In 1972, the Administration on Aging, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, established a grant program to fund gerontology programs in colleges and universities. This was the first federal program targeted specifically at education and training in aging issues. That same year, Syracuse University established the Gerontology Center, which in 2011 was renamed the Aging Studies Institute (ASI).
ASI is a collaborative initiative of the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Its mission is to coordinate and promote aging-related research, training, and outreach at Syracuse University. With over 30 faculty affiliates from more than a dozen departments, ASI provides multi-disciplinary research and education that is relevant to almost every academic discipline on campus.
ASI is also home to the Center for Aging & Policy Studies (CAPS), a complementary initiative that has received funding from the National Institute on Aging that supports interdisciplinary research in two priority areas: 1) age-related changes in everyday context, and 2) the interactions between individual behavior and various public policies.
ASI is committed to developing the next generation of scholars and practitioners. It provides education and training opportunities to undergraduate students and faculty members at Syracuse University. ASI supports the undergraduate minor in Gerontology, where students are exposed to a variety of theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, and policy initiatives. It also coordinates and promotes a range of age-related graduate-level coursework that is offered by various SU departments. In addition, ASI hosts the biennial gerontology education workshop for undergraduate- and graduate- level instructors interested in proposing or strengthening aging-related courses.