Administrative and Staff Groups

GLCA brings together a variety of professionals to discuss best practices, benchmark, offer opportunities for professional development, and provide opportunities to grow resources for students, faculty, staff, and the institutions. Current convening groups include:

  • Academic Student Success
  • Admissions Committee for Access and Diversity (ACAD)
  • Admissions Deans and Directors
  • Annual Fund
  • Campus Safety and Security Directors
  • Career Services
  • Campus Visit and Event Planners
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFO)
  • Chief Information Officers (CIO)
  • Deans of Students
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee (DEIAC)
  • Financial Aid Officers
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Human Resource Officers / Tuition Remission Exchange Officers Institutional Researchers
  • International and Off-Campus Education Committee (IOCEC)
  • International Student Advisors
  • Mental Health and Wellness Leaders
  • Museum Directors
  • Orientation Leaders
  • Public Information Officers
  • Registrars
  • Residence Life
  • Student Activities

Tuition Remission Exchange

The Great Lakes Colleges Association operates the GLCA Tuition Remission Exchange (GLCA-TRE) program, which allows the children of member college employees to attend any of the member colleges tuition free. The thirteen member colleges of the GLCA, along with Beloit College, Grinnell College, Lake Forest College, Washington & Lee University, Willamette University, and Wittenberg University are participating members for a total of 19 institutions.


One of three current strategic projects, the GLCA Academic Leadership and Innovation (GALI) series is the signature GLCA program that provides professional development and supporting communities of practice for faculty and administrators to become institutional stewards with the skills and institutional knowledge needed to provide leadership on programs, projects, and strategic priorities of the institution. Building on over two decades of workshops focused primarily on mid-career faculty, the GALI series has expanded to support multiple constituencies with programming delivered using multiple modalities.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

The GLCA hosted a Presidential Summit on Mental Health and Wellness in December 2019. Mental health and wellness are issues that touch all of us, regardless of the role we have on our campuses. Through the summit, campus teams from GLCA schools met to deepen their understanding of mental health and wellness topics through presentations by experts, work on campus action plans, and cross-team sharing of ideas and programs.

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is an international partnership of 30 liberal arts institutions in 18 countries (including the thirteen members of the GLCA). The Alliance’s goal is to support excellence in liberal arts education in their historical, cultural, religious, environmental, and economic contexts through collaboration.