Jesuit Father Charles Currie, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), has received the 2011 Henry Paley Memorial Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), which recognizes an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education.
Fr. Currie is one of the best known advocates for independent higher education in Washington, across the country and internationally. During his tenure, the AJCU has moved to the forefront of efforts to preserve student aid, increase access to the underserved and strengthen the nation’s educational system in providing greater opportunities for a college education among underserved populations.
Currie also recently received a special award from The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The 2011 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes was presented to him for his leadership “in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability.”