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Constituent Groups

Chief Academic Officers (CAO) of AAU universities meet each year to discuss a variety of educational issues help shape the association's agenda and policy positions. The group meets annually. 

Senior Research Officers (SRO) of AAU universities meet each year to identify and recommend action on issues related to the funding, conduct, and regulation of university research. The group meets annually. 

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. Graduate deans have participated in AAU activities since the association's founding in 1900. The group meets annually. 

Federal Relations Officers of AAU 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 (PAN), 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.

The STEM Network is the organization of faculty members and campus leaders who are advancing reforms to improve undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. The group meets annually. 

Chief Diversity Officers of AAU universities make up a constituent group to share best practices on external and institutional policy matters relevant to chief diversity officers at research universities. The group also provides input on federal advocacy, institutional practices and initiatives that support member efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion on their campuses. This group meets annually.

General Counsels of AAU universities are a constituent group to discuss federal legislative, regulatory, and external and institutional policy matters of concern to research universities. The group also provides proactive and reactive guidance and recommendations to AAU regarding the legal implications of such matters. This group meets annually.


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.

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.

AAU is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) and often coordinates its activities with other higher education organizations, particularly the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), 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.