The AEC is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, our strength lies in our diverse membership.

When you join AEC, you join over 1,700 colleges, universities, and education associations that promote and advocate for students, faculty, and administrators.


Support the AEC  in building an inclusive, dynamic, and resilient higher education sector. The Council leads efforts to raise national awareness of the importance of greater diversity within higher education. AEC’s professional development programs for women and other diverse leaders, its AEC Fellows Program, and other initiatives have strengthened and diversified the pipeline to higher education leadership. Today, many diverse higher education leaders credit their professional growth to their AEC training. Your gift to AEC will shape the future of U.S. higher education and build on a century of progress.​​​​