American Association of Colleges & Universities
(AAC&U) is a strong advocate of general education in America. Its website contains a wealth of information about general education, liberal education, curriculum, and global learning.
AAC&U Home: http://www.aacu.org/
AAC&U General Education:
AAC&U Global Learning:
Greater Expectations (GEx)
GEx is a multi-year initiative to articulate the aims of a 21st century
liberal education and identify comprehensive, innovative models that improve learning for all undergraduate students. GEx plans to help develop learner-centered campus programs in liberal education, and will link promising practices in higher education and secondary school reform. From its website, you can download or order a copy of the Greater Expectations Report.
GEx Home: http://www.greaterexpectations.org/
American University Accrediting Associations
American University Accrediting Associations are a good source of information about
American GE Standards. There are six major U.S. accrediting associations. The link following
the name of each association will take you to a downloadable “Handbook” that contains that
association’s GE standards.
Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools - Commission on Higher Education
Accredits institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, & Virgin Islands.
GE Standards: http://www.msche.org/publications/CHX06060320124919.pdf
New England Association of Schools & Colleges - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Accredits institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island,
GE Standards: http://www.neasc.org/cihe/standards_for_accreditation_2005.pdf
North Central Association of Colleges & Schools - Higher Learning Commission
Accredits institutions in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota,
West Virginia, Wisconsin, & Wyoming.
GE Standards: http://www.ncahlc.org/download/Handbook03.pdf
Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities
Accredits institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, & Washington.
GE Standards*: http://www.nwccu.org/Standards%20and%20Policies/Accreditation%20
* Select STANDARD 2: “Education Program and Its Effectiveness.”
Southern Association of Colleges & Schools - Commission on Colleges
Accredits institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, & Virginia.
GE Standards: http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/PrinciplesOfAccreditation.PDF
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Accredits institutions in California, Hawaii, & the Pacific.
GE Standards: http://www.wascsenior.org/wasc/News-Events/NewandRevisedPolicies.htm