'America's Best Colleges' & Innovator awards
ACU continues its top-tier ranking in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report on "America's Best Colleges," and is now recognized as No. 1 in a new category saluting innovation among 70 schools that peer institutions believe "everyone should be watching."
ACU attracted national attention for its innovative mobile learning initiative, as it became the first university to distribute the Apple iPhone and iPod touch to the incoming freshman class. Now students and their teachers are able to integrate technology and learning both in and out of the classroom as they receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their professors' offices, and check their account balances among other applications.
"There's a lot of excitement right now," said Phil Schubert, ACU's executive vice president. "Our 21st Century Vision – to become the premier university for the education of Christ-centered global leaders – has brought life to a host of innovative programs and initiatives. Our faculty and staff are excited about taking the quality of an ACU education to the next level and that makes for an energetic and vibrant campus."
U.S. News & World Report polled experts who responded to its annual peer assessment survey to help the magazine identify schools fitting the profile of institutions that have recently made striking improvements or innovations, and are looking to the future. ACU was tops as an "Up-and-Coming School" in the Universities-Master's western region.
ACU also won the 2008 Campus Technology Innovators award for mobile learning; was one of three universities honored at the 2008 Handheld Learning Conference in Great Britain; and was one of only 10 campuses to be visited by the Google "Apps to School" national bus tour this fall.
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