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AAU Constituent Group

Chief Academic Officers of AAU universities meet annually. Their discussions on a variety of educational issues help shape the association's agenda and policy positions.

Senior Research Officers of AAU institutions meet each year to identify and recommend action on issues related to the funding, conduct, and regulation of university research.

Graduate Deans of AAU universities form the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS), which provides a forum for addressing graduate education issues and advises AAU on graduate education policy. The AGS meets annually.  Graduate deans have participated in AAU activities since the association's founding in 1900.

AAU Arts and Sciences Deans meet each year to share ideas on issues related to academic leadership, faculty development, academic program effectiveness, and resource management.

Federal Relations Officers
from member universities make up the Council on Federal Relations (CFR).  The CFR meets monthly and assists in developing and implementing the association's federal relations agenda.

Public Affairs Officers of AAU universities participate in the Public Affairs Network, which promotes coordination of public affairs and federal relations activities on campuses and serves as a forum for sharing public affairs strategies.  The group meets annually.

AAU Partners is the organization of partners (spouses) of AAU presidents and chancellors, which meets twice a year at the regular membership meetings to share information and address issues related to the myriad roles of the Partner on campus.

Institutional Research Officers at AAU universities are organized through the AAU Data Exchange (AAUDE) to collect and share data on a wide range of university activities.  AAU and AAUDE collaborate on a number of issues to inform AAU policy positions and reports.

Affiliations

AAU is a member of the American Council on Education and often coordinates its activities with other higher education organizations, particularly the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A·P·L·U), the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR).

In matters of national science and research policy, AAU is actively involved with a broad cross-section of other interested organizations, including the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and other groups and professional societies.