Army Civilian University

Thursday September 25, 2008

What is it?
Army Civilian University is the emerging institution charged with conducting civilian education and training to build adaptive Army leaders. Created to oversee and fully integrate an enterprise approach to civilian education, ACU orchestrates shared services and academic processes at its assigned institutions. ACU supports U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC) establishment of integrated curricula with a standardized, competency-based approach to civilian education and leader development.

In July 2007, the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army approved Army Initiative 5, "Accelerate Leader Development," which gave TRADOC executive agency responsibility for leader development and established the Army Civilian University.

What does ACU bring to the Army?

- Enhances the Army's capability to deliver training to the Civilian.
- Produces trained and ready adaptive civilian leaders who are strategic thinkers.
- Prepares leaders to operate across the full spectrum of operations in an environment of persistent conflict.
- Strengthens the quality of each individual educational institution by ensuring appropriate investment in faculty and facilities while developing strong research and publication programs.
- Creates leader development strategies and education systems for Army Civilians, as well as synchronizes an enterprise of well-integrated institutions, building linkages with the larger academic community.
- Assists the Army to develop a clear positive civilian identity, while streamlining leader development and providing cross-functional opportunities.
- Ensures the Army leadership model keeps pace with change and resourcing challenges of the Civilian Corps and the increasing role of Civilians in the leadership positions.
- Streamlines activities and operations together into a leader development and education enterprise that develops distinct competency based learning models.

What are the next steps?

- Integrate Army Management Staff College into ACU construct.
- Build linkages with other Army civilian academic institutions.
- Advance competency-based learning models.

Resources:

POC: Mr. Ed Arnold: 703-602-9053

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Cooperative Spirit 08

Final housing privatization partners chosen

Volunteers across the country to 'dig in' for National Public Lands Day

Army to train reservists for Cleveland Clinic jobs

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • West Point listed among 'America's Best Colleges' (ARNews)
  • West Point gives cadets a new hall of learning (NYT)
  • 'Best Warrior' to challenge Soldiers (ARNews)
  • Hawaii witnesses demonstration of 'instant' causeway (ARNews)
  • Gates: 3 more brigades in Afghanistan in spring (AT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Commentary: Pakistan will prevail against terrorism (BG)
  • Pakistan leader: Citizens must support terror war (WT)
  • As crime increases in Kabul, so does nostalgia for Taliban (WP)
  • Karzai says civilian deaths hurt war (WT)
  • Iraqi Red Crescent paralyzed by allegations (WP)

OF INTEREST

  • Technology helps fight enemy rockets (EPT)
  • Judge declines to recuse himself from a 9/11 trial (MH)
  • VA boosts payments for brain injuries (BG)
  • Vaccinations upcoming as flu season approaches (ARNews)

WORLD VIEW

  • North Korea bars international inspectors from nuclear facility (IHT | Story)
  • U.S. told it must hold talks with Taliban's Mullah Omar (LDT | Story)
  • Iraqi Parliament approves elections law (IHT | Story)
  • Mid-East Quartet 'has lost grip' (BBC | Story)
  • India-U.S. in last nuclear push (BBC | Story)
  • Arms control gets the cold war shoulder (GRD | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • I will never leave a fallen comrade.... (SM)
  • War changes people (HHH)
  • A Soldier's last words: Hope rides alone (TS)
  • Get the scoop: Positive news you don't hear in the media (TS)
  • Part 7 of 11: Battlemind skills -- M is for mental health and readiness (HHH)

ARMY SPORTS

Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories

Army's NASCAR team finishes 4th in Dover

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Events

September 2008: National Preparedness Month

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2008: National Hispanic Heritage Month (Go to Web site)

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I am a warfighter logistician and supporter prepared to give the shirt off my back and boots of my feet to support the fight. I will never say no as long as I have one gallon of gas to give and one bullet to give."

-Brig. Gen. Larry Wyche, commanding general, Joint Munitions Command, speaking about selfless service on the occasion of his promotion

Joint Munitions Command commander promoted to brigadier general

STAND-TO!

STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

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