The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is a multilateral partnership of equals that seeks to serve as a beacon for educational leaders, faculty members and administrators. Its purpose is to exchange knowledge, expertise and experience among institutions committed to education in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. This initiative was founded and is administered by The Great Lakes Colleges Association with the generous support of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

News and Events

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article by Lisa Anderson, President of American University of Cairo: a political scientist's view of the Arab Spring.  What We Got Right and Wrong

An article in the Fall, 2012 Liberal Education, published by AAC&U, presents compelling arguments for a transnational approach to global higher education.  Click on title below to read the article.

An Education for the Twenty-First Century:  Stewardship of the Global Commons

by Douglas C. Bennett, Grant H. Cornwell, Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, and Celeste Schenck, with side box on the Global Liberal Arts Alliance

New Global Liberal Arts Alliance Programs

Conference on Water

The College of Wooster will host an  Alliance meeting in the summer of 2013 on WATER.  A call for interest has been sent out to all Alliance member institutions.  The conference is scheduled for June 24-27, 2013, and is designed for apporoximately 30 faculty participants.   For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Senior Program Officer, GLCA.

The Global Course Connections Project

This year, twenty faculty members on twelve Alliance campuses will enhance their courses by connecting with a companion course in another nation. The goal of the Global Course Connections project is to enrich each connected course with an international perspective through direct exchange between students and faculty members as they discuss shared readings and assignments. The participating campuses for the 2012-2013 academic year are:

Al Akhawayn University, Albion College, Allegheny College, American College of Greece

American University of Beirut,  Denison University,

 Effat University, Franklin College, Hope College, and Kalamazoo College

For information about this project or other GLAA programs, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Great Lakes Colleges Association.


  • The American University of Beirut formally joined the Global Liberal Arts Alliance in November 2010
  • Alliance Presidents met from 3-5 Februry 2011 at Ifrane, Morocco-based Al Akhawayn University
  • Alliance Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) met at the American University of Bulgaria from 7-9 July 2011
  • Lingnan University, Hong Kong, became the newest member of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance in May 2012.
  • Global Liberal Arts Alliance Faculty Members, Chief Academic Officers, and Presidents attended a conference on Transnational Liberal Arts,  hosted at the American College of Greece  in Athens from 22-24 June 2012