About CLAC

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The Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) is an organization comprised of many of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States. The group evolved from meetings of college presidents in 1985 and 1986 at Oberlin College; a brief history of the Consortium has been compiled. CLAC has focused on the uses of computing and related technologies in the service of the liberal arts mission. Academic computing, administrative computing, library automation, web services, telecommunications, and campus-wide networking all fall within the scope of the Consortium's interest.

The Consortium is chartered to explore the use of information technology in the context of liberal education and to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas among its members.  CLAC develops robust opportunities for communities of practice to enrich one another through collaboration.

CLAC activities include an annual conference, collection and sharing of benchmark data through the EDUCAUSE core data survey, active list serv discussion of best practices and advice, opportunities for staff exchange, and representation of the interests of liberal-arts institutions on information-technology issues at the national level when appropriate.

The Consortium is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Oregon in 1993. CLAC is administered by a governing Board of Directors of six institutional-member representatives elected by the members. Membership is currently limited to seventy institutions, and new members may be invited to join only if the number of current members falls below the designated limit.

There are currently seventy members of the Consortium (Google Map of CLAC Institutions).