The AAHE "envisions and articulates agendas for change; contributes to the knowledge of a diverse group of leaders committed to the systemic, long-term, cost-effective improvement of American higher education; provides forums in which individuals from a variety of positions and institutions, within and outside higher education, can engage in constructive conversations about difficult issues; identifies and advocates practices that help individuals benefit from their differences and succeed in learning; documents and promotes new concepts of scholarship, with particular emphasis on the nature of learning and the results of teaching; helps institutions develop their capacities to make the organizational, pedagogical, and other changes needed to achieve their evolving missions; [and] collaborates with individuals and organizations engaged in similar work."
"The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities."
The AAU develops national policy positions on issues that relate to academic research and graduate and professional education.
"...A national and international center for research and policy studies about teaching... With a focus on the scholarship of teaching, the Foundation seeks to generate discussion and promulgate sustainable, long-term changes in educational research, policy and practice. Foundation programs are designed to foster deep, significant, lasting learning for all students and to improve the ability of education to develop students' understanding, skills and integrity."
"EDUCAUSE is an international, nonprofit association whose mission is to help shape and enable transformational change in higher education through the introduction, use, and management of information resources and technologies in teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and institutional management. EDUCAUSE membership is open to institutions of higher education, corporations serving the higher education information technology market, and other related associations and organizations. EDUCAUSE programs include professional development activities, print and electronic publications, strategic/policy initiatives, research and development, and a wealth of online information services. Current membership includes more than 1,700 colleges, universities, and education organizations and more than 150 corporations."
"The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), founded in 1979, promotes the quality of academic advising in institutions of higher education. NACADA is dedicated to the support and professional growth of academic advisors and the advising profession. Through its publications, conferences and seminars, NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas regarding the role of advising in higher education."
"The POD fosters human development in higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development... [It] provide[s] support and services for its members through publications, conferences, consulting, and networking;... offer[s] services and resources to others interested in faculty development; and... fulfill[s] an advocacy role, nationally, seeking to inform and persuade educational leaders of the value of faculty, instructional, and organizational development in institutions of higher education."