Border PACT was a network of U.S. and Mexican higher education institutions dedicated to building human capacity through education and training. Border PACT was first co-convened by CONAHEC, the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES) in 1997 with the support of The Ford Foundation to increase higher education institutions’ involvement as agents of change in the borderlands communities where they are located.

Members of the network became part of the solution to the many challenges faced by their borderlands communities. Border PACT encouraged its higher education institutions to expand their circle of partners and link with community-based organizations, government agencies, and the business sector.

The Border PACT Grants Program  was created to increase the involvement of higher education institutions from both sides of the border in collaborative binational projects that focused on academic and border community development in the areas of health, education, environment, economic development and community issues.