This page contains links to further information
about long-term ACS programs and other ACS-sponsored activities. Click
on a program name for more information.
Collaborative Program in Chinese Studies (2008-2010)
The Henry Luce Foundation awarded
ACS a grant to support the consortium's innovative new collaborative program in Chinese Studies. The grant supported a number of initiatives benefiting ACS students and faculty over a three-year period.
Funds enabled ACS to establish a network of ACS faculty, create a clearinghouse of information, and underwrite workshops for faculty and students, bringing each group together to share results of their research and plan for collaboration. The grant supported the exploration of the use of technology in Chinese Studies, with a focus on language and cultural studies.
Thanks to the generous support of
the Lettie Pate Evans and Robert W. Woodruff Foundations, ACS has engaged
in six distinct cost-efficiency programs. These programs include academic
programs, benchmarking activities and the identification of "best
practices" in the business and admissions offices, technology workshops,
and joint purchasing.
ACS Joint Purchasing Home Page
Through this New Dimensions Initiative program, ACS assists
its member institutions in identifying and addressing ethnic and racial
issues common to our 16 campuses. Various resources and opportunities
for conversation and networking are offered for the enrichment of dialogue,
personal and professional growth, and networking.
The purpose of this program is to
enhance the environmental activities in which ACS institutions are engaged,
by fostering collaboration among ACS faculty and staff.
Contact: Elizabeth MacNabb, Director of Environmental Programs
This program, funded by the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation, sought to foster collaboration in the area of international
programs among three consortia: ACS, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest
(ACM) and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA).
This program involved library staff,
information technology staff and faculty working together to share information
about information literacy efforts on ACS campuses, to develop consortial
guidelines for information fluency and provide necessary training. The project was completed in 2002.
ACS offers its students a number of
joint study abroad programs, in 5 continents. This page contains links
to more information about these programs, and application information
In December of 2000, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded
ACS a grant to support the consortium's New Dimensions Initiative. This
grant enables ACS to address high priority academic and administrative
areas as identified by the ACS presidents and chief academic officers.
New collaborative projects are being identified and established, and existing
projects/programs are receiving additional, much-needed support to extend
and solidify their efforts. Programs and projects in this Initiative include
Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Diversity, the international coordinating
group, undergraduate research, teacher education, administrative benchmarking
projects, and institutional research.
Palladian Alliance Library Project
An Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded
initiative, this project was a 3 year effort to establish a
"electronic library" for ACS institutions, featuring joint access to electronic
indexes and periodicals. The project was completed in 1999.
Teaching and Learning Workshop for ACS Faculty
Rollins College hosts this annual
workshop in June, for ACS faculty members who want to strengthen their
teaching. It is an intensive, five-day opportunity utilizing micro-teaching
experiences, small group discussions, experimentation with new teaching
approaches, analysis of issues and challenges of teaching, and the lively
sharing of experiences and ideas.
Please click on the link above for information on the current workshop.
Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation and others, ACS engaged in a number of initiatives
relating to teaching with technology and the use of technology to facilitate
collaboration among ACS members. These initiatives were:
- The REALIA Project:
REALIA (Rich Electronic Archive for Language Instruction Anywhere) is
a searchable digitized media database which provides instructors of modern
languages with teaching resources accessible via the Web
- Sunoikisis: a collaborative program in Classical Studies
- ACS Archaeology
Program: an online
archaeology course and summer field school in Turkey
- Student Software Engineering Program: a competitive summer internship program
- The Orpheus
Alliance: a collaborative program in Music
- Technology Support Staff workshops
On January 1, 2006 the ACS Technology Center became
a part of the National Institute for Technology and
Liberal Education (NITLE). For more
information about NITLE, upcoming programs and events
go to http://www.nitle.org/.
Guidelines, timetable and application
information for the ACS Tuition Exchange Program.
Contact:, Dara Hawkins, ACS Office Manager
The ACS Women's Studies Conference
has taken place biannually since 1993, when the first conference was held
at Furman University. The encouragement and promotion of Women's/Gender Studies has been a high priority of ACS since its inception.
This project, which was completed
in 1996, involved the investigation of models for international college
and university collaboration. ACS representatives visited universities
in the Carpathian region of Europe in October 1996. Representatives from
these European universities visited 9 ACS institutions as well as several
Georgia public universities in the spring of 1996.