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What differentiates the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University from other liberal arts colleges at R1 universities is the manner in which we integrate the core strengths of a liberal arts education into the research and teaching mission of the University through a sophisticated understanding of emerging modes of scholarship, communication, and creative activity in a digital age.

Attracting, retaining, and cultivating talent remains the most important means by which we will move the College from a position of national prominence to one of national leadership. The specific strategies articulated in this plan demonstrate the concrete ways we will weave the values of a liberal arts education into the life of the University so that we are able to educate a new generation of citizen scholars capable of solving the world’s most challenging social, cultural, and ethical problems.