Why Join AEC?

​​​​​​​​​​Develop leadership skills and share knowledge

You and your leadership team will have access to leadership development programs, resources, and research that will help you become more effective campus leaders. We offer a suite of programs to meet your needs at a time and place that’s convenient for you.


Speak with a strong, collective voice

You join over 1,700 colleges, universities, and higher education associations that collectively promote, protect, and advocate for students, faculty, and administrators in higher education.

AEC is consistently at the center of public policy debates concerning higher education, including key issues such as federal student aid and research funding, immigration, and judicial challenges to the ability of institutions to consider race and ethnicity as part of a holistic admissions process. AEC also plays a significant role in higher education leadership development.


Stay current with the latest issues and trends

You will have access to the latest news, research, trends, and practices delivered through easily accessible formats, including e-newsletters, blogs, podcasts, videos, briefs, and reports.

Who Can Join Us?

We welcome:

  • Degree-granting, accredited colleges and universities based in the United States and its territories
  • National, regional, and state nonprofit associations based in the United States and its territories with missions that support higher education
  • Degree-granting colleges and universities based outside the United States and its territories
  • Higher education associations based outside the United States and its territories

Association Membership

AEC’s strength lies in its diverse and loyal membership base. In addition to colleges and universities, we partner with nonprofit associations to support colleges and universities and advocate for higher education.

Affiliate Membership

The AEC Affiliate Members Program brings together leaders from the business, nonprofit, and foundation communities. Affiliate members enjoy engagement opportunities and access to AEC leadership, members, communications, and insights.