Higher Education Association Statement on the SUCCESS Act

Joint statement by the AAMC, AAU, APLU, AUTM, and COGR on the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act and efforts to foster greater diversity and inclusion within the innovation ecosystem

The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) today released the following statement on the SUCCESS Act: 

As associations representing research universities, their medical schools and their research and technology transfer professionals, we applaud the introduction of the SUCCESS Act.

We strongly support finding ways to increase the participation of women and underrepresented populations in innovation and invention. Through the joint study to be conducted by the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, we hope this effort will develop new ways that government can help foster greater diversity and inclusion within the innovation ecosystem.


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 151 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.