ACE Strategic Framework

Higher Education for the Nation's Future

​​​​​​​​​2018-2021

As approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) Board of Directors, and introduced to our members and the entire higher education community on June 20, 2018, this Strategic Framework will guide ACE’s work over the next three years. It conveys ACE’s vision and mission, core organizational values, and strategic commitments.

Our Vision

​A vibrant democratic society that relies on postsecondary education to expand knowledge, equity, and social progress.

Our Mission

​ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice.

Our Core Values

​We will demonstrate our core values in the way we work and serve our members.

  • Inclusion: Build a diverse community characterized by mutual respect, collegiality, and professional growth
  • Excellence: Deliver timely and consistently high-quality programs and services to our members and the higher education community
  • Innovation: Facilitate creative approaches to policy, practice and our work
  • Collaboration: Enhance ACE’s efficacy through strategic partnerships and alliances
  • Impact: Demonstrate the transformative power of our collective work through clearly defined metrics and outcomes
Strategic Commitments 

ACE will focus on the following strategic commitments over the next three years as we strengthen advocacy and leadership and more effectively engage our diverse membership in the areas of policy and practice. To accomplish this, we will:

Affirm and Strengthen Public Trust in Postsecondary Education

Deepen the public's confidence in higher education by communicating its impact as a powerful engine of economic opportunity, social mobility, and a flourishing democracy, and encouraging member action around meaningful change.

Champion Equity, Access and Completion

Promote public policies and institutional practices that provide affordable, high-quality postsecondary education opportunities for all and expand flexible pathways for completion through innovative learning.

Enrich the Capacity of Institutions & Leaders to Innovate and Adapt

Cultivate programs and services to advance the success of senior leaders, expand learning networks to diversify and strengthen the talent pipeline, and facilitate regional and global partnerships to address complex challenges.

Learn more about the impetus for the new ACE Strategic Framework
and P​resident Ted Mitchell’s vision for the future.

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At the American Council on Education, we demonstrate core values such as collaboration, inclusion, and innovation in the way we work and serve our members.

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