AEC is consistently at the center of federal policy debates concerning higher education. As a convener of higher education associations and agencies, we enable our community to speak with one voice on issues affecting institutions and students. Our work on behalf of the nation’s colleges and universities ensures our members are connected to policymakers and represented as officials make critical decisions on Capitol Hill.

As the only organization that represents presidents from all sectors, AEC:


  • Is the key point of contact on higher education matters for congressional staff and the executive branch;
  • Represents higher education on legal issues and federal court cases, including at the U.S. Supreme Court;
  • Is the most frequently cited organization in the national media on higher education issues; and
  • Keeps members informed on timely and significant policy issues through AEC President Ted Mitchell’s weekly newsletter, President to President.