The Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc., was chartered in the state of Michigan and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1962. Since its founding, it has been governed by its Board of Directors and charged with working on behalf of its member institutions, a consortium of thirteen, private liberal arts colleges located in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The member colleges of the GLCA are Albion College, Allegheny College, Antioch College, Denison University, DePauw University, Earlham College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, and The College of Wooster.
The GLCA operates through an interlinked structure of committees, councils, and advisory groups composed of faculty, staff and administrators from the consortium's member campuses. These groups contribute to the development of consortial initiatives and priorities; however, ultimate responsibility for the programmatic and financial activities of the Association rests with the Board of Directors. The organization's day-to-day operations and programs are the responsibility of the President and staff. The GLCA office is located in Ann Arbor, MI.
The committees, councils, and advisory groups that govern the GLCA and its activities work in cooperation with one another to provide support, guidance and feedback to the GLCA President and staff. The Board of Directors, which includes the President, leads the organization. The Deans' Council and Academic Council generate ideas and provide feedback about the organization's continuing programs and new initiatives. Both Councils are represented on the Board of Directors.
GLCA's advisory groups, include the Committee for Institutional Commitment to Educational Equity (CICEE), the International and Off-Campus Education Committee (IOCEC), and the Women's Studies Committee. The advisory groups are also in regular dialogue with the Deans' Council, and report their insights and ideas about strengthening consortial activity to that body.