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.


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