The Associated Colleges of the South hopes this story will provide knowledge, understanding and even inspiration about our work. We hope it will deepen your understanding of the constructive role that consortia play among colleges, universities and other organizations, encouraging and stimulating individual groups to work together in common cause.
This is a story about sixteen strong and highly regarded institutions which are determined to be among the best. With these objectives in mind, they are willing to devote their time, energy and brainpower to realize the benefits of collaboration, which enables them to take strides impossible on an individual, institutional basis.
This is also a story of individual faculty, staff and students who believe in the gospel of cooperation. It is about history professor Jack Lane of Rollins College, who devoted an enormous amount of time and effort to create a viable and transformational annual Summer Teaching and Learning Workshop. It is about the late professor of psychology Terry Goodrick of Birmingham-Southern College, who, while keeping cancer at bay, kept the ACS workshop operating at the highest level of quality and distinction before she died in 2010. It is about classics professor Kenny Morrell of Rhodes College, whose compelling vision and creativity led the consortium to use technology to link institutions in imaginative new ways, opening up exciting possibilities for students. It is about Barry Allen, professor of environmental studies at Rollins College, who galvanized his academic colleagues to demonstrate the individual and systemic change that initiatives in sustainable development could bring about. It is about Ed Roy, the late vice president for academic affairs at Trinity University, who spearheaded an effort to create a network through which faculty could significantly improve offerings and experiences in science for those not majoring in that area (that is, for most students). And it is about Jim Hunt, the vice president for academic affairs at Southwestern University, who has been steadfast in his determination to make diversity on campus a high consortial priority, leading chief academic officers to engage in dialogue with minority students at their meetings. It is a story about numerous other specific groups and individuals without whom the ACS would not have served its institutions so long and so well.
Those individuals, one must add, include stellar members of the consortium staff who have worked tirelessly, professionally and joyfully to help ACS institutions and their students succeed.
In short, this is quite a story—we hope you find it of interest.