Global Liberal Arts Alliance meets at John Cabot University

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Dean Mary Merva addresses conference participants

John Cabot University was honored to host the first Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA) Liaison Meeting. From January 7 through 9, over 30 educational leaders and administrators gathered at JCU to exchange knowledge, expertise and experience among institutions committed to education in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.

The GLAA is an international, multilateral partnership of American style liberal arts institutions with the goal of supporting excellence in liberal arts education on a transnational basis. The Great Lakes Colleges Association, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, coordinates the activities and projects of the Alliance and was instrumental in its formation. There are presently 29 institutions representing 17 nations in the Alliance membership. The Alliance was formally founded at a meeting of university Presidents in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Since that time, there have been additional leadership meetings in Morocco, Bulgaria, Athens, Slovakia, and most recently in Hong Kong.

The GLAA was founded and is administered by the Great Lakes Colleges Association with the generous support of the Endeavor Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.