MCLA named a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), for the second consecutive year, has been named as one of U.S. News and World Report's Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

This list was one of several that the magazine released Wednesday, Sept. 12. 

"We are pleased to be recognized as part of this distinctive consortium of institutions for the second year in a row.  A crucial element contributing to this recognition is faculty excellence. Each day, through well-rounded academic programs, our dedicated educators provide our students with a strong knowledge base. In the process, our students are exposed to the arena of ethics, social values, and civic engagement, inspiring them with a larger vision," said President Mary K. Grant. "In an increasingly complex world, MCLA's first-class public liberal arts education equips our students with a diversified skill set that prepares them to succeed in graduate study, in careers, and as informed and engaged citizens."

MCLA, the Commonwealth's Public Liberal Arts College, is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). Other COPLAC institutions included on the Top Ten list were: New College of Florida; St. Mary's College of Maryland; University of North Carolina - Asheville; and University of Minnesota - Morris.

"Furthermore, as a member of COPLAC, I am pleased to see this group so well represented among the Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges," President Grant said. "I know that our COPLAC partners share MCLA's commitment to access, opportunity, and the public liberal arts mission."

News & World Report ranks colleges based on indicators that reflect a school's student body, its faculty, and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution achieves its mission of educating students," the report said.

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