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March 20, 2012

Birmingham-Southern College featured in Associated Colleges of the South anniversary book

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College is showcased in a new book commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Associated Colleges of the South consortium.

Sweet Sixteen: Great Colleges of the South highlights each of the 16 ACS member institutions—all nationally recognized liberal arts colleges and universities in the Southeast.

Written by John Pulley, the new book will serve as a guide to the ACS members for high school students, their parents, and high school guidance counselors.

The 200-plus page book notes the benefits of attending an ACS institution, including the 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 (most recently in China).

"The member institutions of the Associated Colleges of the South have so much of which to be proud," said Wayne Anderson, president of the ACS. "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."

Incorporated in August 1991, the mission of the Associated Colleges of the South is to make the case for liberal arts education and to strengthen academic programs of the member institutions. Member institutions include Birmingham-Southern College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Centre College, Davidson College, Furman University, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Morehouse College, Rhodes College, Rollins College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Southwestern University, Spelman College, Trinity University, University of Richmond, and Washington & Lee University.

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