As the voice of Catholic higher education, ACCU routinely speaks with and on behalf of its more than 200 member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The association represents the interests of Catholic higher education when interacting with Church officials, policy makers, others in the higher education community, and the media.
ACCU in the News
A sample of media stories to which ACCU contributed appears below.
ACCU also promotes news about its members.
Press Releases & Statements
ACCU issues press releases and public statements on critical issues affecting Catholic higher education, as necessary. Recent statements appear below.
1/29/2017 ACCU Statement on Recent Executive Order by the President
Download the news release about this statement, which includes the names of ACCU member presidents who have signed to express their opposition to the Executive Order.
As the voice of Catholic higher education, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities expresses its strong opposition to the Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump concerning U.S. immigration policy. We stand in solidarity with other Catholic and higher education organizations that recognize the moral obligation of our country to assist migrants, particularly those who are fleeing any kind of persecution.
In referring to the order’s halt of refugee admissions, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, stated, "Pope Francis has said that “authentic hospitality is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.” As ACCU gathers this weekend in Washington, DC to celebrate the value of diversity within Catholic higher education, we reaffirm the commitment of our institutions to creating inclusive, welcoming campus environments that embrace people of all faiths and cultures. Catholic higher education was founded precisely to serve the children of Catholic immigrants who in their own time were excluded from higher education. This is a legacy that we proudly pledge to continue.
(Read Catholic Social Teaching on immigration...)
Read Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada issues statement opposing Executive Order...
1/23/2017 Association President Receives Highest Honor from Alma Mater
ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle received the 2017 Founders' Award from his alma mater, for "dedicating his life to the service of others as a teacher, campus minister, and in his current position" as head of the association.
11/30/2016 Catholic Higher Education Leaders Affirm Support of Undocumented Students
Read the statement signed by more than 120 presidents of ACCU member colleges and universities.