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Welcome to the website of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, a voluntary association founded in 1899 by 53 delegates from Catholic colleges throughout the United States. Since then, the Association has grown fourfold to represent more than 90 percent of accredited Catholic institutions of higher learning in the United States, plus approximately two dozen international universities. The president/rector of each institution serves as its voting member.

ACCU’s location in Washington, DC facilitates productive partnerships with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational Association, and various other national Catholic agencies, just as ACCU’s residence at the National Center for Higher Education supports collaboration with other higher education associations. ACCU also works cooperatively with the secular and religious press to secure meaningful and accurate coverage of Catholic higher education.

ACCU’s principal purposes are to help member institutions strengthen their stated Catholic mission and to foster collaboration among Catholic colleges and universities. We welcome requests, suggestions, and opportunities to fulfill this purpose in creative, cost-effective ways. This site offers a number of resources for your use. If I or other members of the staff can assist you, please do not hesitate to call upon us. The best days of Catholic higher education lie ahead!

Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D.

Read a sample of news articles to which Michael Galligan-Stierle has contributed:

10/14/2016 Can adjunct unions find a place in Catholic higher ed? (National Catholic Reporter)
9/20/2016 Do we need priests to run Catholic colleges? (U.S. Catholic)
8/14/2016 To Grow, Catholic Colleges Broaden Horizons (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
5/18/2016 What to look for in a Catholic university? (Our Sunday Visitor)
1/23/2016 College Association Leader Says Batting Average on Catholic Identity 'Pretty Good' (Crux)
12/9/2015 Catholic Colleges Get Running Start on Year of Mercy (National Catholic Register)
11/4/2015 Duquesne University Names Law School Dean Ken Gormley As New President                   (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
9/8/2015 At Catholic Colleges Closest to D.C.'s Papal Visit, Leaders Size Up the 'Francis Effect' (WAMU)
2/11/2015 Cabrini College Hosts Day-long Forum To End Human Trafficking (Catholic Philly)

Presentations made by the ACCU president:

(all presentations are copyrighted by ACCU; unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited. For information about other past presentations, contact Jeff Gerlomes):

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