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Membership in the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) offers multiple benefits to both institutions and individuals.
Member institutions enjoy visibility as leaders on issues of import in academic affairs both within ACAO proper and in increasingly close working relationship with the American Council of Education (ACE). ACAO-member institutions receive discounted registration fees and a voice in programming at the ACE Annual Meeting.
Chief Academic Officers are benefited through networking opportunities in an organization that brings together CAOs from the full spectrum of institutional types within the United States and internationally. The ACAO network provides opportunities for CAOs to share knowledge of effective practices with one another; to brainstorm on issues of shared import, both at national meetings and via the ACAO Community Forum; and to work with ACE on the development of new CAOs and aspiring academic affairs leaders. ACAO provides leadership opportunities for those interested in service to and through a professional organizations. Leadership roles in the association, such as officer, board, and committee chair positions, are available to chief academic officers who are ACAO members or serve at a member institutions. Perhaps most importantly, CAOs at ACAO-member institutions play an important role in shaping and professionalizing the role of CAO throughout the higher education sector.
See below for a comprehensive list of these and other member benefits: