Carol Geary Schneider

Higher Ed

  • Curriculum
  • Liberal education
  • Value of college

Carol Geary Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education, with more than 1,300 member institutions. While a vice president at AAC&U in the 1990s, Schneider headed a major initiative on higher education and U.S. pluralism, American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning. Schneider has published extensively on all the major areas of her educational work and has taught at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago State University and Boston University. Schneider is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She studied at the University of London’s Institute for Historical Research and earned a doctorate in history from Harvard University. She also has received 11 honorary degrees, was the 2011 recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s Contribution to Higher Education Award and the 2013 recipient of the New American Colleges & Universities Ernest L. Boyer Award, and was honored in 2013 as one of Diverse Magazine’s “25 Leading Women in Higher Education.”