Professional Organizations & Consortia

Organization Abbrev Description
American Association for Higher Education
Founded as a part of the National Education Association in the 1870s, and becoming independent in 1969, AAHE is higher education's national "citizen's organization" dedicated to improving the quality of American higher education. Faculty, administrators, students and policymakers, as well as leaders from foundations, government, accrediting agencies, and business, address the challenges facing higher education.
American Association of University Professors
Started in 1915, AAUP's focus has been in the areas of academic freedom and tenure.
American Council on Education ACE
ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. It's 1,800 members 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. ACE is consistently at the center of federal policy debates in areas critical to higher education with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed.
Assoc. of Independent Colleges and Universities of
Founded in 1967 by Massachusetts independent college and university presidents, AICUM represents the 60 independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts.
Association for Institutional
AIR is the world's largest professional association for institutional researchers. The organization provides educational resources, best practices and professional development opportunities for more than 4,000 members. Its primary purpose is to support members in the process of collecting, analyzing, and converting data into information that supports decision-making in higher education.
Association for the Study of
Higher Education
Founded in 1975, ASHE focuses exclusively on the study and improvement of higher education. Its 2,000 members include professors, researchers, administrators, policy analysts, and graduate students.
Association of American
Colleges and Universities
Wellesley College is a charter member of AAC&U founded in 1915. The mission of AAC&U is to advance and strengthen undergraduate liberal education. There are currently about 1,200 member institutions
Boston Consortium for Higher Education
Established in 1995 by the Chief Financial Officers of 11 Bostonarea colleges and universities, the Boston Consortium acts as an external resource in creating a collaborative environment among member institutions for the development and practical implementation of cost saving and quality improvement ideas.
College and University
Personnel Association
Founded in the 1950s, CUPA promotes the effective management and development of human resources. Performs annual research and analysis on administrative and faculty salaries and benefits for over 1,700 colleges and universities worldwide.
Consortium of Liberal Arts
Chartered in 1986, CLAC focuses on the uses of computing and related technologies and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among its members. The consortium is comprised of 62 of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States.
Consortium on Financing Higher Education
Formed in 1974, the COFHE consortium consists of 31 private colleges and universities. It collects and reports on member institutions' historical data relating to admission, financial aid, and costs; conducts special studies to investigate aspects of institutional policy and administrative practices; and monitors developments within the federal government and the private sector on issues related to the financing of higher education. See page 26 for a list of member institutions.
Council for Aid to Education CAE
Founded in 1952, the CAE is dedicated to enhancing the role of business in education by providing advice and assistance in identifying and developing effective national, regional, and local programs and by collecting, analyzing and disseminating information on educational philanthropy.
Council on Undergraduate
Founded in 1978 and representing over 900 institutions, CUR serves faculty and administrators in the sciences by encouraging the development of undergraduate research programs.
Educational Testing Service ETS
Founded in 1947, it is the world's largest nonprofit educational measurement institution providing achievement, occupational, and admissions tests for clients in education, government, and business.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology.
Financial Accounting Standards Board
Established in 1973, FASB is the designated organization in the private sector for establishing standards of financial accounting and reporting.
Higher Education Data Sharing HEDS
Founded in 1983, HEDS is a consortium of 120 public and private colleges and universities that assists members in their planning, management, and institutional research. See page 25 for a list of member institutions.
Higher Education Research
Founded in 1973, the Higher Education Research Institute is based in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Institute serves as an interdisciplinary center for research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in post-secondary education. The institute administers various surveys such as the CIRP Freshman Survey.
Integrated Postsecondary
Education Data System
The U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics administer yearly IPEDS surveys that request data on enrollment statistics, finances, etc. The completion of these surveys is mandatory for all institutions receiving federal financial assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Massachusetts Campus Compact MACC
Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) is a nonprofit coalition of college and university presidents committed to developing the civic skills of students, building partnerships with the community, and integrating civic engagement with teaching and research.
Massachusetts Development
Finance Agency
Massachusetts Health and Educational Finance Authority was an independent public authority created by the legislature in 1968 to provide access to capital markets at the lowest cost to nonprofit health, educational, and cultural institutions. In October 2010, it merged with MassDevelopment, an agency which works with the private and public sector to stimulate economic growth.
National Association of College and University Business Officers
NACUBO, established in 1962, is the leader in addressing higher education's financial and business management issues.
National Center for Education Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations.
New England Association for
Schools and Colleges
Schools and Colleges NEASC
Founded in 1885, NEASC is the nation's oldest regional accrediting association. Its mission is establishing and maintaining high educational standards for pre-K to doctoral levels.
New England Consortium on
Assessment and Student
Formed in 2005, The New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL) is comprised of Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Middlebury, Smith, Trinity, and Wellesley. In collaboration with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NECASL been involved in an innovative assessment project exploring how students learn and how they make important decisions about their academic programs.
New England Women's and
Men's Athletic Conference
Formed in 1985, this conference consists of 10 institutions (Clark University, Babson College, MIT, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, US Coast Guard Academy, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, WPI) that share similar academic and athletic philosophies. NEWMAC sponsored sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. The teams compete against one another during the regular season to determine a conference champion who then represents the conference in the NCAA Tournament. Conference champions are also determined for individual sports through a season-ending championship.
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 13,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.
Twelve College Exchange  
Participants: Amherst, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and Wheaton. See "Twelve College Exchange" report on page 28.