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  • 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.
  • American Associaton of University Professors (AAUP)
    The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
    (Not a teaching/learning association but deals with related issues). The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
  • Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL)
    The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL, pronounced "able") is a non-profit, professional organization whose mission is to deepen learning and to transform institutions with electronic portfolios and other learner-centered technologies online that support lifelong, 21st Century educational and career growth. Holds annual conference.
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
    The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where educational change is underway. AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.
  • Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
    (Not a teaching and learning association per se but addresses related issues). AIR is the world's largest professional organization for institutional researchers. AIR provides educational resources, best practices, and professional-development opportunities for its more than 4,000 members.
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
    The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), founded in 1981, is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application. AACE serves the profession with international conferences, high quality publications, leading-edge Digital Library, Career Center, and other opportunities for professional growth.
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
    ASHE is a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study. It is committed to diversity in its programs and membership, and has enjoyed extraordinary success in involving graduate students in Association activities.
    The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) promotes collaboration among its members and others engaged in the study of higher education through research, conferences, and publications, including its highly regarded journal, The Review of Higher Education. ASHE values rigorous scholarly approaches to the study of higher education and practical applications of systemic inquiry.
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
    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 nearly 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
    The British Educational Research Association is a member-led organisation dedicated to supporting educational researchers and promoting high quality research in education. It seeks to enhance the field of study, the growth of public knowledge and critical understanding, and the application of findings for the improvement of educational policy and practice.
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE)  
    The purpose of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) to promote scholarship related to postsecondary education through publications and scholarly conferences.
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
    Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center. Improving teaching and learning has always been Carnegie’s motivation and heritage.
  • Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning, Michigan State University
    Michigan State University’s Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning (CRCSTL) promotes MSU science faculty’s involvement in research on instructional design, implementation and assessment of student learning outcomes in college science. The goal of this research is to establish national and internationally recognized leadership in research on college students’ learning of science.
  • Center for Teaching and Learning, American Public University System
  • Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD), University of Manitoba
    Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) is Canada's leading institution dedicated to scholarship and the professional development of faculty and administration in post-secondary education. CHERD was established in 1987 and offers regional and national courses, programs, seminars, and workshops.
  • CIRTL Network (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning)
    The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation. It is based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    Established in fall 2006, the CIRTL Network was comprised of Howard University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Vanderbilt University. The Network now includes 23 research universities across the nation including the University of Maryland.
  • COIL (Center for Online Innovation in Learning)
    The Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) engages the University’s extensive research enterprise to improve online learning at and beyond Penn State. The core mission of COIL is to guide the transformation of teaching and learning processes by supporting researchers who invent, investigate, implement the effects of technologically enhanced learning environments.
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
    The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.
  • Education Policy Institute
    Education at both the compulsory and postsecondary levels is an important public concern for citizens of all countries on all continents. Education remains one of the largest budget items for governments, and the increasing cost of educating our youth is a concern in times of constricted public budgets. Policymakers require better tools and information in order to make prudent decisions about how best to spend taxpayer funds and also serve the public in the best manner possible. So at EPI we focus on trying to conduct research that can arm policymakers with better information and serve society to the best of their ability. Started by Dr. Watson Scott Swail in 2002.
    EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
    EARLI exists to support and promote an active research culture in the field of learning and instruction. EARLI enables about 2800 members from 56 countries to engage in critical dialogue. They systematically exchange and discuss ideas on instructional and educational research, as well as on research on industrial training. For these scholars, drawn from all parts of Europe and many parts of the world, EARLI provides a platform to contribute to current debates. Through its networks, activities and the publication of journals and book series, EARLI promotes both international and interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)
    The European Distance and E-Learning Network exists to share knowledge and improve understanding amongst professionals in distance and e-learning and to promote policy and practice across the whole of Europe and beyond.
    With more than 200 institutional members and over 1200 members in the Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP), EDEN assists a wide range of institutions, networks and individuals to become involved in professional information and networking activities. It does so through the organisation of acknowledged European conferences, its publications and information services, and by taking an active role in a wide range of important EU projects. In addition, EDEN has also provided extensive secretarial support to the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning
  • Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum (HEDW)
    The Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum (HEDW) is a network of higher education colleagues dedicated to promoting the sharing of knowledge and best practices regarding knowledge management in colleges and universities, including building data warehouses, developing institutional reporting strategies, and providing decision support.

    The Forum meets once a year and sponsors a series of listservs to promote communication among technical developers and administrators of data access and reporting systems, data custodians, institutional researchers, and consumers of data representing a variety of internal university audiences.
  • Higher Education Research Institute/Cooperative Institute Research Program
    The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is a national longitudinal study of the American higher education system. It is regarded as the most comprehensive source of information on college students. It is based at HERI at the University of California Los Angeles.

    Established in 1966 at the American Council on Education, the CIRP is now the nation's largest and oldest empirical study of higher education, involving data on some 1,900 institutions, over 15 million students, and more than 300,000 faculty. CIRP surveys have been administered by the Higher Education Research Institute since 1973. The CIRP longitudinal program consists of the Freshman Survey (TFS) , Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey, Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE), and the College Senior Survey (CSS).
  • IDEA Center
    The IDEA Center is a nonprofit organization in Manhattan, KS whose mission is to serve colleges and universities committed to improving learning, teaching, and leadership performance. The Center supports the evaluation and development of both programs and people. The emphasis of The IDEA Center always remains on improving teaching, learning, and the higher education process.
  • Institute for Higher Education (University of Georgia)
    The Institute of Higher Education is an academic unit of the University of Georgia committed to advancing higher education policy, management, and leadership through research, graduate education, and outreach. The Institute's mission encompasses higher education issues at the campus, state, national, and international levels.
  • International Association for Statistical Education
    The International Association for Statistical Education functions as the international umbrella organization for statistics education. It seeks to improve statistics education at all levels from elementary (primary) school through to the training of professionals, and to increase the uptake of statistics education world wide. IASE fosters international cooperation, and stimulates discussion and research. It disseminates ideas, strategies, research findings, materials and information using publications, international conferences, and increasingly, this website.
  • International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED)
    ICED, The International Consortium for Educational Development, promotes educational and academic development in higher education world-wide. ICED is a network whose members are themselves national organisations or networks concerned with promoting good practice in higher education. The ICED Council is formed by Presidents, or their representatives, of a country’s academic staff development network(s).
  • International Forum of Educational Technology & Society
    The International Forum of Educational Technology and Society (IFETS) encourages discussions on the issues affecting the educational system developer (including AI) and education communities. While recognising that this brief might be seen as too broad, it is proposed to conduct multiple discussion threads on more specific topics. This approach helps in developing specific aspects concerning the design and implementation of integrated learning environments while sharpening the overall vision about the purpose and processes of education. The discussions are aimed to be definitive and helpful in reaching some conclusions. The discussions are structured in the form of problem definition, fixed term discussions focusing towards some conclusive end. The conclusions are then put in concrete form for public dissemination.
  • International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL)  
    Founded in 2010 by Patrick Blessinger, the aim of HETL is to bring together higher education professionals and thought leaders from around the world to dialogue, network, and collaborate on issues relevant to teaching and learning in higher education. Publishes the International HETL Review, an online, free, open access journal, as well as the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE), apeer-reviewed, published by Emerald.
  • International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning
    The purposes of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning are to encourage the study of instruction and principles of learning in order to implement practical, effective methods of teaching and learning; promote the application, development, and evaluation of such methods; and foster the scholarship of teaching and learning among practicing post-secondary educators. Society members are drawn from the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, nursing, business, education, and other disciplines and share a commitment to improving the quality of their teaching and the quality of their students' learning.
  • International Society For The Scholarship Of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)
    Maintains great links page with links to international organizations for teaching and learning and a list of publications on teaching and learning in higher education
  • Learning Support Centers in Higher Education
    On this web portal, you can review the history of learning support centers in higher education along with relevant definitions of learning assistance. You also can learn about the history and philosophy of the Winter Institute, considered by many as the premier professional learning experience for learning support center personnel. Included on this portal are full-text articles based on past Winter Institute keynote addresses and presentations
  • National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)
    For over 30 years, the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) and its members have helped learners at all levels of preparedness realize their full academic potential. We encourage you to explore this site to learn more about developmental education; our professional association; and our services to learners, members, and educational institutions.
  • National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT)
    The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in using information technology to redesign learning environments to produce better learning outcomes for students at a reduced cost to the institution. NCAT is headed by Dr. Carol A. Twigg, an internationally recognized expert in the field. The NCAT staff has extensive experience in higher education as faculty members, administrators and researchers in both traditional and non-traditional higher education environments.
  • National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (Southwestern University, TX)
    The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) helps liberal arts colleges and universities integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology. We work with our member institutions to enrich undergraduate education and strengthen the liberal arts tradition. Established in 2001, NITLE is the key organization for liberal arts colleges and universities seeking to engage students in the unique learning experience that liberal education provides and to use technology strategically to advance the liberal arts mission. It is headquartered at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
  • National Organization for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)
    Created in 1978 with initial grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership. NISOD supports excellence in teaching and leadership at its member colleges each week by distributing professional development materials such as Innovation Abstracts to its members. NISOD is the outreach organization of the community college doctoral concentration in the Program in Higher Education Leadership within the Department of Educational Administration at U-Texas-Austin.
  • National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
    Building upon its history of excellence as the founder and leader of the first-year experience movement, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves education professionals by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. We achieve this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical and scholarly information as well as the discussion of trends and issues in our field through the convening of conferences and other professional development events such as institutes, workshops, and online learning opportunities; publication of scholarly practice books, research reports, a peer-reviewed journal, electronic newsletters, and guides; generating, supporting, and disseminating research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and maintaining several online channels for resource sharing and communication.
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    NEASC's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) is the regional accrediting body for 243 colleges and universities in New England and eleven overseas institutions. A total of 239 institutions are accredited members; four institutions are in candidacy (a pre-accreditation status).

    The Commission consists of elected faculty and administrators from member institutions, as well as members of the general public. It is served by a staff of ten individuals led by Dr. Barbara Brittingham.
  • New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN)
    The mission of the New England Educational Assessment Network is to promote quality assessment of student learning and development, and thus to enhance the effectiveness of institutions of higher education.
  • North American Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (NCSPOD)
    NCSPOD was formed in 1977 with assistance from the Fund for the Improvement in Secondary Education and is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The vision for the organization came from faculty, staff, and program development practitioners in community colleges throughout the country. They had a mutual need for developing their knowledge and skills for sharing information and experiences in a developing field. They felt that this could best happen through a formal network as an association would give credibility to the staff, program, and organizational development movement.
  • Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
    The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education, conducts and disseminates research and policy analysis to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. The Pell Institute is the first research institute to specifically examine the issues affecting educational opportunity for this growing population. Click here to learn more about the Pell Institute, including our mission, purpose, goals, and history.
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD Network)  
    The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education. Founded in 1975, POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth.
  • Sloan Consortium: Individuals, Institutions, and Organizations Committed to Online Education
    The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is the leading professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education learning into the mainstream of education through its community. Sloan-C is dedicated to providing access to high quality e-Education to individuals, institutions, professional societies and the corporate community. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), member-sustained organization.
  • Society for Research into Higher Education
    The Society for Research into Higher Education is a UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship. The Society aims to be the leading international society in the field, as to both the support and the dissemination of research.
  • Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)/La société pour l’avancement de pédagogie dans l’enseignement supérieur (SAPES)
    STLHE strives to be the pre-eminent national voice, and a world leader, for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. STLHE supports research, its dissemination, increased awareness, and application of research through scholarly teaching and learning.
  • Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
    SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. SEDA is seen by many as the shaper of thought and initiator of action in staff and educational development, not only in the UK but in the international domain also.
    SEDA can offer you and your university the opportunity to be part of a national network of people engaged in staff and educational development. This allows you to keep abreast of good practice and policy initiatives, while playing a part in shaping the future and contributing to national debate.
  • is a non-profit center for the study of student persistence in postsecondary education. A division of the Educational Policy Institute, an international think tank on educational opportunity, was launched in spring 2005 to support the needs of international educators, administrators, researchers, and policymakers looking for answers to the complex problems of student departure. It is our intent to create a one-stop shop for information and strategies related to student retention.
  • Taishoff Center for Inclusive Education at Syracuse University
    The Taishoff Center is committed to inclusive higher educational opportunities for students with disabilities, particularly students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The directors have more than sixty combined years of educational research supporting inclusive education and educational rights. Partnered with Syracuse University, the Taishoff Center offers support, research, training, and resources to individuals, families, and college campus communities looking for strategies to foster and support college students with disabilities. The Center also provides information about parents’ rights in higher education, universal design for courses, accommodations for specific types of disabilities, and other disability-related resources.
  • The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (University of South Carolina)
    The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves as the trusted expert, internationally recognized leader, and clearinghouse for scholarship, policy, and best practice for all postsecondary student transitions. The following statements of mission and core commitments provide a foundation for these activities and guide the Center's efforts.
  • The TLT Group (Teaching and Learning with Technology)
    The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. The TLT Group also sponsors a weekly webinar series every Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. called the Friday Live! series.

    Newer, better, faster technology doesn’t automatically lead to better learning and teaching. That’s why the TLT Group believes in approaching technology "people first." With over ten years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of colleges and universities use and adapt to technology in ways that support teaching and learning, value the time and experience of staff and faculty and make the most of tight budgets and resources
  • Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education
    The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC) is a consortium of thirteen institutions of higher education, including four community colleges, four public colleges and universities, four private and a National Defense University. In addition, VTC has two associate and affiliate members. Established in 1973, the Virginia Tidewater Consortium enhances the educational opportunities for nearly 150,000 students currently attending our member institutions.

    The purpose of the Consortium is to coordinate and facilitate higher education services in the Tidewater region in order to provide maximum educational opportunities for the citizens of the area.
  • Washington Center: The National Resource Center for Learning Communities
    The Washington Center, a public service center of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, is a statewide resource for two- and four-year higher education institutions with a national reach and a sustained record of educational reform.
  • Wiley Learning Institute
    Subscription-based. Wiley Learning Institute advances and supports online professional development for higher education faculty and campus leaders. Through an unlimited access subscription to professional development content, faculty and chairs can attend interactive, live events led by higher education thought leaders; access an entire library of on-demand workshops, and connect with peers, Jossey-Bass authors, and thought leaders through an online community space.

    Through partnerships with college and university systems, campuses, and faculty development centers, Wiley Learning Institute enables faculty to excel in their work, fulfill the education mission of their institutions, and provide additional opportunities to enhance teaching and learning. With a Wiley Learning Institute subscription, get an entire year of unlimited access to on-demand workshops, live workshops, free chapters, and other resources from a rich library of professional development content.

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