Mission & Purpose

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is a national organization that represents Jesuit higher education among its various constituencies, provides a forum for the exchange of information and experiences in Jesuit higher education, and encourages and facilitates collaborative initiatives among its member institutions. Those initiatives include: fostering Jesuit, Catholic identity and mission, educating for a faith that does justice, supporting national and international collaboration between campuses, sponsoring professional and leadership development programs, and offering online educational opportunities through the distance education network, JesuitNET.

In 1970, AJCU became its own national organization with the following purposes:

  1. Continued study of new educational problems in the light of Jesuit policy and practice,
  2. Continued effort to improve educational effectiveness of Jesuit colleges and universities,
  3. Effective promotion of inter-institutional cooperation, especially among Jesuit institutions,
  4. A unified influence in national organizations, programs and developments,
  5. Effective assistance in participating in Federal and other national programs supporting research and educational projects,
  6. Effective dissemination to member institutions of important information, and
  7. To be a forum for exchange of experiences and information.

Regional News

Jesuit Schools Advocate for DACA & First-Generation Students
15/11/2019 Jesuit schools are advocating on behalf of DACA and undocumented students hosting campus vigil, student marchers, etc. Learn more.
Jesuit University Hosts Presidential Debate
15/11/2019 Loyola Marymount University has just announced that the December 19th Democratic Presidential Debate will be held on campus. Learn more.
AJCU & Jesuit Schools Sign Amicus Brief In Support of undocumented students (DACA)
18/10/2019 AJCU is among 44 higher education associations that have signed onto an amicus brief, initiated by the American Council on EducationLearn more

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