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Mellon Foundation awards $2.7 million to ACS

Mellon Foundation awards $2.7 million to ACS

For Immediate Release
Oct. 26, 2016


ATLANTA, Ga.--The Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) has received $2.7 million in funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support faculty advancement.

The five-year grant will enable Birmingham-Southern College, as a member of the consortium, to provide significant financial support for faculty innovation. Funding will be available for projects in three areas: innovative instruction, collaborative curriculum development, and inclusive teaching. The new programs developed will promote collaboration among the 16 ACS institutions, all nationally recognized liberal arts colleges.

“We are delighted to be able to provide our faculty members, who are already some of the best in their field, with more options in how they approach teaching,” said BSC Provost Dr. Michelle Behr. “Being part of the ACS allows us and our professors to collaborate with other institutions on projects like this that would be difficult to do on our own.”

The Mellon Foundation helps colleges and universities respond to the current challenges affecting higher education and fosters collaborations within and among institutions.

“This grant will enable a new generation of students and faculty to share resources and pedagogies that combine the strengths of a residential education with the latest advances in technology,” said Eugene Tobin, senior program officer in higher education and scholarship in the humanities for the Mellon Foundation.

About Birmingham-Southern College:
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,300 students from more than 30 states and 15 foreign countries.