Department Advocacy Resources
Many liberal arts and sciences departments are under pressure to increase student majors as colleges and universities face public higher education cuts, enrollment declines, and demographic shifts.
With the pandemic exacerbating these challenges, the Society is collecting resources to help arts and sciences departments attract more majors, mentor students more effectively, and demonstrate how they prepare students for fulfilling careers.    

In the spirit of cross-disciplinary learning and exploration, the Society’s goal is to share best practices across a range of disciplines. If you would like to share a departmental advocacy resource with us, please email

American Historical Association

Department Advocacy Toolkit
Summary: AHA uses data, articles, and other resources to provide specific content for department chairs, faculty, administrators, academic advisers, career counselors, and students on the value of studying history.


American Philosophical Association

Department Advocacy Toolkit
Summary: APA uses a modular alphabetical framework to explain core strategies for engaging prospective students, parents, legislators, and potential partners on campus. It outlines best practices for promoting the study of philosophy, from articulating key skills and competencies students acquire to developing attractive course offerings to effectively advertising on campus and beyond. 


The American Physical Society

Toolkit for Departments Under Threat
Summary: APS identifies concrete steps departments under threat can take according to different timetables from immediate first steps to over a three-year time horizon. It also includes lists of actions to take by metric-- growing their number of majors, growing enrollments, supporting their institution's mission or growing the research portfolio.


National Humanities Alliance

Strategies for Recruiting Humanities Students
Summary: NHA illuminates a range of approaches articulating career pathways, curricular innovations, cultivating a “marketing mind-set” and fostering humanities identity. Each chapter concludes with in-depth case studies that offer models for integrating strategies, engaging students, and building partnerships to make initiatives sustainable.


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