Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative

The Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative (ACRI) is a grant-funded opportunity from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Radford University has participated since the project’s inception.

Every year in the fall semester, students enrolled in the ACRI-designated class (typically APST 495/595) respond to the ARC’s question, “How do we build sustainable Appalachian communities?” Our students have responded with projects focused on our AASIS program, place-based education, and addressing and eradicating drug abuse. 

In December, students present their research before ARC officials, as well as students and representatives from the other participating schools.

More information about the Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative, which is administered by East Tennessee State University, can be found by visiting

If you would like to enroll in the ACRI class, please contact Mr. Timothy Thornton.