AALE welcomes new Associate Members
Fall | 2019

At the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) annual meeting on June 11, 2019, the Board of Trustees reviewed applications for charter Associate membership, a new membership initiative created to serve as AALE’s alternative, non-accredited venue for supporting distinctive post-secondary programs that model excellence in liberal education.

The Board is pleased to announce the following post-secondary programs have been accepted as charter Associate members 2019-2020: Liberal Arts Program at Deep Springs College (CA); Great Books Program at Monterey Peninsula College (CA); Integral Program at St. Mary’s College (CA); Shimer Great Books School at North Central College (IL); Great Books Program at Benedictine College (KS); Fortin/Gonthier Core Texts & Enduring Questions Program at Assumption College (MA); Program of Studies at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (NH); Core Curriculum at the King’s College (NY); The Honors College at Belmont Abbey College (NC); Ashbrook Center at Ashland College (OH); Templeton Honors College at Eastern University (PA); Core Curriculum at University of Dallas (TX); Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas at the University of Texas-Austin (TX). 


AALE Board members Sara Henary and Joshua Hochschild are working with the new charter Associate members to set an agenda for the coming year. Discussions are to focus on shaping best ways to effectively articulate what counts as genuine liberal education, building a brand identity that promotes member programs among high school students looking to pursue rigorous liberal arts learning on a post-secondary level, and increasing Associate membership.

If you are a post-secondary program interested in joining our efforts to strengthen the value and public awareness of liberal education, we invite you to submit an application for Associate membership. For information please contact us at