ACC looks beyond athletics with Traveling
By Lauren Fischer
students attending universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference,
the beginning of the school year signifies more than the opening
of another football season.
new academic program for graduate students will enable a student
at Clemson who is interested in working with a faculty member
in a Developmental Biology lab at U.Va. to do so. And a U.Va.
student can use the century-old farming journals available only
at the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University.
Inter-Institutional Academic Collaborative Traveling Scholars
Program marks the first nonathletic collaboration in the ACC.
a semester-long stay at an alternative collegiate site, graduate
students can take specialized courses, explore special library
collections and participate in unique laboratory experiences that
their home schools graduate programs do not provide.
few years ago, graduate deans who represent the nine ACC universities
used the Big 10 system of shared courses, students and faculty
members as a model, and decided that their own conference would
benefit greatly from a similar collaborative effort.
love the idea of super-bright students coming to their schools
because it can build their area of expertise, said Dr. Bonnie
Holaday, graduate dean at Clemson University. She added that the
program is a natural for doctoral students whose dissertations
are well under way, and who are looking for specific courses such
as forestry agriculture, or Swahili.
idea behind the [IAC] program is that it opens up resources and
expertise for everyone, said Peter Brunjes, graduate dean
at U.Va. It can only be a good thing.
Traveling Scholar can seek out supplementary and distinctive graduate
work experience once a disciplinary adviser confirms that the
home campus does not provide a comparable opportunity.
deans from both the home and host universities then work together
with host faculty members to ensure that the school of interest
offers adequate facilities and space for the visiting student.
Traveling Scholar pilot program will run through the 2003-04 and
2004-05 academic years, when conference presidents and graduate
deans will reevaluate its success.
order to study at another college for a semester, Traveling Scholars
continue paying tuition at their home universities.
limited number of stipends of up to $1,000 will be awarded to
students to subsidize housing and transportation costs of the
students who are in good standing in a doctoral degree program
may apply now to be a Traveling Scholar, and should contact their
graduate deans for an application.
further information, they also can e-mail the IAC coordinator