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Established in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) is a United States organization comprising over 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations, and corporations. Molly Corbett Broad assumed the presidency of ACE in 2008.

The organization conducts public policy advocacy, research, and other initiatives related to key higher education issues, and plays a significant role in higher education leadership development.

The Council developed and continues to administer the General Educational Development testing program. The GED test measures whether a person has the academic skills and knowledge expected of high school graduates in the United States or Canada, thus allowing adults who lack a high school diploma to certify that they possess the equivalent of a traditional high school education.

The Council's ACE Fellows Program was established in 1965 to help prepare academicians, including vice presidents, deans, department chairs, and faculty, for senior leadership positions in American colleges and universities. There have been more than 1,500 participants since the program's inception, nearly 300 of whom have later served as chief executive officers in academic institutions.[1]

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The American Council on Education (ACE) is a United States organization, established in 1918, comprising over 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations, and corporations.

The organization conducts public policy advocacy, research, and other initiatives related to key higher education issues, and plays a significant role in higher education leadership development.

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Leadership

ACE’s President is Molly Corbett Broad, who has held the presidency since 2008.[1]

The board chair is John Sexton, President, New York University. Vice Chair/Chair-elect is Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College. Immediate Past Chair is Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida. Board Secretary is Leslie Wong, President of Northern Michigan University.

Programs and activities

The Council developed and continues to administer the General Educational Development testing program. The GED test measures whether a person has the academic skills and knowledge expected of high school graduates in the United States or Canada, thus allowing adults who lack a high school diploma to certify that they possess the equivalent of a traditional high school education.

Since 1965, hundreds of vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty and other emerging leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program, which prepares senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.[2]

ACE's Higher Education for Development (HED) program supports the worldwide development goals of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), primarily by coordinating the involvement of the U.S. higher education community in addressing international development challenges.[3]

ACE, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007. This multiyear, multimedia effort includes television, radio and outdoor public service advertisements that encourage 8th through 10th graders to prepare for college using four simple steps.[4]

Since 1945, ACE Military Programs have provided a collaborative link between the U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) and higher education through the review of military training and experiences for the award of equivalent college credits for members of the armed forces. Registrars, admissions officers, academic advisors, career counselors and DoD Voluntary Education professionals have a basis for recognizing military educational experiences in terms of civilian academic credit through the Military Guide Online.[5]

Since 1973, the Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) of the American Council on Education has provided national leadership in the advancement of women into executive positions and campus presidencies.[6]

History

In 1918, 14 higher education associations formed an emergency council to ensure the U.S. had a ready supply of technically trained military personnel in World War I. In July, it adopted the name “American Council on Education,” and invited institutions of higher education to join the Council.[7]

Some other highlights of the Council’s history include:

• 1942: ACE spearheaded the development of the GED program and the Military Evaluations Program for veterans who left school to serve in World War II. Two years later, ACE advocated the passage of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (also known as the G.I. Bill) to provide educational benefits to veterans.[8]

• 1948: Along with the Carnegie Foundation and the College Board, ACE founded the Educational Testing Service.[9]

• 1953: ACE established the Commission on the Education of Women to examine the role and levels of participation of women in higher education.[10]

• 1962: ACE formed the Committee on Equality of Educational Opportunity in response to issues raised by the integration of the University of Mississippi.[11]

• 1963: ACE helped found the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.[12]

• 1965: ACE was instrumental in the development and passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which funds most higher education programs, including student aid.[13]

• 1979: The U.S. Department of Education was founded. ACE played a major role in shaping and supporting the enabling legislation.[14]

• 2003: ACE files an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the University of Michigan during the affirmative action cases.[15]

• 2008: ACE was instrumental in the passage of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.[16]

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References

  1. ^ [1], Field, Kelly. “Molly Broad to Head American Council on Education”. The Chronicle of Higher Education Jan 15 2008.
  2. ^ [2],“ACE Fellows Program”. American Council on Education website.
  3. ^ [3],“Higher Education for Development”. American Council on Education website.
  4. ^ [4],“About Us”. KnowHow2GO website.
  5. ^ [5],“Military Programs”. American Council on Education website.
  6. ^ [6],“Office of Women in Higher Education”. American Council on Education website.
  7. ^ American Council on Education, “1991 Annual Report.” Washington, DC, p. 5.
  8. ^ ibid, p. 8.
  9. ^ ibid, p. 9.
  10. ^ ibid, p. 10.
  11. ^ ibid, p. 12.
  12. ^ ibid, p. 12.
  13. ^ ibid, p. 13.
  14. ^ ibid, p. 17.
  15. ^ [7] “American Council on Education Files Amicus Brief with Supreme Court in Support of the University of Michigan”. American Council on Education website.
  16. ^ [8] American Council on Education, “2008 Annual Report.” p. 59

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