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News from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities


It’s That Time of Year Again

THANK YOU to our ACCU member institutions that have renewed their membership for the 2020-21 academic year! We're excited to have your college, university, or organization continue to be a part of our ACCU community. 

Still need to renew your membership? The President's Office may do so online at the ACCU Membership webpage. Please note that renewals are due by June 30, 2020. Feel free to reach out to with any questions or needed assistance.


Updated Data on Catholic Higher Ed

ACCU members can see how their institution compares to other U.S. Catholic colleges on a number of key indicators, using new infographics presented by the association.

Using data from sources such as the federal IPEDS database, ACCU has updated statistics showing student enrollment figures, graduation rates, average amount of financial aid, loan default rates, and more. Revised infographics include:

  • Five Facts About Catholic Higher Education
  • Five Facts About Hispanics and Latinos at Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Five Facts About Catholic Higher Education Presidents

A fourth infographic, Why Choose Catholic Higher Education, uses key metrics to show the value of the sector, including its higher rate of student retention, relative to the national average.

Find all the facts and figures on the ACCU Data & Infographics webpage.

ACCU is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Catholic Campus Ministry Association

Universidad AnĂ¡huac, Mexico
University of Makeni, Sierra Leone


How Does Your Institution Promote Relationship Safety? 

Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of female victims of abuse (47%) and more than one-third of male victims (39%) are between 18 and 24 years of age when they first experience violence by an intimate partner? This means that colleges have the opportunity to treat and even help prevent relationship abuse and violence among this population.   

Sharon O'Brien, director of Catholics for Family Peace in the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America, is writing an article for the fall edition of Update. She will identify ways to observe the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month that is recognized each year in October. 

If you would like O'Brien to know what your college or university is doing to help promote relationship safety, please reach out to her. You may email her by July 15th at


2020 Census: Make Sure Your Students Are Counted

ACCU is happy to be working with representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau to promote participation in the 2020 census, which has significant implications for community services and social justice.

Results of the 2020 Census will determine how many representatives each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and serve as the basis for redistricting at the local, state, and federal levels. Census statistics are also used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination. In addition, the data collected from the census will help local, state, and federal officials decide how to spend billions of dollars in federal funds every year for the next 10 years on vital public services like healthcare, education, and transportation. 2020Census

In fact, several major federal programs that help colleges and their students use Census Bureau data to inform funding decisions. Among those programs are (1) Pell Grants for college students. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education spent nearly $30 billion to subsidize college tuition for students in need of financial assistance nationwide; and (2) aid for land-grant and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

College students count, too, whether living on campus or in off-campus housing. ACCU encourages its member campuses to ensure that students are counted according to the guidelines of the Census Bureau. More information is available online.