About Us

The Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA) is a professional organization comprised of audit, risk, and compliance professionals from all over the globe. We strive to assist each other in continually improving the internal operations and processes of the individual institutions we serve through continued professional development and the sharing of experiences with friends and colleagues.

Who We Are

The Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), founded in 1958, serves over 500 institutions of higher education. Most of our member institutions are located in the United States and Canada, but we do have some members overseas. Our members include schools of all sizes from community colleges to large university systems; both public and private institutions.

Core Values

  • Integrity – We uphold the highest ethical standards to maintain trust and credibility with colleagues, members, and the institutions we serve.
  • Open sharing of knowledge – We openly collaborate and share experiences to be an indispensable resource for higher education knowledge exchange, best practices, and networking.
  • Mutual trust and friendship – We create a strong support network built on mutual trust and friendships that last a lifetime.
  • Respect – We foster a culture of respect where everyone feels welcomed, included, and valued.
  • Commitment to excellence – We are committed to being the ultimate resource for higher education internal audit training and resources.
  • Innovation – We embrace new ideas and creative approaches that drive positive change.

Member Benefits

ACUA is unique in that it focuses solely on higher education. It provides members with specialized training, information, and resources. One of our strategic goals is to be an indispensable resource for auditors, risk, and compliance professionals in the higher education industry. To facilitate this goal, ACUA sponsors a midyear conference, an annual conference, webinars, an online community, a professional journal, a group of ACUA Faculty members, the Risk Dictionary, an Internal Audit Department Start-Up Kit, and a resource library.

While providing these resources to our members, ACUA also has a strategic goal of being the recognized advocate and leading expert for internal auditing in higher education. As such, we strive to be the credible source of internal auditing information and knowledge to other higher education associations, strategic partners, and the general public. To accomplish these goals, we have formed various partnerships with other organizations and corporations.

Governance and Operations

ACUA is governed and operated by member volunteers. These volunteers serve on ACUA’s Board of Directors and various committees, conduct conferences, train the membership, and develop other member resources. Without the continued assistance of volunteers and their dedicated service, ACUA would not be able to maintain the quality professional programs, events, and resources currently available.

Board positions consist of a President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary/Treasurer, and five member-at-large positions. The term for Members-at-Large is three (3) years, two (2) years for the Secretary/Treasurer and one (1) year each for the Vice President, President and Immediate Past President positions with the individual elected for Vice President automatically succeeding to the President and Immediate Past President positions. Elections for open Board positions are held annually with the membership.

ACUA also contracts with a professional association management firm, which acts as ACUA’s headquarters in responding to member questions, providing strategic support and back office operations.

ACUA is committed to the well-being of our members. Click here to read our anti-harassment policy and access the complaint form. Please contact info@acua.org if you have any questions or concerns. 

Contact Us

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