Only one college per state...and Sonoma State University was chosen to represent California's public liberal arts colleges.
Last year, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), invited Sonoma State University to be considered for membership. COPLAC is a prestigious group of public liberal arts colleges from across the nation. Members must show a specific focus on sustaining high-quality relations between students and faculty, selective admissions, recognition of cultural and intellectual diversity, and commitment to high-quality liberal arts education for those who may not achieve it otherwise. After an extensive review of the campus and its programs, SSU was accepted as the 17th member of COPLAC.
"What a wonderful tribute to Sonoma State University. To be selected as the sole California member of the nationwide Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges is a signal honor, one that recognizes the special strengths and values of Sonoma State," says Chancellor Charles Reed.
COPLAC has four goals:
1) to promote nationally the values of superior undergraduate liberal education in a public college setting in order to enhance understanding among the general public of the value of moderately sized public liberal arts colleges.
2) to communicate 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.
3) to work actively with member institutions to improve the quality of liberal arts and sciences education on our own campuses and achieve the goals of the organization.
4) to support the efforts of other institutions to achieve distinction in the liberal education of students.
Other COPLAC institutions include: The College of Charleston, The Evergreen State College, Fort Lewis College, Henderson State College, Keene State College, Mary Washington College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, New College of the University of South Florida, Ramapo College of New Jersey, St. Mary's College of Maryland, SUNY College at Geneseo, Truman State University, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Minnesota at Morris, University of Montevallo, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Each of COPLAC's goals meshes well with SSU's educational mission (attached). Drs. Bernie Goldstein and Katharyn Crabbe traveled to SUNY College at Geneseo on June 21 for the induction ceremony.
For more information, contact Katharyn Crabbe, (707) 664-2114.
Public Affairs Offices/Campus News