Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.) recently joined The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a consortium of small- to medium-sized institutions that purposefully integrate liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. The New American Colleges and Universities collectively and individually are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service.
“Our mission to nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, encourage ethical living, and prepare individuals for purposeful and fulfilling lives strongly aligns with the institutions in NAC&U,” said Pamela Davies, president of Queens University of Charlotte. “Since we are also similar in size and focus, NAC&U membership will allow us to form close relationships with our peers while offering more opportunities for our faculty development and student learning.”
Since its inception in 1995, NAC&U members have forged partnerships and collaborations that enrich faculty work and improve student outcomes. NAC&U sponsors projects and conferences, administrator and constituency groups, surveys and data benchmarking, and programs to expand student learning, including Signature Experiences, its unique U.S.-based study away program. NAC&U constituency groups gather regularly to share best practices and consult with one another to enhance institutional effectiveness, allowing members to address challenges head-on with the knowledge and support of peers. Administrators and faculty who engage in NAC&U activities find a multi-dimensional community of practice in which various constituency groups share candid conversations and develop a sense of trust that allows them to openly discuss challenges and successes in a beneficial way.
“We are fortunate to have Queens University of Charlotte as a new member. Their approach to undergraduate education, including general education that integrates interdisciplinary learning communities, classroom learning, and community experiences and their commitment to incorporating service as a learning tool is exactly what our members are doing,” said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. “As we strive to share and promote best practices, Queens University of Charlotte will be an invaluable part of our conversations.”
About Queens University of Charlotte
Nestled in a historic neighborhood just minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte has been providing students with transformational experiences for more than 155 years. A private, masters-level university, Queens serves more than 2,300 students in academic programs across the liberal arts and sciences as well as the professional fields of business, communication, nursing, health and education. With the city of Charlotte as an extended campus, students have the opportunity to launch into abundant internships, community service and academic partnerships. The majority of undergraduates also study internationally during their time at Queens.
Queens is where big city meets small school, where self-discovery occurs amid selfless service, where curricula evolve to teach the latest skills while respecting a timeless liberal arts core. Queens is a unique learning environment that doesn’t ask students to choose between ideals and interests. Students are invited to be both, be more – and in so doing, leave their own mark on history.