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Vision Statement

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfillment and positive social change. We envision a more humane world made possible by the diverse practice of our members in helping adults acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to lead productive and satisfying lives.

Mission Statement

The mission of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is to provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.

 

501(c)(3) Status

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is a not-for-profit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code of 1954, and any subsequent changes and additions thereto.

Membership Disclaimer

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)  is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that offers both individual and affiliate (institutional) memberships for the purpose of lifelong learning. However, neither AAACE nor any of its commissions or SIGs is an accrediting organization.

A Brief Overview and History of AAACE

In 1982, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) was founded as the result of a merger between the National Association for Public and Continuing Adult Education (NAPCAE) and the Adult Education Association (AEA). In 2000, the AAACE Commission for Adult Basic Education (COABE) left AAACE to become an independent organization, but the two continue to maintain a productive relationship.

AAACE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing "leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives" (AAACE 2013 Annual Report).

The organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors, consisting of a five-member executive committee, two directors-at-large, and eight commission directors. The main office is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

AAACE publishes the leading adult education journals in the field: Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ), Adult Learning (AL), and the Journal of Transformative Education (JTED). In addition, the organization publishes the Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education every 10 years.

The annual conference is held in different regions of the country on a rotating basis, often in partnership with state, regional, or other national and international associations. A pre-conference hosted by the Commission on International Adult Education, and a co-conference of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, are held in conjunction with the AAACE conference.

Members receive online access to the journal(s) of their choice, special conference rates, access to webinars, and other benefits. AAACE membership includes faculty, researchers, practitioners, and graduate students. To learn more about the diverse interests of the organization membership and what our members are doing, visit the Commissions and Interest Groups sections of the AAACE website.

For additional information about the history of AAACE, please click on the links and refer to the following resources:

Henschke, J. A. (2007). Adult Education Professional Societies. Unpublished manuscript. University of Missouri – St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America.

Rose, A. D. (2008). AAACE: Where are we going and where have we been? The future of AAACE in light of its past. Adult Learning, 19(1 & 2), 34-36.

Schmidt, S. W. (2013). Perspectives in adult education—The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE): Its history, purpose, and activities. New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development 26(1), 55-59.