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Chief Academic Officers


The CAO plays a unique role in advancing Catholic identity among academic staff. ACCU offers a variety of resources to help individuals in this role:

  • Strengthening Catholic Identity – CAOs: This short brochure summarizes the role of the CAO in advancing the Catholic identity of a college or university.
  • CAOs may be interested in Catholic Identity Mission Assessment (CIMA), a new initiative that will help ACCU member institutions understand how Catholic higher education adds distinct value to the student experience.
  • Each year, ACCU offers a conference specially designed for chief academic officers. Stimulating speakers and roundtable discussions at this gathering help attendees address contemporary needs. See below for information on the upcoming conference.


2020 Chief Academic Officers Conference

“The Relevance of Catholic Higher Education in the Face of Changing Demographics”

Stimulating speakers and small-group discussions at this gathering will help those leading academic efforts to address contemporary needs. Don't miss the opening presentation, in which panelists will address the new era of financial aid, shifts in student demographics, and the unique value proposition of Catholic identity. Also includes an orientation session for new CAOs!




More Resources for Chief Academic Officers

Support for Catholic Mission and Identity

Read about the programs and events that ACCU offers to support Catholic campus identity

Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Info about the Catholic Intellectual Tradition can assist anyone interested in the principles that underlie Catholic higher ed

Publications for CAOs

Find publications to enhance the classroom experience for faculty and students