NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) recently was recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of “26 Four-Year Public and Private College with Low Costs and High Salaries” for graduates.

These four-year public and private nonprofit colleges recognized by the U.S. Department of Education were highlighted in its recent report, “Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need,” which identified institutions that are doing well to enroll and graduate low-income students.

According to MCLA President James F. Birge, this national recognition acknowledges the success of the College’s faculty, staff and students in fulfilling the campus’s mission to provide access and success.

“We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for our efforts to support and promote the achievements of all of our students, as we offer programs that lead them to graduate with minimum debt, and a degree that provides the base for a successful career,” Birge said. 

All 26 colleges enroll more than 40 percent low-income students. These institutions feature above-average Pell enrollment, an affordable net price, and good graduation rates for all of their students.

Earlier this year, MCLA was awarded a $2.177 million Title III “Strengthening Institutions Program” grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase retention and graduation rates of students from low-income families and students of color over the next five years.

The initiatives supported by the Title III grant align with the goals of the “Massachusetts Vision Project – A Public Agenda for Higher Education in Massachusetts,” which was created to increase college completion and eliminate disparities in degree attainment.

In addition, the Department of Education last spring recognized MCLA as one of 13 institutions nationally for graduating students from low-income families at the same rate as students from high-income families.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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