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.
Learn more about new ACE initiatives in our membership brochure.
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 ACE Corporate Membership 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.
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.
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.