Established in December 1979 as the “General Education Society,” the Japan Association for College and University Education is a pioneering academic association in the field of higher education. With the abolition of the subject category of “General Education” in the undergraduate education, as part of the revision of the Standards for Establishment of University (under a Ministerial Ordinance of Ministry of Education) in 1991, the name of the Society was changed to the Japan Association for College and University Education. This move, however, did never change the mission of the Society to advance the research in the field of university education, and also to support the wide range of the practices and research and development to improve teaching of the individual members and institutional members as well. The importance of university education is becoming ever more evident with the development of knowledge-based society, and therefore we aspire to contribute to university reform and revitalize higher education’s traditional role in personality formation.
We have always taken an academic view which is free from national policy and systems, is independent of laws and edicts, and is not restricted by stands taken by university management bodies, and we have steadily advanced our research into university education. Our thematic research projects into faculty development, university self-evaluation, undergraduate education and other related topics are our core competence and our very raison d’être.
We have been critically investigating significant development of university education reform implemented after the revision of the Standards for Establishment of University. The outcome of these efforts have been published such as: Issues of University Education Research– Criticisms and Recommendations Regarding Reform (ed. Japan Association for College and University Education, 1997, Tamagawa University Press), Toward New Liberal Arts Education – the First 25 Years of the Japan Association for College and University Education – Recommendations for the Future (ed. Japan Association for College and University Education, 2004, Toshindo), Thirty Years of University Education and Reform – from the Perspective of the Japan Association for College and University Education (ed. Japan Association for College and University Education, 2010, Toshindo)
In the present milieu of university education research and reform, we set our research subject as “university education –the history and idea of liberal and general education.” By this we emphasize our view to recognize university education as a humanistic and people-driven research subject, which overcomes the distinction between specialized and general education. We see higher education research as a new academic field that includes topics such as faculty development and students’ self-directed learning.
At the Japan Association for College and University Education we will continue to remain to be the leading association seeking to break new ground through our century-long vision of Japanese university education. As outcomes of research in higher education and university reform we wish to contribute to realize the aims and ideals of general education, and to the development of the autonomy of each institution and the diversity among the institutions, fields highlighted by the University Council and the Central Council for Education.
General Education Society
1979-1991 Sho Ogiya (Osaka University, Konan Women’s University)
1991-1994 Takeshi Horichi (Kagawa University)
1994-1997 Kazuie Sanuki (Kinjo Gakuin University)
Japan Association for College and University Education
1997-2000 Kazuie Sanuki (Izumi Junior College)
2000-2003 Masakichi Kinukawa (International Christian University)
2003-2006 Toyoshi Sato (J.F. Oberlin University)
2006-2009 Masao Terasaki (Rikkyo Gakuin)
2009-2017 Masaaki Ogasawara (Hokkaido University)
2017- Reiko Yamada(Doshisha University）