Overview of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

This section describes the makeup and responsibilities of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is authorized by Section 5 of Chapter 15A of the Massachusetts General Laws and operates under the direction of a board of trustees, the members of which are appointed by the Governor. The board is responsible for operating under the regulations promulgated by the state’s Board of Higher Education, which includes setting policy, approving annual budgets, monitoring quarterly budget performance, and participating in the approval of internal audits. The president of MCLA reports to the board of trustees; is the administrative head of the university; and is supported by the vice presidents of academic affairs, administration and finance, and student affairs, as well as the executive vice president, dean of academic affairs, and chief advancement officer.

MCLA is a member of the Massachusetts public higher education system, which consists of 15 community colleges, nine state universities, and five University of Massachusetts campuses. MCLA is located on Church Street in North Adams. As of fall 2019, MCLA had 1,345 undergraduate and 162 graduate students.

MCLA received appropriations of $16,888,607 and $17,695,143 from the Commonwealth for fiscal years 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Date published: August 11, 2021

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