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

AJCU Conferences Promote Collaboration & Mission
The different AJCU conferences have been meeting all over the North American region around different themes. Learn more.

Career Service Leaders Explore Jesuit Education and the Future of Work
On Wednesday, June 5, members of the AJCU Career Service Leaders affinity group hosted a panel discussion on the theme of Professional Humans: Jesuit Education and the Future of WorkLearn more.

AJCU Presidents & Administrators Share Lessons on Leadership
Over the past few weeks, several of the AJCU presidents have been honored for their leadership and/or shared their reflections on leading Jesuit, Catholic institutions with the media. Learn more.