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Our Mission

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. 

To achieve these ends the Association provides, through programs and services, opportunities for the professional development of its members, whether they be employed by colleges, universities, specialized institutions, or professional associations.



Membership in AAUA is open to any individual interested in higher education leadership and administration. The AAUA membership includes presidents, deans, directors, department chairpersons, and individuals working in a variety of other administrative positions. A special membership category is open to individuals retired from the profession, and another serves students preparing for careers in university administration.

The association works actively to:

  • Promote the professional development of individuals engaged in the administration of higher education.
  • Establish ethical and professional standards for administrators and institutions of higher education.
  • Cultivate the mutuality of interests of those engaged in or concerned with the administration of higher education.
  • Represent locally or nationally the interests of members of AAUA in the affairs of institutions of higher education.

AAUA has developed and promoted a widely-respected policy document: AAUA "Ethical Principles for College and University Administrators." The Association publishes a quarterly member newsletter, Communiqué.

Each year the Association sponsors a "think-tank type" leadership seminar that enrolls a wide range of practitioner administrators and students of higher education from a variety of institutional types, including a significant international participation.

While membership in AAUA is individually focused, the association does provide for institutionally-supported memberships, with discounted rates to academic institutions that sponsor five or more members. (See our membership for more information).


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