Mission of ACS
In this guided tour, we describe the mission
and some of the programs of the Associated Colleges of the South, with
pictures of our institutions and links to more information about our
programs. We hope these pages will provide a sense of our vision of
the role of cooperation and collaboration in higher education, and how
the consortium serves to facilitate this vision.
Courtesy of Southwestern University
| Incorporated in August of 1991,
the Associated Colleges of the South has a mission to make the case
for liberal arts education and to strengthen academic programs of
the member institutions. The consortium articulates to many publics
the nature of liberal learning and the vital role it plays. The
organization points to the impact made by liberal arts on individuals
and on the society as a whole, with ACS colleges and universities
being viewed as exemplars of the highest quality liberal arts institutions.
ACS is a mechanism through which member colleges and universities
can create and build programs in a way which would not be possible
on an individual basis. Their ideas and resources are shared, thereby
raising the efficiency of operations and the effectiveness of programs.
And, the ultimate beneficiary is the student. Joint summer and academic
year programs for students overseas, seminars and projects of faculty
enrichment, staff development activities, an electronic virtual
library, and cooperation in environmental studies all redound to
the benefit of students on ACS campuses.
Model of Leadership
| As the ACS creates and offers its programs,
it intends to develop models of cooperative endeavors in higher
education. The organization is determined to create programs of
service that other consortia and institutions throughout the country
will want to emulate. In this and other ways, the Association is
committed to playing an important leadership role in American higher
Courtesy of Hendrix College
Courtesy of Rhodes College | The ACS is comprised of sixteen distinguished liberal
arts colleges and universities. They are nationally recognized
institutions located in the South, encompassing twelve states. They share a commitment
to excellence in all their programs, offering rigorous academic
programs and focusing on the growth and development of each student.
They are also determined to be even better, using the ACS as a vehicle