Auburn University at Montgomery

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Auburn University at Montgomery
Auburn University at Montgomery (logo).png
Motto Our Standard Is Excellence
Type Public
Established 1967
Endowment $24 million[1]
Chancellor Carl A. Stockton
Academic staff
318 (2006-2007)[2]
Students 4,878 (2016-2017)[3]
Undergraduates 4,273 (2016-2017)[3]
Postgraduates 605 (2016-2017)[3]
Location Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Campus Suburban, 500 acres (2 km²)
Athletics NCAA Division II
Colors Black and Orange
         
Nickname Warhawks
Website www.aum.edu

Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) is a coeducational public university located in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. It is governed by the Auburn University Board of Trustees. It was established by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 1967. AUM offers programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's, and specialist degrees in business, education, liberal arts, nursing, and sciences. As of 2017, the university enrolls almost 5,000. In January 2007, the university moved toward branding itself as Auburn Montgomery.

History[edit]

AUM was established in 1967 by Act 403 of the Alabama Legislature. In March 1968, Dr. H. Hanly Funderburk, Jr., was appointed vice president and chief administrator of the newly created university. AUM opened its doors in September 1969 with nearly 600 students in the old Alabama Extension Center on Bell Street, next to Maxwell AFB. Two years later, the university relocated to a 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus on the McLemore Plantation tract, 7 miles (11 km) east of downtown Montgomery. The campus' first two buildings were the Administration/Library building and Goodwyn Hall with classrooms and faculty offices.[4]

AUM has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges as an operationally separate institution since 1978.[4]

In January 2007, the university began branding itself as Auburn Montgomery and unveiled a new logo. The redesigned logo incorporates the Ida Belle Young Tower in a style resembling Auburn University’s logo, which features the Samford Hall clock tower. While the university’s official name will remain the same, the rebranding aims to increase cooperation between the institutions.[4]

Academics[edit]

Ida Belle Young Library Tower (left) and Taylor Center (right)

For the 2016-17 academic year, AUM enrolled 4,273 undergraduate and 605 graduate students. The student body is 64 percent female and 36 percent male. 51 percent of students are white, 34 percent are black,2 percent are Asian, and 1 percent are Hispanic, and 5 percent are international students. AUM comprises five Colleges (Business, Education, Nursing and Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Public Policy and Justice) that offer bachelor, master and specialist degree programs. The most popular bachelor's degrees granted are business administration (25 percent), nursing (13 percent), liberal arts (9 percent), biology (8 percent) elementary education (7 percent) and secondary education (7 percent). AUM offers a joint doctorate program with Auburn University in Public Administration.

AUM has a continuing education program that enrolls over 10,000 students annually. Continuing Education curricula include certificate programs, corporate education, community education, computer training, languages (including English as a Foreign or Second Language), online training, and youth programs.

AUM's College of Business ranks in the top 5% of business schools in the world, as accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, and was rated a "Best Business School" by The Princeton Review.[5]

Lecture series[edit]

Annual lectures include the Durr Lectures (since 1992), named for Clifford and Virginia Durr, Montgomery lawyers and civil rights activists;[6] and the Ingram Lectures (since 1989), named for Robert Ingram, noted political analyst and journalist.[7]

Student life[edit]

Composition of undergraduate student body, Fall 2016[3]
White American 2210
African American 1532
"Two or more races" 133
Asian 105
Hispanic American 60
Non-resident alien 179
Housing

AUM offers apartment-style residence halls with floor plans including up to four bedrooms. Housing is divided into three communities: The Courtyards, The Commons, and Warhawk Hall. The Courtyards residence opened in fall 1979 and is made up of seven two-story buildings. [8] In 2003 the eight-story complex known as The Commons, featuring private 4-bedroom suites, was opened,[8] and in fall 2013, Warhawk Hall was opened. Approximately 10 percent to 15 percent of AUM students live on campus during the regular school year.

Athletics[edit]

Official athletics logo.

Auburn Montgomery teams, nicknamed athletically as the Warhawks, are in the first year of Gulf South Conference play for the 2017-18 season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). AUM is currently in its first year of NCAA Division II, working toward full acceptance in the 2019-20 academic year. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

AUM participated in the NAIA for approximately 30 years. However, AUM has routinely explored possible future participation in NCAA Division II. AUM was accepted into the membership process to NCAA Division II on July 12, 2013, but the decision was then reversed on July 26, 2013.[9] AUM was expected to join the Peach Belt Conference in 2014-15, but this will apparently be set aside with the NCAA's refusal to admit the school.[10] However, the school re-applied and was approved to begin the three-year Division II membership process on July 17, 2015 and will begin the transition beginning with the 2015-16 season, while joining the Gulf South Conference for all sports effective in the 2017-18 season.[11]

On August 18, 2011, AUM officially changed the name of its sports teams from the Senators to the Warhawks.

While participating in the NAIA, AUM teams won 25 national championship, 14 by the women's tennis team (1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), nine by the men's tennis team (1987, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010) and most-recently consecutive championships by the softball team (2014, 2015). In addition, 22 teams finished as national runners-up. Individually, a student-athlete was named to a NAIA All-America team 451 times and 135 times a student-athlete was selected a NAIA Scholar-Athlete for their work in the classroom. On 32 occasions, an AUM head coach was selected National Coach of the Year. AUM teams have won a combined 107 conference or district championships and made 107 NAIA National Tournament appearances.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At A Glance". Auburn Montgomery. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Common Data Set - 2006-2007" (PDF). Auburn Montgomery. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved September 1, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Summary of Enrollment" (PDF). Auburn University at Montgomery, Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Fall 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2016. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Why choose the Auburn Montgomery School of Business?". Auburn Montgomery. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Durr Lectures". Auburn Montgomery. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ingram Lectures". Auburn Montgomery. Archived from the original on November 22, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Housing". Auburn Montgomery. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
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  10. ^ Special to the Advertiser. "College Sports - AUM | The Montgomery Advertiser". montgomeryadvertiser.com. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  11. ^ http://www.aumathletics.com/article/2803.php[permanent dead link]

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