HED engages the expertise of the higher education community to address development needs worldwide and operates with the advice and counsel of six major U.S. higher education associations. HED welcomes the collaboration and involvement of their member institutions in addressing international development issues.

  • The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national organization representing the nation's close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges and their more than 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education, currently enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more information about AACC and community colleges nationwide. (www.aacc.nche.edu)
  • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. (www.aascu.org)
  • The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an association of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. AAU was organized to develop and implement effective national and institutional policies supporting research and scholarship, graduate, professional, and undergraduate education, and public service in research universities. AAU universities award more than one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering. (www.aau.edu)
  • Founded in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. (www.acenet.edu)
  • Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 219 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations. APLU is the nation's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. Annually, member campuses enroll more than 3.8 million undergraduates and 1.2 million graduate students, award more than 1 million degrees, employ nearly 1 million faculty and staff, and conduct more than $37 billion in university-based research. (www.aplu.org)
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the unified voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. With more than 1,000 members nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges and universities, women's colleges, performing and visual arts institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. (www.naicu.edu)