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Reinventing the Liberal Arts College: Collaborating to Steer Clear of Sweet Briar

The EvoLLLution online, May 11, 2015

Brian Williams

Sweet Briar College's decision to close has given heightened attention to a set of thorny questions that higher education leaders, particularly those in liberal arts colleges, have pondered for some time, revolving around a central theme: "Why do liberal arts colleges need to change their business model and what should that change entail?"

Essay by Brian Williams, ACM Vice President and Director of Faculty Development & Grant Programs

Partnership aims to strengthen Knox College faculty diversity

Galesburg (IL) Mail-Register, May 11, 2015

A newly announced, unprecedented partnership is bringing together 14 liberal arts colleges, including Knox College, and 15 research universities to encourage more students from diverse backgrounds to pursue teaching careers at liberal arts colleges. Read more about the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate on the ACM website.

MC part of initiative to strengthen diversity in classrooms

Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail, May 8, 2015

Monmouth College will participate in a higher education partnership that will use an $8.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to consider careers as college professors. Read more about the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate on the ACM website.

Budget Building 101

Inside Higher Ed, Feb 10, 2015

Institute on College Futures

The ACM launched the Institute on College Futures (ICF) two years ago as a way to talk finance with faculty of its member colleges. The four-year project aims to build faculty members' knowledge of the economic challenges facing liberal arts schools during a three-day conference each summer. Read more about ICF on the ACM website.

Prepaid College Tuition Plans May Help Clients Keep College Costs In Check

Financial Advisor Magazine, Jan 15, 2015

As college tuitions continue to rise and student debt continues to grow, prepaid tuition plans can be an option for clients to keep costs down. One such plan, Private College 529, is owned and operated by 278 private colleges and universities in the U.S. Recently all 14 Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) joined the plan. Read more about Private College 529 on the ACM website.

Private College 529 Plan Secures 100 Percent Participation from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Consortium

PR Newswire, Jan 13, 2015

Private College 529 Plan, a prepaid tuition plan owned and operated by more than 275 leading private colleges and universities, and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of academically excellent, independent liberal arts colleges located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado, jointly announced today that the entire ACM consortium has officially joined the PC529 plan.

Students Experience Urban Living During ACM Chicago Program

Knox College website, Dec 22, 2014

Jinjie (Matt) Song

Knox College economics major and business minor, Jinjie (Matt) Song '15, learned first hand about business and the challenges of urban living during the ACM Chicago Program. Song took temporary residence for the spring term in the heart of Chicago where he divided his time between classes, an internship, and exploring the busy city.

Mtisi inspires joy, learning

Luther College Chips, Dec 4, 2014

Richard Mtisi

Students and faculty colleagues talk about Luther College professor Richard Mtisi's teaching style and impact on the college. Mtisi will serve as Faculty Program Director of the spring 2015  ACM Botswana: Development in Southern Africa program. Read more about Richard Mtisi and the Botswana Program.

Gundersens gift $500,000 to MC

Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail, Nov 19, 2014

Monmouth College graduate Joan Rezner Gundersen and her husband, Robert, have made a $500,000 estate gift to the college that will go toward the history department and the library. Recognized as a pioneer in the women's studies movement, Gundersen has taught at St. Olaf College and California State University-San Marcos and has served as a consultant on women's studies. She said her career outlook was forever changed by participating in ACM's Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities in Chicago. Her original plan was to be a high school history teacher, but the experience at the Newberry Library got her "hooked" on research.

International conservation journal highlights St. Olaf researchers

St. Olaf College website, Oct 16, 2014

Revista de Biologia Tropical

An international conservation journal recently highlighted the research that three St. Olaf College students and Professor of Biology Kathy Shea conducted in Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Tropical, an international journal of tropical conservation and biology, published a special volume dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the ACM Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities program.