Professional Organizations and Associations in Higher Education

Association for the Study of Higher Education
Higher education association members engaged in the study of higher education from a comparative or international perspective.

American Educational Research Association
A division within the national education research association focused on all dimensions of higher education.

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American Association for Higher Education
Higher education association involved with civic engagement, faculty development, assessment and quality. Publishes CHANGE magazine.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
National association of colleges and universities with undergraduate or graduate programs to prepare professional educators.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Professional association of more than 9,300 higher education administrators who represent more than 2,400 institutions and agencies in the United States and 39 other countries.

American Association of Community Colleges
Serves two-year, technical and vocational institutions worldwide.

American Association of School Administrators
Advocacy and professional organization for educational leaders in the United States and worldwide.

American Association of University Professors

American Federation of Teachers
Nationwide trade union representing workers in education, health care, and public service.

Association of American Universities

Association of European Universities

Association for Institutional Research. International association for administrators and researchers in higher education.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Provides education information services on issues such as bilingual education, finance, charters, and school safety.

Association for the Study of Higher Education. Scholarly society dedicated to higher education as a field of study.

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Dedicated to strengthening public and private higher education; it advances the practice of voluntary trusteeship that has distinguished American higher education for more than 350 years.

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Network of more than 6,400 human resource administrators at nearly 1,700 colleges and universities worldwide, as well as other groups interested in the advancement of human resources in higher education—including students, human resource service providers, and honorary life members.

Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association. Promotes and enhances the profession of campus information and visitors services.

The Collegiate Way: Residential Colleges and Higher Education Reform
A comprehensive site advocating small, decentralized residential colleges within large universities as a means to improve the quality of campus life. Includes many pages of detailed recommendations, case studies, answers to common objections, suggested reading, a directory of residential colleges worldwide, and more.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Council of Chief State School Officers. Nationwide, nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead the departments responsible for elementary and secondary education in the states.

Educationalists – A groups of teachers and IT professionals who have established a website designed to bring the best in learning opportunities, consultancy and educational products to staff in schools and colleges across the United Kingdom.

International Association of Universities

Latino Perspectives in Higher Education

NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The primary professional organization for practitioners in international education.

National Association of College and University Business Officers. Nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 2,100 colleges and universities across the country.

National Association of Educational Buyers. A wonderful procurement web site.

National Association of Secondary School Principals. Organization serving education leaders in middle-level schools and high schools, including administrators, teachers, students, and others interested in education and the welfare of today’s youth.

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. National association for college and university student affairs administrators.

National Education Association:

National PTA. The National PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer association in the United States working exclusively on behalf of children and youth.

Scholarly Societies –

Society for College and University Planning. International association focused on the promotion, advancement, and application of effective planning in higher education.

Society for Research into Higher Education. Scholarly assocation for higher education research established in 1965 in Great Britain. Publishes “Higher Education Quarterly” and “Research into Higher Education.”

State Higher Education Executive Officers. Nonprofit, nationwide association of chief executive officers serving statewide coordinating boards and governing boards of postsecondary education. Its objectives include developing the interest of the states in supporting quality higher education and promoting the importance of state planning and coordination as the most effective means of gaining public confidence in higher education.

See Also:

Policy Organizations

Research Centers

The Templeton Foundation’s Resource Directory – profiles 70 higher-education organizations that encourage — through programs or publications — one or more dimensions of character development.

WICHE list of Higher Education Organizations