The following is a message from the presidents and chancellors of the Association of American Universities expressing their gratitude to all university communities as they lead the fight against COVID-19:
As the presidents and chancellors of America’s leading research universities we are deeply grateful for, and proud of, the physicians, nurses, researchers, scientists, faculty, staff, and students at our institutions. During these challenging times our university communities are healing and comforting those who are ill, searching for cures and treatments, advising policymakers on the immensely consequential decisions they are making, and adapting to an upended world. Together we are helping our fellow Americans in ways large and small.
We also thank our students, parents, alumni, donors, and our fellow Americans for your continued trust in us. Your investment in our institutions is paying dividends as we fight COVID-19 in laboratories and hospitals; teach students in every town, city, and state; and contribute to our local, regional, and national economies.
America’s leading research universities play a unique and powerful role in our nation’s health and well-being. We are proud to be on the same team.
Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities is composed of America’s leading research universities. AAU’s 65 research universities transform lives through education, research, and innovation.
Our member universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for research that improves public health, seeks to address national challenges, and contributes significantly to our economic strength, while educating and training tomorrow’s visionary leaders and innovators.
AAU member universities collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education; and strengthen the contributions of leading research universities to American society.