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About ACE

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities. We represent more than 1,800 college and university presidents and the executives at related associations, and are the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private. Our strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of 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.


  • Leads and Coordinates. As the nation’s largest higher education organization, ACE is at the forefront of the major issues affecting post-secondary education.
  • Represents and Advocates. As the principal voice of higher education, ACE coordinates the advocacy efforts of the entire community.
  • Serves. ACE addresses the rapidly changing needs of America’s colleges and universities by providing research and identifying innovative practices.
Learn more about ACE & explore membership opportunities on the ACE website.