During the past year, my first as ACM’s president, I have had the opportunity to meet many faculty, students, and staff on their home campuses and at consortial meetings. I am inspired by the passion for residential liberal arts education and the commitment to collaboration across the consortium.
We are in a period of strategic planning and exploring new ways to enrich residential liberal arts education together and build momentum for the future. As you can read in the newest edition of our ACM Notes newsletter, we are reimagining our existing programming in diversity and inclusion, faculty development, and off-campus study, while cultivating innovative partnerships and developing new initiatives for faculty, students, and staff.
… reimagining our existing programming while cultivating innovative partnerships and developing new initiatives for faculty, students, and staff
The ACM’s robust history provides much of our inspiration for fashioning new collaborations to enhance our effectiveness as liberal arts educators of the 21st century. As we do so, let’s remember the vision that Beloit College President Miller Upton outlined for our organization 60 years ago: To build community around initiatives that benefit from collaboration and collective impact, to encourage experimentation and innovation, to serve as a creative stimulus to the individual colleges in planning for their separate missions, and to assess the educational landscape and respond to external challenges.
I invite you to share your ideas as together we create the next generation of big ideas and programs. Reach me at president@ACM.edu.