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CAA Committees

An Introduction to the CAA and its Committees

The Council consists of the chief academic officers of member institutions and engages its members to address on issues such as: teaching and learning; academic programs; resource allocation; and the research, service, and economic development missions of member institutions. It currently has six committees, which consider these topics:  access, diversity, and success; the economics of higher education and institutional quality and effectiveness; faculty; innovations in learning; research and graduate education; and undergraduate education.

Committees and their topic areas

  • Committee on Access, Diversity and Success - (Chair: Kathy Johnson, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis)
    The demographics of current and prospective students are changing. Universities must provide access to a more diverse population, adapt the curriculum and how it is taught, and offer appropriate support to assure that students successfully complete meaningful degrees.

  • Economics, Quality, and Effectiveness - (Chair: Jacqueline Huntoon, Michigan Technological University)
    Universities strive to excel at their multi-faceted missions within constraints of the resources available from tuition, state and federal funding, and private and philanthropic sources.  Understanding how best to distribute scarce resources requires evaluating indicators of quality and analyzing the effectiveness of resource allocations to improve institutional practices. Public support depends on communicating clearly the value of public investment in public universities.

  • Faculty - (Chair: Risa Palm, Georgia State University)
    Faculty creativity and productivity are the lifeblood of a university. Over time the demands on faculty have changed, as have the character of faculty work and the composition of the faculty.  Recruiting and providing rewarding career paths for faculty  from diverse backgrounds while adapting to new circumstances is essential.

  • Innovations in Learning - (Chair: Jonathan Wickert, Iowa State University)
    Innovative educational methods have demonstrated more effective learning. Active student engagement in learning, personalized learning experiences, and more timely and informative feedback to students are key. These include flipped classrooms, different instructional strategies, use of interactive and adaptive technology, and enhanced advising and smoother degree pathways enabled by technology.

  • Research and Graduate Education - (Chair: Joan Lorden, University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    Research and graduate education are critical drivers of a knowledge and innovation-based economy.  The research enterprise relies on the development of talent at many levels, the building and maintenance of essential infrastructure, the identification of fertile areas for exploration, and support from a mix of funding sources.

  • Undergraduate Education - (Chair: Henry (Rick) Miranda, Colorado State University)
    Undergraduate education is central to a comprehensive university’s mission and is the activity with greatest visibility and impact in the public eye. Curricula must be continually renewed and redesigned for evolving societal and workforce needs and expectations, and students must be nurtured and provided many forms of support to succeed in completing a degree and taking their next steps toward rewarding careers.


The CAA has representatives/liaisons to the APLU Board of Directors, the Commission on International Initiatives, and the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity. The representative attends meetings of the Commission or Board, provides a CAA perspective to their proceedings, and reports back to the CAA Executive Committee on initiatives or developments of potential interest to the CAA.

  • Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity - Jonathan Wickert, Iowa State University

  • Commission on International Initiatives - Joan Lorden, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

APLU Council Liaisons to CAA

  • Council on Governmental Affairs - Greg Schuckman, Director of Federal Relations, University of Central Florida

  • Council for Strategic Communications & Advancement - Chris Cook, Managing Director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Texas Tech University