May 20, 2002
CONTACT: Carol Anderson


YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has been approved for membership by the Board of Directors of the Association of the American Colleges and Universities at their spring meeting.

AAC&U is the leading national association devoted to advancing and strengthening liberal learning for all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Since its founding, AAC&U’s membership has grown to more than 750 accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

“By joining this organization, Eastern Michigan has additional resources in which to progress as a metropolitan university. AAC&U’s goals are similar to Eastern’s strategic direction and reinforce our commitment to quality education,” said EMU President Samuel Kirkpatrick.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among president, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local level and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

AAC&U’s strategic plan includes the following priorities:
Mobilizing collaborative leadership – for educational and institutional effectiveness;
Building faculty capacity – in the context of institutional renewal;
Strengthening curricula – to serve student and societal needs;
Establishing diversity – as an educational and civic priority;
Fostering global engagement – in a diverse, but connected world.

Focusing on these priorities, AAC&U runs national initiatives, sponsors meetings and summer institutes, and produces resources all designed to assist its member institutions in meeting the challenge of providing a high quality education to today’s students.
Both Yale and Harvard universities are AAC&U members as well as Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University and Oakland University.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professionals through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and online courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,500 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.