The American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) supports at least two notions of advancement that emerge out of its historical location and its relationship with the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS).
As conceptualized in relation to local configurations within the United States, advancement refers to the importance of maintaining a formal curriculum studies field. This field emerged historically within the larger discipline of education, and now permeates several disciplines. It entails rigorous attention to cultural issues and methodological concerns involved with understanding curriculum as many kinds of texts, including, but significantly extending beyond, curriculum-as-administrative-text. The importance of this conceptualization of advancement extends to institutional issues at the tertiary level. This includes, for example, consideration of the politics of placement, of where, when, and how curriculum studies exists as an independent arena of research and teaching as well as an organizing concept within or across departments.