In 1953, the Atlantic Coast Conference, or ACC, originated as a result of a split of eight members of the Southern Conference. The ACC was originally commissioned by James Weaver. Some of its first members included Duke University, North Carolina State University and Clemson University, and some schools to later join the conference included Boston College and Virginia Tech.
The ACC is designed to help members of collegiate sports teams succeed both academically and athletically. It focuses on diversity, goal attainment, sportsmanship and fairness. As of February 2015, there were 15 members in the conference, with the latest addition being the University of Louisville in 2014. Both the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina were previous members who left the conference.