Who We Are

Who We Are

CAE (the Council for Aid to Education) is a national nonprofit organization based in New York City. CAE was established in 1952 to conduct policy research on higher education and to promote corporate support of education. It was part of the RAND Corporation from 1996-2005. Its president is Dr. Roger Benjamin, former head of RAND Education and provost at the University of Minnesota. The chair of the Board is Dr. Katharine Lyall, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin.

CAE offers the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA). To date more than 1,000 colleges and high schools have participated in the CLA and CWRA. Delivered on-line, the assessments use real-world problem solving tasks to measure student critical thinking skills.

CAE recently participated in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) feasibility study with CLA Performance Tasks culturally adapted and translated for on-line delivery in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In addition, CAE now creates innovative assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, customized for clients using the combination of creative thinking and rigorous analysis that has become our hallmark. CAE offers its expertise to the Race to the Top national consortia – PARCC and SBAC – and other agencies seeking to develop a broad array of test items that measure career and college readiness.

CAE’s annual Voluntary Support for Education (VSE) survey is the nation's sole resource on  private giving to education. With its Data Miner interactive database, the VSE gives institutions the opportunity to obtain up-to-date, customizable information on their fundraising results. With the possibility of viewing historical data going back to 1969, and a reputation for providing detailed and reliable results, the VSE is an invaluable resource for institutions looking to measure their fundraising strengths and weaknesses.