Scattered across the nation, there are schools who pride themselves on continuing the rich academic tradition instituted by Jesuit Catholics centuries ago. In 1970, a group known as the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities was formed as a band that unites those 28 institutions here in the United States. Serving as somewhat of a facilitator, the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities strives to maintain harmony between the institutions by developing, fostering and implementing methods that these schools are able to not only carry on but also protect the prestigious Jesuit affiliation that unites them.
AJCU does maintain a Federal Relations Network which is responsible for lobbying on behalf of the Association. The Network features at least one representative from each member institution and meets each September for a Legislative Conference in which all matters of appropriations, budget, higher academic issues and taxation are discussed with each member, including the Director of Federal Relations. Of course, the Association does also maintain relationships with the United States Congress, with members of the Federal Relations Network often lobbying individually with Legislators about the state and abilities of not only Jesuit Catholic institutions, but also general higher learning in America.
The group's first priority is, obviously, to protect what brings these institutions together. Each of these Colleges and Universities has been cultivated over the years with the wisdom found and under the guidance of generations of leaders within the Catholic authority. These institutions are known for their commitment to broad-scale knowledge, their implementation of the liberal arts into their curricula and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to convey the importance of finding the balance of Faith and Reason into a student's education.
The following are the member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities:
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