Sweet 16: Great Colleges of the South

April 30, 2012

Sweet Sixteen

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of its founding, the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) has published Sweet Sixteen: Great Colleges of the South. Rollins College is showcased in the new book, which was written for high school students, their parents, and high school guidance counselors.

The book highlights the significant role and value of a liberal arts undergraduate education and provides specific descriptions of the extraordinary programs and services available to students of the 16 individual campuses.

“The member institutions of the Associated Colleges of the South have so much to be proud of,” said Wayne Anderson, president of the consortium. “These are extraordinary institutions that engage students in a stimulating residential setting and assist them in developing critical skills that prepare them exceptionally well for lives of work and service.”

Benefits and accolades of member institutions detailed in the book include:

  • Notable preparation and success of graduates,
  • Successful preparation for careers and lives,
  • Extremely high student satisfaction with their college experience,
  • Students graduating on time (within four years),
  • Affordable institutions, with considerable financial assistance available, and
  • Located in an extremely attractive part of the country.
Over the last 20 years, collaboration among the institutions in the consortium has strengthened academic programs and broadened opportunities for students in many ways. New opportunities have been made available including: environmental studies and environmental projects, undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies, science courses for non-majors, and numerous study abroad experiences.

The ACS’ latest collaboration—The New Paradigm Initiative—focuses on a dynamic combination of face-to-face instruction and computer-mediated instruction across its 16 campuses. This “blended learning” approach utilizes technology for inter-institutional programs while maintaining the distinctive, interpersonal nature of the residential institutions. Approximately 20 on-line projects have been initiated or are currently being planned. The projects include courses, webinars, tutorials and modules in these academic areas: Chinese studies, German, GIS, global health, mathematics, music, physics, religion, research ethics and writing.

To receive a print copy of the book, please contact news@rollins.edu

Incorporated in August of 1991, the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) is comprised of 16 distinguished liberal arts colleges and universities. These nationally-recognized institutions are located in the South, encompassing 12 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. The ACS has a mission to make the case for liberal arts education and to strengthen academic programs of the member institutions.

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