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 and Policy Studies (CAPS), which is the focal point for research and training on the demography and economics of aging at Syracuse University (SU). Research at CAPS includes two signature and three cross-cutting themes. The two signature themes are Health and Well-Being and Family and Intergenerational Supports; the three cross-cutting themes are the role of Policy, the importance of Place, and the distinctive circumstances of special Populations.
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.