Category Archives: Academics

SACS body reaffirms Auburn accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges this week reaffirmed Auburn University’s accreditation.

The approval was announced Tuesday during the SACS Commission on Colleges annual winter meeting in Atlanta.

Following usual procedures for decennial reviews, the Commission on Colleges reached its reaffirmation decision after teams of educators from peer institutions reviewed Auburn’s compliance with the principles of accreditation. Preliminary review was conducted by an off-site team in October 2012, and the second team visited in March to confirm Auburn’s continued compliance with accreditation standards and federal requirements and the university’s plans for enhancing student learning in the future.

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Auburn senior Patrick Donnan named Marshall Scholar, one of 40 in United States

Patrick DonnanAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Patrick Donnan has been named a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, becoming one of only 40 U.S. students selected to attend their choice of university in the United Kingdom.

“We are very proud of Patrick, both for his accomplishments at Auburn and for his being named a Marshall Scholar,” said Melissa Bauman, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “He has displayed great leadership in the classroom and the laboratory and in advancing science in the community.”

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Auburn University to launch online environmental science master’s program

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An online master’s degree program in soil, water and environmental science at Auburn University has gained final approval and will officially launch spring semester 2014, giving working professionals in fields related to natural resource management the opportunity to further their education and build their expertise via distance education.

The fully online program, which the Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved Sept. 13, is a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary program offered through the Agriculture Interactive Distance Education Alliance, or AG*IDEA, a consortium of universities offering distance education programs and courses in agricultural disciplines. In addition to Auburn, participating AG*IDEA institutions include the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University.

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PowerTech America Inc. commits $40,000 to Auburn’s Early Childhood Summer Enrichment Program

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – PowerTech America Inc. has pledged $40,000 to the College of Education’s Early Childhood Summer Enrichment Program at Auburn University. PowerTech America, a unit of Seosan, Korea-based Hyundai PowerTech, manufactures automatic transmissions for both the on-site Kia plant as well as other U.S.-based Hyundai plants.

The six-week summer enrichment program, offered by the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching, was developed to give students ages three to eight academically enriching experiences during the summer. Each six-week session is based on a specific theme and provides instruction in English language arts, math and science. The program also helps undergraduate students learn about the art of teaching in a classroom during the summer.

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Auburn University’s nuclear power generation systems minor receives scholarship funding

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Power Nuclear Power Generation Systems Program within Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has received more than $190,000 in scholarship funding from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The funding will provide 15 academic scholarships for students enrolled in the minor. Designed to attract engineering students from all disciplines to the minor, and ultimately to the nuclear industry, the scholarships provide an award of $4,500 annually for a two-year period.

“The NRC’s scholarship support of this minor is a significant boost for students who desire to be a part of the nuclear power generation industry,” said Bill Goodwin, program director. “It’s not about making nuclear engineers; it’s about equipping Auburn engineering students with the tools and skill set to succeed in the nuclear power generation industry. The NRC’s funding will make this vision a reality for a number of Auburn students.”

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Auburn University launches distance and continuing education program website

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has created a comprehensive, online resource for distance and continuing education programs to give current and potential students convenient access to information about educational opportunities across campus.

The website,, pulls together in one location all distance and continuing education programs in undergraduate, graduate, professional and personal enrichment. A list of available resources and additional information can be found at the website.

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