NORTH ADAMS -- For the third consecutive year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) was named as a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges in a list of 2014 rankings by U.S. News and World Report.
Public schools run the gamut from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions. MCLA comes in 10th on a list that puts the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis at No. 1.
MCLA President Mary K. Grant said in a statement she is pleased MCLA has earned this distinction in the publication's 2014 "Best Colleges" listing, and largely credits the college's faculty for providing students with a top-ranking education.
"MCLA students are inspired to innovate and explore infinite possibilities as our faculty lead them through an exploration of ethics and social values, and encourage civic engagement," Grant said. "Through exceptional undergraduate research opportunities, diverse study away programs, abundant service learning opportunities, and many other programs, MCLA's first-class public liberal arts education equips our students with a diversified skill set in an increasingly complex world. This prepares them to succeed in graduate school, in careers, and as informed and engaged citizens."
Also once again, MCLA - a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) - shared the Top Ten recognition with other COPLAC institutions: New College of Florida; St. Mary's College of Maryland; University of North Carolina - Asheville; and University of Minnesota - Morris.
U.S. News and 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, according to the report.
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