The ACLS Strategic Plan

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to present its Strategic Priorities for 2020-2024.

This plan is the result of several months of consultation and deliberation with Member Societies, Consortium and Associate Colleges and Universities, board, funders, fellows, partners, and staff. Though the ultimate plan changed shape in its final stages in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains solidified in our commitment to advance the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Its goals are centered around four core elements: providing support for scholarship and scholars, especially new PhDs and those facing a difficult job market in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic; our organization’s mission to connect different facets of the academy and serve as an alliance builder in strengthening its infrastructure and exploring what its future will be; the need to amplify humanistic scholarship in the public eye; as well as the need to review what we as a community are doing now and renew in order to strengthen and sustain a positive future for humanistic scholarship.

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