The following associations and organizations contribute resources on a regular basis to this site. If you are interested in contributing resources related to campus internationalization, please contact Heather Ward at

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education. U.S. community colleges play a vital role in educating and training the globally competitive workforce of the 21st Century. To support these efforts, AACC promotes global awareness, intercultural understanding, and international engagement for students, faculty, staff, and administrators. AACC advocates on behalf of our member institutions with U.S. federal agencies, higher education associations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and international partners to raise the recognition of U.S. community colleges’ leadership role in global education.

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to under-served student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. AASCU has five fundamental purposes:

  • To promote understanding, appreciation and support for the public purpose of public higher education and the distinctive contributions of those institutions that comprise the AASCU membership;
  • To support member institutions in their mission to prepare students who can be demonstrably competitive and effective in an economy and a society that requires global literacy;
  • To advocate for effective public policy at the federal level and to provide both federal and state policy analysis to advance member institutions and the students they serve;
  • To provide leadership for effective policy development and program support that will strengthen academic quality, promote access and inclusion, foster regional stewardship and economic progress, and facilitate educational innovation; and
  • To create professional development opportunities for member presidents and their spouses and partners, system executives and other senior leaders and to undertake a systematic approach to fostering new leaders who will contribute to educational innovation.

American Council on Education (ACE)

ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. Our strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of more than 1,700 member institutions, 75 percent of which have been with ACE for over 10 years. That loyalty stands as a testament to the value derived from membership. We convene representatives from all sectors to collectively tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed. Through its Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE), ACE provides in-depth analysis of critical international education issues and administers programs and services to support higher education institutions’ internationalization and global engagement strategies.

American International Recruitment Council (AIRC)

The American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) works to safeguard the interests of both international students and enrolling institutions through the promotion of ethical, standards-based international recruitment strategies. The purposes of the organization are to:

  • Develop standards of ethical practice pertaining to recruitment of international students to American educational institutions, such standards to address two constituencies: educational institutions and student recruitment agents
  • Develop best practices and training to assist overseas student recruitment agents and institutions themselves to better serve students seeking admission to American educational institutions
  • Establish a framework through which participating agents can have their practices certified. In addition, the organization may undertake other activities as are necessary to accomplish its goals

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. AAC&U organizes its work around four broad goals:

  • LEAP: Liberal Education as a Global Necessity
  • Quality: 21st Century Markers for the Value of US Degrees
  • Equity: Innovation, Inclusive Excellence, and Student Success
  • Social Responsibility: Integrative Liberal Learning for the Global Commons

Association of American Universities (AAU)

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is a nonprofit organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.  Founded in 1900 to advance the international standing of U.S. research universities, AAU today focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education. AAU member universities are on the leading edge of innovation, scholarship, and solutions that contribute to the nation’s economy, security, and well-being.  The 60 AAU universities in the United States award nearly one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering. AAU programs and projects address institutional issues facing its member universities, as well as government actions that affect these and other universities. AAU works to maintain the productive partnership between the nation’s research universities and the federal government.  The major activities of the association include federal government relations, policy studies, and public affairs.

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), a membership organization formed in November 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the Association are to:

  • Provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels;
  • Improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education;
  • Establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders;
  • Cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests.

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 238 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU’s agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.  The association’s work is furthered by an active and effective advocacy arm that works with Congress and the administration as well as the media to advance federal policies that strengthen public universities and benefit the students they serve.

Forum on Education Abroad

The Forum on Education Abroad is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. The Forum provides training and resources to education abroad professionals and its Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged. The Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad (QUIP) and The Professional Certification for Education Abroad Program provide quality assurance for the field through use of the Standards in rigorous self-study and peer reviews for institutions and professional certification for individuals.

Institute of International Education (IIE)

Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger. Through its Open Doors reports, IIE is the leading provider of information on student mobility to institutions of higher learning and other stakeholders. It also administers the IIE Network, a consortium of 1,300 institutions engaged in international scholarly exchange; through that network, it informs institutions about trends and best practices in campus internationalization.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

NAFSA is the largest association of professionals committed exclusively to advancing international higher education. The association provides leadership to its diverse constituencies through establishing principles of good practice and providing professional development opportunities. NAFSA encourages networking among professionals, convenes conferences and collaborative dialogues, and promotes research and knowledge creation to strengthen and serve the field. We lead the way in advocating for a better world through international education.

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented this subset of American colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. Members include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges and universities, women’s colleges, art and design colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.  NAICU is committed to celebrating and protecting this diversity of the nation’s private colleges and universities.