Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

Who We Are

About Us

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs is the professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences for working adults. The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the administrators of programs granting degrees such as Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, among others, and to programs with related curricula and goals. The AGLSP promotes the core concepts and goals of Graduate Liberal Studies, fosters high standards in GLS programs, provides guidance for institutions considering initiating and improving such programs, and promotes public awareness of the programs.

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) is an international organization of over 87 institutional members that share a common interest in graduate-level liberal education primarily serving adult, part-time students. Founded in 1975, the AGLSP represents a broad cross-section of higher education–from small liberal arts colleges to large, research-oriented universities in the public and private sectors. Read the AGLSP Constitution.

Mission

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs is a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among Graduate Liberal Studies programs, their students, their alumni, and all others with related intellectual and institutional goals. The Association promotes the concept and goals of Graduate Liberal Studies, fosters high standards in GLS programs, provides guidance for institutions considering initiating, sustaining, and improving such programs, and promotes public awareness of the programs.

The programs represented by the members of the Association offer graduate degrees and certificates that are interdisciplinary in nature and adhere to the values of liberal arts education. These programs provide an alternative approach to continued learning for students who seek broad, interdisciplinary paths to knowledge, usually in a flexible format that accommodates all students. Degrees commonly offered by GLS programs are the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), Master of Liberal Studies (MLS), Master of Liberal Arts (MLA), Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS)Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS), Master of Humanities (MH), Doctor of Liberal Studies (DLS), and Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA).


Officers 2019

 
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President

Michael Garval

North Carolina State University

garval@ncsu.edu

 
 

 
 

Vice President

Christopher Pastore

University of Pennsylvania

cpastore@sas.upenn.edu

 
 

 
 

Treasurer

Rebecca Sharp Sanchez

Rice University

rksharp@rice.edu

 
 

 
 

Board Members 2019

 

Thomas Cook

Rollins College 

tcook@rollins.edu

 
 
 

 
 

 

Tara White Kee

University of Delaware

mals.udel.edu

 
 

 
 

 

Jill LeRoy-Frazier

East Tennessee State University

leroyfra@etsu.edu

 

 
 

 
 

 

William Nericcio

San Diego State University

memo@sdsu.edu

 

 
 

 
 

 

Ana Thorne

Mount St. Mary’s University

athorne@msmu.edu

 

 
 

 
 

 

Jerry Van Hoy

University of Toledo

jerry.vanhoy@utoledu.edu

 
 

 
 

Ex Officio

Steven Burr

Loyola University

Editor-in-Chief, Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
www.confluence-aglsp.org
twitter.com/ConfluenceJrnl

Director of Program Operations, Graduate Liberal Studies, Loyola University Maryland
http://www.loyola.edu/academic/liberalstudies

sburr@loyola.edu

 
 

 
 

National Office Administrative Manager

Kim Raptis

Rice University

info@aglsp.org

713-348-6118
Office Hours 10-4pm CST