Association of American Universities

Association of American Universities

Infobox Organization
name = Association of American Universities


size = 150px
formation = 1900
type =
headquarters = Washington, D.C.
location = USA
flagicon|Canada Canada
membership = 62
leader_title = President
leader_name = Robert M. Berdahl
key_people =
website = [http://www.aau.edu/ aau.edu]

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. It consists of sixty universities in the United States (both public and private) and two universities in Canada.

Organization

AAU was founded in 1900 by a group of fourteen Ph.D.-granting universities in the United States to strengthen and standardize American doctoral programs. Today, the primary purpose of the AAU is to provide a forum for the development and implementation of institutional and national policies, in order to promote strong programs in academic research and scholarship and undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. The AAU holds two annual meetings. The fall meeting is conducted on a member campus while the spring meeting is held in the headquarters city of Washington, D.C.

Presidents

Canadian universities

*McGill University (1926)
*University of Toronto (1926)

Former members

*The Catholic University of America (1900-2002):A founding member that departed due to "institutional emphases and energies" [http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/news/02_PresDesk_Nov.htm] that differed from the other AAU members.
*Clark University (1900-1999):Another founding member that departed due to its change of focus from research to undergraduate education.

Notes and references

External links

* [http://www.aau.edu/ Association of American Universities]


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