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FROM THE PRESIDENT
August 24, 2009
We received good news in June that Shepherd University has been accepted into the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). This is an exciting step for Shepherd as we move toward implementing our vision statement of becoming "a premier public liberal arts university."
Shepherd's membership in the 25-member (now 26-member!) public liberal arts council is crucial as it places Shepherd in a prestigious group of like-minded public liberal arts institutions. COPLAC membership will provide us with best practices used by other public liberal arts institutions with which we share an educational niche. COPLAC schools meet once a year on a member campus and again at the annual Association of American Colleges and Universities meeting--both meetings will provide Shepherd with ample opportunity to meet and interact with public liberal arts leaders.
Shepherd shares the hallmarks of our public liberal arts peers: an excellent education at an affordable price, a modern feel combined with a traditional education, and an individualized approach in the classroom. While Shepherd professors offer a challenging and rigorous curriculum, they match high expectations for students with generous academic and personal support.
Shepherd offers a quality educational experience with a public liberal arts feel at a public university cost. Our rich cultural environment with strong programs in the arts and music as well as the humanities sets us apart even in this cutting edge group.
Kudos go to Dr. Mark Stern, former vice president for academic affairs, for helping Shepherd University reach this milestone. Dr. Stern guided the COPLAC application process to a successful outcome.
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