Founded in 1916, AERA is concerned with research in the field of education, and with disseminating and applying research results. It is open to individuals and to non-university research institutions, as well as institutions of higher education.
"The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) was established in 1968 as an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. AESA is a society primarily comprised of college and university professors who teach and research in the field of education utilizing one or more of the liberal arts disciplines of philosophy, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or economics as well as comparative/international and cultural studies. The purpose of social foundations study is to bring intellectual resources derived from these areas to bear in developing interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education, both inside of and outside of schools." (From the AESA website under "About AESA")
"Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. ... Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools." (From the "About Us" section of The College Board website)
"The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Inc., was founded in 1956 to foster cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. The Society's members include nearly 2500 academics, practitioners, and students from around the world [, whose work is based on] ... cross-disciplinary interests and expertise as historians, sociologists, economists, psychologists, anthropologists, and educators. The Society also includes approximately 1000 institutional members, primarily academic libraries and international organizations." (From the "About CIES" section of the CIES website)
In 1947, CIEE was founded under the name Council on Student Travel (CST) to facilitate student exchange programs between the United States and Europe. In 1967, CST changed its name to the one it now holds. Its programs have broadened over time and now include "study abroad, teach abroad, high school study, and gap year programs; international faculty development seminars; summer work and travel exchanges; internships; professional training programs; and volunteer opportunities." (From the CIEE website)
"ETS conducts assessment and policy research and develops assessments and related services to advance quality and equity in learning worldwide. Our work falls into five broad areas of expertise: Research[,] Assessment development[,] Test administration[,] Test scoring[,] [and] Instructional products and services." Founded 1947. (From the "What We Do" section of the ETS website)
The History of Education Society, founded in 1960, is "an international scholarly society devoted to promoting and teaching the history of education across institutions." (From the History of Education Society website)
The NEA began in 1857 as (mainly) an organization of public school administrators in rural and small-town America. By 1957, it started to represent public school teachers more, especially after it merged in 1966 with the American Teachers Association (ATA), which was the major organization representing teachers working in African American public schools. Today, it is incorporated as a labor union in many states and as a professional organization in a few others. Efforts to merge the NEA into the AFL (American Federation of Labor) have had mixed success. The NEA is not merged with the AFL at the national level, but mergers between the NEA and the AFL have gone through in 5 states: Florida, Minnesota, Montana, New York, and North Dakota. Currently, the NEA has over 3 million members and is a major voice for education below the college & university level.
"The mission of the American Association of University Administrators is to develop and advance superior standards for the profession of higher education administration. Through its policy statements, programs, and services the Association emphasizes the responsibility of administrators, at all levels, to demonstrate moral and ethical leadership in the exercise of all their duties." Founded in 1970. (From the AAUA website)
PURPOSE: The AAUP mission is " to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good." (from the AAUP website)
STRUCTURE: The AAUP has 3 interlocking parts: a professional association (AAUP); a labor union (AAUP-CBC); and a foundation (AAUP foundation).
HISTORY: The AAUP was founded in 1915 by John Dewey (who was also a founding member of the New School) and Arthur Lovejoy.
MEMBERSHIP: The AAUP currently has approximately 47,000 members.
Founded in 1881, "The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls." ( From the "Who We Are" section of the AAUW website)
"The mission of ACAD is to provide academic leaders who share a commitment to student learning and to the ideals of liberal education with networking and professional development opportunities and to support them in their work as educational leaders." Founded 1945. (From the ACAD website)
With more than 1700 institutional members from colleges and universities of all types, ACE is the major representative of higher education to members of Congress in Washington, D.C. and is especially involved in making its voice heard in Federal policy debates on education. Founding date: 1918.
"The Association for Continuing Higher Education is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. As an organization of colleges, universities, and
individuals, we encourage professional development, research and exchange of information for its members and continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society." Founded in 1939. (From the ACHE website)
AAC&U organizes its work around four broad goals: Liberal education as a global necessity, quality, equity, & social responsibility. Founded in 1915, it numbers among its 1300+ members higher education institutions of all types.
Founded in 1978, "ABWHE is committed to aiding Black women in the academy in fulfilling their own aspirations as well as encouraging black youth to pursue their education." (From the history section of the ABWHE website)
" The purposes of the Association [established in November, 1982] are to:
Provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels,
Improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education,
Establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders,
Cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests."
(From the "About AIEA" section of the AIEA website)
"Originally known as the Council for Financial Aid to Education, CAE was established in New York in 1952 by a group of executives under the leadership of Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. (General Motors) to advance corporate support for higher education. Their goal was to increase the number of citizens who went to college." ... "CAE was the first organization in the US to regularly provide national statistics on private giving to higher education." (From the "History" section of the CAE website)
"Founded in 1998, the Council on Law in Higher Education (CLHE) is an independent nonprofit organization designed for higher education leaders that want to stay informed of public policy and legal issues." (From the CLHE website)
"IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide. We accomplish this by: managing scholarships, training, [and] exchange and leadership programs[;] conducting research and facilitating policy dialogue on global higher education[; and by] protecting scholarship around the world." (From the IIE website)
Originally known as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA), this organization, founded in 1948, exists to "promote the professional development of U.S. college and university officials responsible for assisting and advising" ...foreign students.
Since it was founded in 1976, the "National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education." (from NAICU's website).