closely with organizations to advance programs that strengthen the higher education community. As the major coordinating body for higher education, ACE provides a number of opportunities for strategic collaboration, including:

  • • The ACE Annual Meeting , through sponsor, exhibitor, and advertiser opportunities.
    • The ACE Corporate Membership program , which provides engagement opportunities and access to ACE leadership and members; communications and insights to help you understand how to better serve campuses throughout the country; year-round visibility and brand awareness; and special opportunities aligned with the ACE Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier higher education event.
    • The Executive Search Roundtable  for firms specializing in higher education executive searches.
    • ACE College Credit Recommendation Service,   which evaluates and recognizes corporate training and certification programs.
    • Thought leadership opportunities in select programs, research and initiatives.
    • The Presidency , ACE's flagship magazine, which provides advertising opportunities for businesses to strengthen their brand and demonstrate their commitment to higher
    education.The ACE Annual Meeting, through sponsor, exhibitor, and advertiser opportunities.
  • The ACE Corporate Membership program, which provides engagement opportunities and access to ACE leadership and members; communications and insights to help you understand how to better serve campuses throughout the country; year-round visibility and brand awareness; and special opportunities aligned with the ACE Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier higher education event.
  • The Executive Search Roundtable for firms specializing in higher education executive searches.
  • ACE College Credit Recommendation Service, which evaluates and recognizes corporate training and certification programs.
  • Thought leadership opportunities in select programs, research, and initiatives.
  • The Presidency, ACE's flagship magazine, which provides advertising opportunities for businesses to strengthen their brand and demonstrate their commitment to higher education.