Prospective Members


The Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities is a member-driven, dues-supported national consortium of R1/2 universities, all of which are dedicated to innovation and excellence in undergraduate education.

Annual institutional membership is $5,000.

Benefits of membership include access to Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities peers and programs, which entail opportunities to learn and partner at every level in undergraduate affairs. For example:

  • Inclusion in the UVP Network, which provides peer-to-peer networking, professional development, and community support for individuals in UVP (or equivalent) roles.

  • Bi-weekly "Hot Topics" discussions for UVPs to connect on urgent issues of the day.

  • Monthly "Town Halls" which feature an expert speaker and group discussion (e.g., Dr. Carl Wieman's fall 2023 town hall on the Boyer 2030 Report).

  • Free registration for two in-person UVP meetings each year, which are hosted by UERU member campuses. Find information on upcoming UVP meetings at

Additional benefits include:

  • Access to UERU communities of practice, including the Academic Advising Community of Practice, which provides opportunities for UVPs to support their direct reports via regular virtual programming and the annual University of Pittsburgh Mentoring and Advising Summit, co-sponsored by UERU.

  • Access to MyUERU, a password-protected online community where UVPs and their teams can engage in discussion around member-posed topics, create subcommunities, and find support for common challenges.

  • Reduced member registration fees for the UERU National Conference, held annually in partnership with AAC&U.

  • Reduced member registration fees for UERU's Lamborn-Hughes Institute, an opportunity for teams—including but not limited to academic and student affairs leaders—to “strengthen the student-centered research university.”

Here are a few recent testimonials

The work of the [Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities] has never been more important to research universities than it is TODAY.

— Michael T. Brown, former Provost & Executive Vice President, University of California System (October 16, 2019)

Who's the Bono of higher education? It's UERU.

--Richard J. Reddick, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate College, University of Texas, Austin (January 2024).

I have participated in the [Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities] National Meeting since 2008 and have found them to be thought-provoking and well aligned with my work in undergraduate academic affairs. [UERU], and the UVP Network, is the single best organization for me to interact with others doing the same work, resulting in new ideas and new collaborations.

— Anonymous

The 2018 UVP Network meeting of [UERU] at UT Austin was the first one that I attended and I was impressed with the engaging and thought-provoking discussions on ways to advance undergraduate education and student success. I had the opportunity to network with peers and exchange ideas on innovative strategies that have been shown to improve student retention and persistence. I believe [UERU] is an invaluable resource network that provides, via a supportive environment, a wealth of knowledge on best practices on matters related to strengthening the undergraduate student experience and success at research universities. It is also a network where new ideas can be formed and explored.

— Nikos Varelas, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs, University of Illinois at Chicago. 2018 UVP 101 participant.

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Want to learn more?

For additional information, please contact Steven P. Dandaneau, Ph.D., Executive Director, UERU, and Associate Provost, Colorado State University (, or the UERU home office at

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UVP 101

The Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities especially encourages new UVPs to consider participation in our UVP 101 professional development program (offered as needed at UVP Meetings). We also welcome new UVPs to “test drive” a meeting, if they wish, before committing to the annual institutional membership dues.