American Society of Appraisers and the University of Chicago Partner to Strengthen Appraisal Education in the Midwest

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Beginning this fall, the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies will offer Principles of Valuation classes taught by accredited senior appraiser members of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

The four-part series of ASA courses are designed for prospective Personal Property Appraisers. The classes focus upon valuation theory and methods that are common to many areas of expertise. Some examples are Gems & Jewelry, Fine Art, Automotive Specialties, Antiques & Decorative Arts, Numismatics, Books & Manuscripts, Residential Contents and Oriental Carpets. The courses not only provide information about personal property valuation, but also they offer an opportunity for students with diverse backgrounds to meet and collaborate with new colleagues.

“We are delighted to be able to add Excellence in Personal Property Valuation Training to the other university-quality educational programs offered at the Graham School,” says Dean Daniel W. Shannon. “These courses will bring an added dimension to the current Artifact Collection Care Certificate program.”

Daniel R. Van Vleet, ASA, current Vice President of the American Society of Appraisers and an alumnus of the University of Chicago is “thrilled with this partnership between my two favorite educational institutions.” He says: “The American Society of Appraisers is internationally recognized as a leader in appraisal education and provides training to support the growing demand for appraisers who meet IRS qualification standards.”

Classes begin October 17, 2012 at the University of Chicago downtown Gleacher Center campus. More information and registration information may be found at:

About the American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
The American Society of Appraisers is an international organization of appraisal professionals and others dedicated to the education, development and growth of the appraisal profession. ASA is the oldest and only major organization representing ALL disciplines of appraisal specialists, originating in 1936 and incorporating in 1952. ASA’s headquarters is in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. To learn about membership in ASA or find an accredited appraiser near you, visit or call (800) 272-8258.

About the Graham School
For over a century the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies has been both an educational innovator and a principal means for extending the University’s intellectual resources and unique commitment to an intellectually rigorous approach to learning and scholarship through the provision of part-time and flexible forms of study that meet the needs of students for applied professional skills and knowledge, and for personal enrichment. The Graham School offers a wide variety of programs, reaching out to 6,000 non-traditional students annually across the globe.

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