UofL's move to ACC to help academics


by Whitney Harding


Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 7:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A new, major conference is definitely a reason for students to get excited, but in the end, what Louisville’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference also does is bolster the school's academic reputation, something that many are ready to relish.

"What better academic neighborhood to live in than the ACC," University President Dr. James Ramsey said. "This is the academic neighborhood that we want to be associated with and affiliated with as we continue to work as hard as we can every year to get academically better and better and better."

The ACC already boasts five schools in the top 30 of the US News and World Report national university rankings: Duke comes in at number 7, Notre Dame ranks at 18, Wake Forest and Virginia are tied at 23 and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill rounds it out at 30. All of these institutions are definitely top-notch universities and good allies to have.

"One of the things I love about the ACC is that they have identified themselves as the league and the conference that is most interested in academics," University of Louisville provost Shirley Willihnganz said. "For example I've already been to a meeting of the provosts. Like Tom, I've been here for a while and this is my fourth conference too. This is the first time I ever remember provosts coming together."

That’s not the only example of members of ACC universities working together. The conference even brings together students from different campuses.

“"It offers us collaborations,” Ramsey said. “We've already announced a collaboration with regards to emergency medicine with the University of Pittsburgh. We're included in all kinds of conversations now and opportunities now that we just really haven't had before."

"The conference actually gives money to support student research projects and then all the students who do the projects come together and present their results to each other," Willihnganz added.

Students are also excited for the upswing of academic achievement knowing that in the end, the higher the university is regarded, the more impressive their degrees will be viewed.

"I think it'll up the ante you know coming from an ACC school and stuff a lot more people know about the ACC than anything else,” Lee , a current University of Louisville student said. “So, yeah it'll definitely give a lot more sense of accomplishment."