Higher Education Organizations nationwide


    American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

  • This national, nonprofit, voluntary, professional association of more than 9,000 higher education admissions and registration professionals represents approximately 2,300 institutions in more than 35 countries. The mission of AACRAO is to provide professional development, guidelines, and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials regarding the best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, administrative information technology, and student services. It also provides a forum for discussion regarding policy initiation and development, interpretation, and implementation at the institutional level and in the global educational community. http://www.aacrao.org

    American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

  • The American Association of Community Colleges is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The Association represents more than 1,100 associate degree-granting institutions and some 10 million students. Formed in 1920, AACC is a national voice for community colleges, which marked their 100th year of service to the nation in 2001. AACC is leading the celebration of the colleges as they provide learning opportunities to their students and communities and the nation. http://www.aacc.nche.edu

    American Council of Education (ACE)

  • ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. http://www.acenet.edu

    Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

  • AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantage of a liberal education to all students, regardless of their academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915 by college presidents, AAC&U now represents the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities-large and small, public and private, two-year and four-year. AAC&U comprises more than 1000 accredited colleges and universities that collectively educate more than five million students every year. http://www.aacu.org

    Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA)

  • Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) is the foremost member-supported professional organization for administrators and managers of California's 110 community college campuses. ACCCA provides insurance benefits, publications, professional development opportunities, business partnerships, advocacy, counseling and assistance to over 1200 fulltime administrators, associate members, affiliates and corporate members. http://www.accca.org

    Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO)

  • The Association of Chief Business Officials offers business officers opportunities to develop professionally, to identify issues affecting community colleges, and to share their expertise with colleagues. ACBO membership includes 107 California community colleges, enrolling over 1.5 million students. http://acbo.org

    California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO)

  • The CCCCIO provides a central voice for academic matters in the State of California. It promotes and advances teaching and learning in California public community colleges while providing an instructional administrative perspective on California community college issues. http://www.ccccio.org

    Community College League of California (CCLC)

  • The Community College League of California is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation whose voluntary membership consists of the 72 local community college districts in California. Within the League are two major organizations which share a common mission, staff and fiscal resources: the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) and the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC). In addition, two other organizations are affiliated with the League: the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA); and the California Community College Classified Senate (CCCCS). The League serves community college districts, locally elected governing boards, and chief executive officers in six areas: education programs, research and policy analysis, fiscal services programs, governmental relations, communications, and governance of athletics.


    Community College Week

  • Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees. Published biweekly, Community College Week’s readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators. In each edition, readers find news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates, and employment opportunities.


    Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

  • CHEA is a private, non-profit, national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It serves as a national voice for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and to the general public, opinion leaders, students, and families. http://www.chea.org

    The CHEA Almanac Online is a valuable resource that serves as an essential companion to the CHEA Almanac of External Quality Review, providing important information on higher education accreditation and external quality review throughout the United States and making current fact and statistics on U.S. accreditation easy to access and use.

    Inside Higher Ed

  • Inside Higher Ed is the online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education. Inside Higher Ed was founded in 2004 by three executives with decades of expertise in higher education journalism and recruitment to provide timeley and relevant information and career services for professionals in the academe. http://www.insidehighered.com

    National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

  • The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is a private nonprofit (501)(c)(3)organization whose mission is to assist colleges and universities as they improve their management capability. Through its more than thirty years of service to higher education, NCHEMS has been committed to bridging the gap between research and practice by placing the latest managerial concepts and tools in the hands of working administrators on college and university campuses. Established to meet the needs of working administrators, NCHEMS delivers research-based expertise, practical experience, information, and a range of management tools that can help institutions improve both their efficiency and their effectiveness. NCHEMS places these resources in the hands of administrators through a variety of means. http://www.nchems.org

    National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)

  • More than 700 community colleges around the world are members of NISOD. NISOD is the outreach vehicle and service to the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP), at the University of Texas at Austin. As such, it provides weekly staff development opportunities through its publication, Innovation Abstracts, timely teaching tips, and leadership strategies written by practitioners in the field. Through its annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership, held each May in Austin, Texas, NISOD provides provide more than 300 seminars, general sessions, round tables, receptions, networking opportunities, Expo Plaza, special events, and the opportunity to recognize NISOD Excellence Awards Recipients throughout the 3 1/2 day conference. http://www.nisod.org

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is a major source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is a destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's web site features the complete contents of the latest issue, daily news and advice columns, thousands of current job listings, articles published since September 1989, discussion forums, and career-building tools. http://chronicle.com

    The Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group)

  • The RP Group is the organization representing California community college research and planning professionals. It provides leadership in research, analysis, and planning issues for California community colleges. The RP Group provides liaison with other professional groups such as the Chancellor's Office, Community College League of California, California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Academic Senate, Board of Governors, Chief Executive Officers, CA Association for Institutional Research and several national research-related agencies and organizations, for the purpose of influencing and participating in policy level decisions that relate to research and planning. http://rpgroup.org

    The University of Hawai’i System

  • The University of Hawai'i System consists of 10 campuses (including seven community colleges) and dozens of educational, training, and research centers across the Hawaiian Islands. The University of Hawai'i System is the public system of higher education in Hawai'i. http://www.hawai'i.edu

    WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)

  • WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) accelerates the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education.  WCET is a division of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.  WCET provides many resources to enhance the quality and effectiveness of technology-enhanced and distance education.  Its guidelines Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education are included in the ACCJC’s Guide to Evaluating Distance Education and Correspondence Education (July 2011 Edition).  WCET can be found at www.wcet.wiche.edu.
    Presentations with particular applicability are:
    • "Shifting Sands of Accreditation" by Fred Hurst, Barbara Beno, Pat O'Brien, Elise Scanlon and Karen Solomon
    • "What's Ahead for Higher Education" by Jeff Borden, Mark Saver, Diane Goldsmith and Cali Morris
    • "The Tip of the Iceberg" by Michael Goldstein, Dow Lohnes, pllc