Other Collaborative Initiatives

Student Federal Relations Trip to Washington

Since 2012 delegations of 3-7 students from most ACC universities participate in seminars and office visits. The focus is the workings and priorities of our federal government, with special attention provided by the elected officials and associated staff from ACC states. Students interested in participating in this trip (usually in January-March) should contact the Federal Relations Officer at their home university.

ACC Inventure Prize Competition

Georgia Tech hosted the first annual ACC Innovation Competition on April 15-16, 2016 ().  Fifteen universities sent competitively selected teams to Atlanta.  In the preliminary round all 15 teams were given 5 minutes to “pitch” their invention before a panel of alumni judges.   The five highest ranked teams repeated their pitches during an hour long PBS show broadcast live in six states.  The winning team from Duke took home a $15,000 prize.  Virginia was runner up and Georgia Tech was “the peoples’ choice.”  Information about each of the projects is available at http://acc.coe.gatech.edu/.   Georgia Tech has generously agreed to host the 2nd annual competition in April 2017.  For more information, contact Chris Reaves at chris.reaves@gatech.edu.

Creativity Competition

Virginia Tech is leading the planning for ACC-wide, team-based interdisciplinary competition.  Emphasized will be innovative use of creative design and the arts.  2015-16 is a planning year, with the hope that implementation may begin in Spring 2017.

Executive Leadership Series

Two day skill enhancement programs have been designed (by UNC) specifically for Deans, Vice Provosts, and Vice Chancellors in ACC universities. Emphasized are the unique challenges, demands and expectations executive leaders face in academic organizations. Each of four programs focuses upon a different aspect of leadership: business leader (Feb 15-16, 2015), change agent (July 23-24, 2015), culture creator (January 19-21, 2016), and talent producer (June 28-30, 2016). For each program, up to 35 participants are chosen from nominations from their provosts. Space is limited. Interested individuals should contact their provost or brown@wfu.edu.

ACC Debate Championship

The ACC supports travel grants, national judges, trophies, etc.

The 2nd annual debate championship was held at UNC Chapel Hill on April 15-17, 2016.  The debate topic: “Resolved: That the United States should adopt substantially more restrictive gun control regulations, including a prohibition on carrying firearms on college campuses.”  A video of the championship match (won by Wake Forest) is accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwau1q-uDSs.   Videos of earlier rounds are available by goggling “youtube acc debate.”:

Pictures from the 1st annual debate, involving teams from 9 ACC universities focusing on the topic, “Should Intercollegiate Athletes Be Paid?, are available at ” Teams from Wake Forest and Miami placed 1st and 2nd in the 2015 competition.  Pictures from the event are available at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.821646487891118.1073741843.321642027891569&type=3&uploaded=93.

Information about the third annual conference, likely to be at the University of Miami,  can be obtained by emailing brown@wfu.edu.

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