Affiliate Membership

Why Become an ACE Affiliate Member?

​​​​​​​​​​The ACE Affiliate Members Program serves as a bridge between the business, nonprofit, and foundation communities. The program brings together leaders, collaboratively working to solve issues facing our institutions, who serve more than 80 percent of college students today. Membership is open to companies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations that serve all sectors of higher education.

As an affiliate member, you'll enjoy 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 Impact of Your Membership

Support from affiliate members makes ACE's work possible. These funds go toward important research and the development of innovative professional learning programs that help prepare the nation’s higher education leaders of today and tomorrow.

For more information, download the Affiliate Membership Brochure (PDF).

Benefits of Membership

​All affiliate members receive a diverse range of year-round benefits and recognition, including:

 Engagement and Access

  • Periodic invitations to engage as thought leaders in roundtables, focus groups, and other events on higher education topics with ACE leadership, members, and other stakeholders
  • Exclusive members-only presentation opportunities during the ACE Annual Meeting (Sponsorship required)
  • Monthly opportunity to include thought leadership content in ACE This Week e-newsletter
  • Monthly opportunity to provide content for a partner insights section of the ACE website

 Communications and Insight

Regular updates on ACE federal and state policy issues, as well as other higher education topics, through:

  • Subscription to Higher Education & National Affairs (HENA) weekly e-newsletter
  • Subscription to President to President (P2P) biweekly e-newsletter
  • Subscription to ACE This Week e-newsletter, spotlighting upcoming engagement opportunities and related news of interest
  • Complimentary or discounted copies of ACE publications
  • Regular updates from ACE on ways to further maximize your membership

 Visibility and Brand Awareness

  • Presence on the ACE Affiliate Members Program web page, including company name, website link, address, and 100- word company description

  • New member announcement and link to company website in Higher Education & National Affairs e-newsletter (one time)
  • Periodic recognition through ACE social media

 ACE Annual Meeting

  • Two-for-one conference registration: 50 percent discount off the member rate on up to two full registrations.
  • Discounted exhibit booth space with ACE Affiliate Members Program signage
  • Focus Zone presentation, partner session, and roundtable discussion presentation opportunities (Proposal submission and acceptance required)
  • Exclusive members-only 10 percent discount on select sponsorships of $7,500 or more (Excludes Focus Zone, partner sessions, and roundtable discussions)
  • Affiliate member recognition on signage in a high-traffic area of the hotel

Prospective members may join on a rolling basis, but the membership term expires September 30 of each year (e.g., if your application is received April 3, 2022, your membership expires September 30, 2022). Your first year's membership dues may be pro-rated based on the month you join. 

Membership dues are based on the company’s number of full-time employees:

  • Under 50 employees: $2,500
  • 50–499 employees: $4,500
  • 500–4,999 employees: $6,000
  • 5,000 or more employees: $7,500
Terms and Conditions

All ACE affiliate members must agree to and abide by the program's terms and conditions.

 Terms and Conditions of Membership

  • ACE reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any ACE affiliate member or Executive Search Roundtable participant and further reserves the right to reject any application for any reason, as outlined in ACE’s Corporate Relations Principles. ​​​
  • Submission of the application to become an affiliate member and payment of the annual dues constitute agreement to these terms and conditions of membership. Membership dues are nonrefundable.
  • Payment of membership dues must be received within 60 days of receipt of a completed membership application. 
  • Membership benefits and dues are subject to change without notice.
  • All membership benefits are valid only during the membership term. Activation of some benefits requires action by the affiliate member prior to a publicized deadline.
  • The affiliate member must designate the individual(s) to receive complimentary subscriptions to HENA, P2P, and ACE This Week e-newsletters. The subscriptions must be assigned to employees of the affiliate member.
  • Affiliate members receive a special ACE affiliate member logo and usage guidelines at the time membership begins. The logo may be used only in accordance with the usage guidelines and only during the membership term. Member is not allowed to use any other ACE logo or mark.
  • Content for the ACE This Week e-newsletter is solicited from ACE affiliate members to highlight their successful client case studies, new initiatives, white papers, and unique research that may be of interest to senior higher education leaders. Submission must meet ACE guidelines and is subject to ACE review and approval. Space is limited, and submissions will be accepted and included on a first-come, first-served basis. Acceptance and inclusion of submitted material is not guaranteed during the membership year.​​​
  • Proposal submissions for Annual Meeting partner sessions, Focus Zone p​​resentations, and roundtable d​iscussions must meet ACE guidelines and are subject to ACE review and approval. Space is limited and submission does not guarantee acceptance and/or inclusion.
  • 50 percent discount off the member rate on up to two full Annual Meeting registrations. 
Contact Us

​For questions about ACE's Affiliate Members Program, please email the Advancement team at advancement@a​​​.

 Affiliate Member Directory

​ACE gratefully acknowledges its affiliate members, who help sustain ACE programs and shape the future of U.S. higher education. ​