Current Events

AALE Appoints New President

The American Academy for Liberal Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles Butterworth, emeritus professor of politics and government at the University of Maryland, as the new president of the Academy effective June 3, 2011. He brings to the position a distinguished scholarly career focused on Arabic-Islamic political thought, service on AALE’s board of trustees, and a lifetime commitment to liberal education. Butterworth has been serving as the acting president of the Academy since January 2011.

The Academy continues to serve as the only accrediting agency for programs and institutions focusing on liberal education.


Newsletter Archives

Download & read AALE’s Fall 2008 Newsletter/Update as a printable PDF.

Download & read AALE's Winter/Spring 2005 Newsletter as a printable PDF. In this issue, read about:

  • Addition of New Board Members Reflects AALE's Growing Mission
  • Charter Accreditation Director Sarah Cunningham writes on the Benefits of Accreditation and Characteristics of Successful Charter Schools
  • AALE Launches New Higher Education Membership Programs for Schools Outside the US
  • New Member Profiles
  • AALE's First International Affiliate Members
  • New Staff Announcements
  • Teaching American History Grant Evaluation Update
  • New AALE Board of Trustees Chairman A. Lee Fritschler Appointed


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"One of the most powerful ways people educate themselves is though conversation, discussing ideas. That can't happen if people are not looking at the same things."

Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University, on the need for a common curriculum.