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Research university group AAU adds six members

Research university group AAU adds six members

Higher Ed Dive

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
June 1, 2023
Dive Brief:
  • The Association of American Universities, a highly selective organization representing research institutions, has added six colleges to its ranks, it announced this week.
  • Arizona State University, George Washington University, the University of California, Riverside, the University of Miami, the University of Notre Dame and the University of South Florida accepted invitations to join AAU.
  • This brings the number of AAU institutions up to 71, including 69 U.S. colleges and two Canadian universities, McGill University and the University of Toronto.
Dive Insight:
AAU’s membership roster has long been a source of tension in the higher ed world. Critics have said it is exclusionary, though it wields significant lobbying influence. In recent years, the organization has tended to add more institutions while cycling out members, including by pressuring them to leave.
This was the case in 2001 when Stony Brook University and Texas A&M University, joined AAU while Clark University, in Massachusetts, and Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., left around the same time.
At the time, the two departing institutions said they could not meet the research standards AAU set for its members.
In a statement, AAU President Barbara Snyder praised the group’s new members, calling attention to Arizona State’s and UC Riverside’s status as Hispanic-serving institutions. UC Riverside also serves large shares of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students.
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