COPLAC The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) advances the aims of its member institutions and drives awareness of the value of high-quality, public liberal arts education in a student-centered, residential environment.
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Established in 1987 and now consisting of 30 colleges and universities in 28 states and one Canadian province, COPLAC represents a distinguished sector in higher education. Some campuses have received designation from their state legislatures or public university systems as the state's public liberal arts college or the public honors college for the liberal arts. Others have carved out a less formal but no less visible role as such in their states or province. COPLAC serves both external and internal constituencies. It communicates to state and federal policy makers the vital importance and benefits of providing students with comprehensive public higher education in the liberal arts and sciences. It collaborates with major national higher education organizations like the Association of American Colleges and Universities to advance the aims of liberal learning in a global society. And it partners with the Council on Undergraduate Research to advance student learning through a recognized high impact practice. COPLAC enjoys an organizational and administrative structure that facilitates member collaborations, including multi-campus faculty and student research projects, professional development opportunities for faculty and professional staff, and enhanced information sharing through its interactive web portal. COPLAC has developed regional undergraduate research conferences and a web-based platform for outstanding scholarship at the undergraduate level. Students who enroll at a COPLAC institution are now directly engaged in the wider mission of public liberal arts education, the best preparation for a meaningful life and professional career. The Governing Board of COPLAC consists of the 30 Presidents/Chancellors or their designees. The Board elects a president of the organization for a two-year term and the full board meets on a semi-annual basis. The Board also elects a five-person Executive Committee whose members oversee the administrative work of the Director of COPLAC.

Mission: The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges advances the aims of its member institutions and drives awareness of the value of high-quality, public liberal arts education in a student-centered, residential environment.

Thank you to our colleagues who joined us for the virtual COPLAC Annual Meeting to share ideas, accomplishments, and cha...
07/13/2020

Thank you to our colleagues who joined us for the virtual COPLAC Annual Meeting to share ideas, accomplishments, and challenges we are facing in this higher education landscape. As the keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Grant, Senior Administrative Fellow for Civics and Social Justice at Bridgewater State University, said, "Citizenship is at the heart of the liberal arts. Now is the time for us to deliver on our respective missions. It's time to collaborate in new ways."

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Higher education institutions across the United States are engaging with the Black Lives Matter movement and taking acti...
06/28/2020

Higher education institutions across the United States are engaging with the Black Lives Matter movement and taking action to create more equitable campuses for Black and brown students. As high-quality, public liberal arts institutions, many COPLAC campuses are taking a close look at how they can identify and dismantle systemic racism in all of its forms at their institutions.

This is an ongoing resource page that we encourage COPLAC campuses to contribute additional content to by commenting below or contacting [email protected].

http://coplac.org/current-events/racial-justice-in-the-public-liberal-arts-conversations-actions-and-resources/

Congratulations to our 2020 Winner of the Charles Dunn Award, Dr. Olympia Nicodemi, professor of mathematics at SUNY Gen...
05/08/2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Winner of the Charles Dunn Award, Dr. Olympia Nicodemi, professor of mathematics at SUNY Geneseo! Learn more about Dr. Nicodemi's accomplishments and commitment to student success here: http://coplac.org/awards/

"My hope is that we come out of this crisis with a better understanding of how meaning and purpose grow in direct propor...
05/06/2020
Troy D. Paino column: The importance of community in times of COVID-19

"My hope is that we come out of this crisis with a better understanding of how meaning and purpose grow in direct proportion to how much we invest in other people’s lives, in how much we contribute to what Martin Luther King Jr. called the “Beloved Community” — a community built on the values of justice, equal opportunity and love for one’s fellow human beings." -Troy Paino, President of the University of Mary Washington

https://www.richmond.com/opinion/columnists/troy-d-paino-column-the-importance-of-community-in-times-of-covid-19/article_a63fab7a-1d94-57e0-9c21-5860ee39a640.html

Loneliness, isolation, social distancing. Our lives have been disrupted in ways we could not have imagined just a few weeks ago. While we know that now is not the time

Congratulations to our 2020 Winner of the David J. Prior Award, Zoe Frantom, from Truman State University! Read Zoe's es...
05/04/2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Winner of the David J. Prior Award, Zoe Frantom, from Truman State University! Read Zoe's essay "A Merging of Passions" here: http://coplac.org/awards/

The winter crop that has been growing in the greenhouse at Shepherd University’s Agricultural Innovation Center at Table...
05/01/2020
Shepherd University winter crop to help those unable to work during COVID-19

The winter crop that has been growing in the greenhouse at Shepherd University’s Agricultural Innovation Center at Tabler Farm is going toward helping members of the community who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/special/coronavirus/shepherd-university-winter-crop-to-help-those-unable-to-work-during-covid-19/article_8872babf-bd20-515f-82ac-366d18ae0592.html

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The winter crop that has been growing in the greenhouse at Shepherd University’s Agricultural Innovation Center at Tabler Farm is going toward helping members of the community

By the end of the first day of its existence, 3,000 people had joined the group and now, the Higher Ed Learning Collecti...
04/29/2020
UMW professor's online support group goes global

By the end of the first day of its existence, 3,000 people had joined the group and now, the Higher Ed Learning Collective has 25,000 members in more than 100 countries and has accumulated 400,000 posts, comments ,and reactions.
https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/umw-professors-online-support-group-goes-global/article_7e09c384-a8fd-5b64-8748-498a7bdb18e1.html

John Broome didn’t realize that the Facebook group he created had gone global until a professor in Australia noted that there, the current semester isn’t “Spring 2020” but “Fall 2020.”

04/27/2020
#FLCtogether

Fort Lewis College faculty, staff, and assorted pets welcome students back for a historic and virtual end of term.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WzVMNtPfXc

FLC staff, faculty, administration and assorted pets welcome our students back for a historic & virtual end of term!

"I am very grateful to our talented faculty and staff who are working tirelessly to create critically needed medical sup...
04/24/2020
Shepherd University | FASTEnER lab to make protective face shields for first responders, medical providers

"I am very grateful to our talented faculty and staff who are working tirelessly to create critically needed medical supplies using innovative technology to combat the COVID-19 virus."
https://www.shepherd.edu/news/fastener-lab-to-make-protective-face-shields-for-first-responders-medical-providers/

The official Web site of Shepherd University, a liberal arts institution located one hour from Washington, D.C., in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

"As instructors across the country move to remote teaching, many are worried about students who are already at a disadva...
04/22/2020
How to Help Struggling Students Succeed Online

"As instructors across the country move to remote teaching, many are worried about students who are already at a disadvantage. How can professors support them during this challenging time?"
https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-to-Help-Struggling/248325

Remote learning is tough on many students, but for disadvantaged students it can be even harder. Two experts offer advice on how to continue to support your students throughout the experience.

In an effort that is at once high-tech and homemade, a loose-knit group of people in the Asheville community and at UNC ...
04/20/2020
Community and UNC Asheville Volunteers Come Together to Protect Health Care Providers and Help Curtail COVID’s Spread - Stories from UNC Asheville

In an effort that is at once high-tech and homemade, a loose-knit group of people in the Asheville community and at UNC Asheville are working as volunteers to fabricate and donate personal protective equipment to health care providers in Asheville and beyond to help protect against spread of COVID-19.
https://stories.unca.edu/community-and-unc-asheville-volunteers-come-together-to-protect-health-care-providers-and-help-curtail-covids-spread

In an effort that is at once high-tech and homemade, a loose-knit group of people in the Asheville community and at UNC Asheville are working as volunteers to fabricate and donate PPE (personal protective equipment) to health care providers in Asheville and beyond to help protect against spread of C...

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Berkshire Cultural Assets Network members are in the process of launching the BCAN...
04/17/2020
Events – BRAINworks

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Berkshire Cultural Assets Network members are in the process of launching the BCAN Creative Challenge Series, a new way for people of all ages to be creative at home during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
http://brainworks.mcla.edu/events/

Events Calendar Home of the BCAN Creative Challenge Series: Stay home, stay safe, and stay creative! This series is an opportunity to stay creative with Berkshire arts and cultural organizations! Check back on Tuesdays and Thursdays for new challenges. Click on the calendar dates to view the latest....

Looking for ways to help during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, a team of volunteer "seamstresses" from Eastern Con...
04/15/2020
Eastern Makes, Donates Masks in COVID-19 Relief Effort

Looking for ways to help during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, a team of volunteer "seamstresses" from Eastern Connecticut State University has collaborated to produce face masks for organizations on the frontlines of the health care emergency.
https://easternct.meritpages.com/news/eastern-makes--donates-masks-in-covid-19-relief-effort-/15082

Looking for ways to help during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, a team of volunteer "seamstresses" from Eastern Connecticut State University has collaborated to produce face masks for organizations on the frontlines of the health care emergency. T...

“The whole idea of promoting health at a bigger scale and not just focusing on one individual is what I like most about ...
03/13/2020
Public Health Major Prepares for Journey to Zambia after Graduation

“The whole idea of promoting health at a bigger scale and not just focusing on one individual is what I like most about the curriculum. I like the idea of helping a whole bunch of people before they get sick.”

https://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/1582640181877/

There are many paths Keene State students take after graduation to launch a career. For senior Andrew Reilly, that journey will start in Zambia. The public health major will be embarking on an adventure volunteering with the Peace Corps after he graduates in May. Andrew’s interest in public health...

Georgia College professor creates new opportunities for students to learn topics like science and history using virtual ...
03/11/2020
Virtual reality ‘field trips’ for students created by Georgia College team | Georgia College News and Events

Georgia College professor creates new opportunities for students to learn topics like science and history using virtual reality field trips.

https://frontpage.gcsu.edu/article/news/virtual-reality-%E2%80%98field-trips%E2%80%99-students-created-georgia-college-team

Submitted by Brittiny Johnson on Mon, 2020-02-24 15:10 Facebook Google Plus Reddit Twitter  Chris Greer works with the 360-degree camera. Teachers face a host of challenges to engage students in the classroom. With new technology at their fingertips, children crave innovative ways of learning. G...

University of Montevallo alumna Elisabeth French ’93 has become the first female African American presiding judge in the...
03/09/2020
UM alumna becomes first female African American presiding judge in Alabama - The University of Montevallo

University of Montevallo alumna Elisabeth French ’93 has become the first female African American presiding judge in the state of Alabama.

https://www.montevallo.edu/um-alumna-becomes-first-female-african-american-presiding-judge-in-alabama/

University of Montevallo alumna Elisabeth French ’93 has become the first female African American presiding judge in the state of Alabama after she was recently selected to serve at the helm of the Jefferson County judicial system. She will replace Judge Joseph Boohaker who is retiring at the end ...

The Washington Center Summer Institute for Improving Undergraduate Education will offer your campus team the time and su...
03/06/2020
Washington Center Summer Institute for Improving Undergraduate Education | The Washington Center

The Washington Center Summer Institute for Improving Undergraduate Education will offer your campus team the time and support to develop a two-year action plan for your campus initiative.
http://wacenter.evergreen.edu/institute

Washington Center Summer Institute for Improving Undergraduate Education Don't miss the March 25 priority deadline for team applications. Do you have an important campus project that hasn't quite taken flight? Do you need help bringing the right people together to address issues of significance for....

The first Faith in Arts Institute is convening at UNC Asheville. This intimate, immersive institute will include worksho...
03/02/2020
Faith In Arts Institute

The first Faith in Arts Institute is convening at UNC Asheville. This intimate, immersive institute will include workshops led by art historians and curators, writers and musicians, a choreographer/dancer, and scholars of religion and the arts. A limited number of scholarships for emerging artists and scholars are available.
https://faithinarts.unca.edu/

 Faith in Arts: An Exploration of the Intersections of Art, Faith, and SpiritMay 13-17, 2020The Faith in Arts Institute is presented by UNC Asheville and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center with support from the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institu...

UVA Wise now has four new majors within the College’s Education Department so current students and prospective students ...
02/10/2020
UVA Wise adds four new majors this fall | UVA Wise

UVA Wise now has four new majors within the College’s Education Department so current students and prospective students have more academic choices and more career opportunities.

https://www.uvawise.edu/2020/01/28/uva-wise-adds-four-new-majors-fall/

UVA Wise now has four new majors within the College’s Education Department so current students and prospective students have more academic choices and more career opportunities. The new fields of study, which begin in Fall 2020, also give graduates with degrees in those academic programs prime opp...

"She explains that critical thinking, writing skills, the ability to think across disciplines, the technical classwork, ...
02/06/2020
Liberal arts education: Waste of money or practical investment? Study’s conclusions might surprise you.

"She explains that critical thinking, writing skills, the ability to think across disciplines, the technical classwork, the internship experiences of students — all provide good preparation for the workforce and are things employers are seeking."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/liberal-arts-education-waste-of-money-or-practical-investment-studys-conclusions-might-surprise-you/2020/01/13/5a197b14-3649-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html

A Georgetown University study sought to evaluate long-term return on investment for liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Thank you to our COPLAC colleagues who joined us and presented at the 2020 Winter Annual Meeting!
02/04/2020

Thank you to our COPLAC colleagues who joined us and presented at the 2020 Winter Annual Meeting!

Congratulations to Sonoma State University and SUNY Geneseo for being named "2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Stude...
01/12/2020
2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

Congratulations to Sonoma State University and SUNY Geneseo for being named "2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs" by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
https://diverseeducation.com/article/163247/

Contact: Ralph Newell Phone: 703.385.2419 Email: [email protected] Fairfax, Va.— For the seventh consecutive year, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is pleased to announce its report “The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” will be published in the March 5, 2020 editio...

The number of students casting ballots on the SUNY Geneseo campus rose by almost 600%, according to a report released by...
11/30/2019
SUNY Geneseo student voting sees a huge increase

The number of students casting ballots on the SUNY Geneseo campus rose by almost 600%, according to a report released by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement.

https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/suny-geneseo-student-voting-sees-a-huge-increase/

SUNY Geneseo has been recognized by National Voter Registration Day for it’s student-led voter registration efforts. They also have been designated a voter friendly campus by the Campus Vote …

Funded by an $803,000 federal grant, Georgia College’s School of Nursing is working to narrow the gap between the number...
11/27/2019
Georgia College grant tackles nurse examiner shortage for sexual assaults

Funded by an $803,000 federal grant, Georgia College’s School of Nursing is working to narrow the gap between the number of sexual assaults and domestic violence victims and too few nurses trained in the specialized care of victims.

https://www.unionrecorder.com/news/georgia-college-grant-tackles-nurse-examiner-shortage-for-sexual-assaults/article_ebebea70-ff69-11e9-b351-d7bdabb3c2bd.html

Funded by an $803,000 federal grant, Georgia College’s School of Nursing is working to narrow the gap between the number of sexual assaults and domestic violence victims and too few

"In any sector, some jobs will be highly technical while others will require creativity, good communication skills and a...
11/26/2019
Why hiring managers value a liberal arts education

"In any sector, some jobs will be highly technical while others will require creativity, good communication skills and analytical thinking – the very skills endowed by a liberal arts education."

https://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/sponsor-story/midwestern-state-university/2019/11/04/why-hiring-managers-value-liberal-arts-education/4113838002/

Learn why a liberal arts degree is a real asset in the marketplace, today more than ever.

“This ambitious campaign is a pathway to inspiring incredible students by igniting their imagination to achieve dreams t...
11/21/2019
UVa-Wise Honor the Future Campaign sets $100M goal

“This ambitious campaign is a pathway to inspiring incredible students by igniting their imagination to achieve dreams they never thought possible." -Chancellor Donna Henry

https://www.roanoke.com/news/education/uva-wise-honor-the-future-campaign-sets-m-goal/article_7b5bc531-ae9d-59ab-b9d8-86ef71631a96.html

WISE, Va. — The University of Virginia’s College at Wise launched its Honor the Future Campaign on Saturday and unveiled a goal to raise $100 million, according to a news

Blue Ridge Community College graduates now will have a direct admission option to North Carolina’s public liberal arts a...
11/19/2019
UNC Asheville, BRCC create program for guaranteed entry

Blue Ridge Community College graduates now will have a direct admission option to North Carolina’s public liberal arts and sciences university with the Transfer Promise Program at UNC Asheville.
https://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20191105/unc-asheville-brcc-create-program-for-guaranteed-entry

Blue Ridge Community College graduates now will have a direct admission option to North Carolina’s public liberal arts and sciences university with

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