SUNY Potsdam Chosen as Pilot School for New Honor Society


The Association for Integrative Studies has invited SUNY Potsdam to serve as one of 12 college and university pilot charter chapters for a new national honor society in undergraduate interdisciplinary studies.

SUNY Potsdam will partner with Baylor University, Michigan State University, Holy Cross College, Nevada State College, Madonna University, Oakland University, Jackson State University, the University of South Florida, Delta State University, the University of West Georgia and Miami University of Ohio to field test the mission statement, bylaws and selection criteria being developed by the association’s national steering committee. 

Founded in 1979, the Association for Integrative Studies is the national professional association devoted to promoting interdisciplinary studies, best practice teaching techniques, theoretical models of curriculum development and national standards for interdisciplinary program accreditation. The association is housed at Miami University of Ohio and provides a forum for interdisciplinary research and the scholarship of teaching and learning though its national journal, newsletter, listserv and annual conference.

SUNY Potsdam Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Gerald Lee Ratliff is currently serving on the association’s national steering committee, which will draft the standards for institutional membership and determine the academic and scholastic criteria for faculty and student membership. 

“I am very pleased to join my higher education community colleagues in promoting integrative studies that result in new theoretical models of teaching and learning,” he said. “It is particularly exciting to be part of a national conversation that advocates integrative studies as a crucial ingredient in strengthening the academic role of interdisciplinarity within and beyond the academy.”

The pilot charter chapters are scheduled to present the initial recommendations of their campus documents at the association’s Fall 2012 national conference hosted by Oakland University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.    

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.