The Association provides services to its members, as well as colleges and universities seeking to establish Graduate Liberal Studies programs, and students seeking information about existing programs. The association is a community dedicated to interdisciplinary adult learning and supports its members in a variety of ways. Through workshops, conferences, listserv communications and publications, the association enables members to come together to address the practical issues in directing their programs, from advising students to developing curricula, from recruitment to assessment.
Our Annual Conference explores issues of both academic and societal concern, and offers students and faculty opportunities to present their research.
Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies is a publishing opportunity for students and faculty, showcasing the interdisciplinary essays as well as creative work. Confluence offers annual writing awards and supports a blog for the ongoing sharing of ideas and writing related to graduate liberal studies.
The Annual Faculty Award gives members a way to honor and bring national recognition to the achievements of their faculty and their programs. We also offer Student Writing Awards which may be given to any current student or recent graduate (up to one-year post-graduation) of an AGLSP institutional member program in good standing. Students are nominated by their home program director.
The AGLSP National Honor Society is open to liberal studies students who have met the criteria set by the member institution and the AGLSP Honor Society. The member institution must have an AGLSP approved chapter. The criteria are: Students who have earned a minimum of 3.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, have at least 24 credits toward their master’s, doctoral degree or 16 credits toward a certificate of advanced graduate study. They must have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and in the greater community, and have been selected, approved and invited to join the Honor Society by their enrolling institution.
The AGLSP offers a selection of resources for directors of GLS programs: compilations of core and interdisciplinary course syllabi, program data from member surveys, and the Pre-conference Workshop presentations. Members have access to all publications through our password protected Resources for Members Page.
The Association’s Graduate Liberal Studies: A Guide for Directors, Faculty and Staff addresses all facets of Graduate Liberal Studies and includes a section dedicated to starting a GLS program. This guidebook is available to members free of charge, and can be purchased by nonmembers by contacting the Association Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AGLSP’s program review guide offers program members directives and tools for self-study and on-site peer reviews, providing formative evaluations and advocacy. The AGLSP can assist with obtaining data regarding Peer or Aspirant programs, and provide a list of external reviewers.
The Association can also connect those wishing to explore starting a new program with experienced GLS administrators and faculty.