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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.

Kraaz Examines Connections between Music and Art

Ripon College website, Oct 6, 2014

Sarah Kraaz

A semester in Italy with the Florence Program has led to a new research subject for Ripon College music professor Sarah Kraaz. She presented results from that research with "Music for the Queen of Heaven in 15th Century Italian Paintings" at the Southeast College Art Conference this month in Sarasota, FL. As a Visiting Affiliated Scholar with the Florence Program in 2012, Kraaz (photo at right) began a collaboration with art history instructor Dr. Gail Solberg, and she will again serve as the program's Visiting Affiliated Scholar in fall 2016.

SJP graduate wins short story contest

St. Cloud (MN) Times, Apr 27, 2014

Zoey Slater

Zoey Slater of St. Cloud was one of two students to earn top honors in the 2014 Associated Colleges of the Midwest Nick Adams Short Story Contest for her story, "The Fawn." She attends St. Olaf College and is a graduate of St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, MN.

Only human

University of Chicago Magazine, Jan-Feb/2014, Jan 22, 2014

Russell Tuttle, staff, and students in Tanzaniz

Profile of longtime University of Chicago anthropology professor Russell H. Tuttle, his career, and his new book, Apes and Human Evolution. Tuttle was instrumental in the creation of the ACM Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins program and served as its first Visiting Faculty Director in fall 1998. The photo shows Tuttle (back row, right) with students and program staff in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998.

Who we are

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of independent, liberal arts colleges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado.