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American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities.  ACE is located based in Washington D.C. They represent nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and the executives at related associations, and are the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private.

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC& U) is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. AAC & U is located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises nearly 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is a non-profit national organization whose purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, and to define professional values and standards for higher education. Membership is open to all faculty, librarians, and academic professionals at two- and four-year accredited public and private colleges and universities. Current membership is about 45,000, and represented in 39 state organizations.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is an international research society, with over 25,000 members, headquartered in Washington, D.C. that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is a scholarly society with about 2,000 members headquartered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, dedicated to higher education as a field of study.

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), located at the University of Melbourne, is the leading policy center in Australia and Asia. CSHE and the Pullias Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of encouraging joint projects focusing on enhancing higher education.

Research Links

Duke Libraries Guide to Research: Citing Sources
A great reference for fast assistance with bibliographic formatting questions. The site offers easy access to information on APA, Chicago style, and MLA.

OWL Purdue: Citing Sources
The site offers access to writing resources on MLA and APA.

Google Scholar:
Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC):
An online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Foundation Links

The Ahmanson Foundation, based in Beverly Hills, incorporated as a private foundation in the State of California in 1952, was established by financier Howard F. Ahmanson, and his wife Dorothy. Its corpus was augmented in later years by his two nephews Robert H. Ahmanson and William H. Ahmanson. The Foundation’s broad purpose, as stated in the articles of incorporation, is to administer funds for charitable, scientific, educational, literary, and religious purposes, all for the public welfare.

The Angell Foundation, based in Los Angeles, builds upon the charitable promise of David and Lynn Angell by promoting and advancing high-impact programs that help people empower themselves. The Angell Foundation pursues this mission by helping people achieve self-sufficiency and well-being by providing them with basic necessities and economic stability in the areas of Food Security, Postsecondary Success and Career Readiness and Spirituality.

College Futures Foundation, based in San Francisco, believes improving college achievement is central to California’s future, and that college success should be an option for every student. They work to remove systemic and institutional barriers to college degrees, enabling students to access the knowledge, financial aid, and other resources they need to complete their degrees on time and choose their own futures.

ECMC Foundation, based in Los Angeles, has their mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. The Foundation makes investments in three focus areas: Teacher and Leader Development, College Success, and Career Readiness. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle, works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in schools and life.

The James Irvine Foundation, based in Los Angeles, is pursuing their mission, guided by the goals of expanding: Economic opportunity so more California families and young adults are self-sufficient and Political opportunity so more low-income Californians are engaged and have influence.

Lumina Foundation for Education is a private, independent foundation based in Indianapolis. Their program mission is to expand access and success in postsecondary education. Through research, evaluation and grants for innovative programs, as well as communication, public policy and leadership-development initiatives, they address issues that affect access and educational
attainment—particularly among underserved student groups, including adult learners.

The Riordan Foundation, based in Los Angeles provides students, especially those in low-income communities, with access to a high-quality education that will prepare them to compete successfully in the 21st Century. They invest in four categories of education reform:  classroom innovation, literacy, leadership development, and community programs.

The Spencer Foundation, established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer is based in Chicago. Their program began formal grant making in 1971. Since that time, the Foundation has made grants totaling nearly $500 million. The Foundation pursues its mission by awarding research grants and fellowships and by strengthening the connections among education research, policy and practice through its communications and networking activities.

The Teagle Foundation, established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle, is based in New York, NY. The foundation works to support and strengthen liberal arts education by serving as a catalyst for the
improvement of teaching and learning, while addressing issues of financial sustainability and accountability in higher education. They work collaboratively with grantees to mobilize the
intellectual and financial resources necessary to provide students with a challenging and transformative educational experience.