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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 5, 2003

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey will host the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) annual conference, scheduled June 20 – 23. Global Education and Civic Engagement is the theme of this year’s conference. Conference attendees will participate in topic discussions including General Education as a Site for Global Education and Civic Preparation,” Study Abroad and International Travel Courses,” Service Learning and Experiments with Experiential Transcripts,” The Use of Campus Diversity Initiatives to Advance Global Education and Civic Engagement,” and AASCU’s American Democracy Project.”

Recognizing the importance of liberal arts and sciences education for success in a complex global society, COPLAC is championing the cause of liberal arts education of superior quality in the public sector. COPLAC institutions provide students of high ability and from all backgrounds access to an outstanding liberal arts education.

The conference will begin with a reception Friday evening; Saturday and Sunday will include presentations and panel discussions. A business meeting on Monday morning will conclude the conference.

COPLAC member institutions include:

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
Keene State College, Keene, NH
Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL
Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s, MD
SUNY College at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
University of Main at Farmington, Farmington, ME
University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC
University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI

For more information on the COPLAC Conference at Ramapo College of New Jersey, visit and click on the COPLAC logo, or call Dr. Martha Ecker, (201) 684-7532. For more information on COPLAC, go to


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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