Partners and Sponsors


CIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. CIC accepts gifts and grants from corporations and foundations, sponsorships from businesses and other organizations, and gifts from individuals.

To discuss opportunities for partnering, as well as ideas for future programming, ple​ase contact David Brailow, CIC vice president for development, by email at or by phone at (202) 466-7230.


New York Times Partnership

The New York Times Student News Editors Workshop is organized annually by the Times and the Council of Independent Colleges and allows student news editors to spend a day at the New York Times exploring the role of a newspaper in society, meeting with Times correspondents and editors, and developing their journalistic skills. On average, 50 students from about 30 institutions participate in the event each year. The Student News Editors Workshop has been held annually since 2004.

This opportunity is available only to student editors at campuses that are members of the CIC/NYT Partnership in Education.

How to Join the CIC/NYT Partnership in Education
Many CIC colleges and universities have joined the CIC/NYT partnership. The only obligation for a college to be considered a partner is a minimum of 100 print or digital copies and in addition, site licenses are available at a deeply discounted rate.

If you are interested in discussing a partnership, please contact Kandace Rusnak, Times education B2B director, at or (614) 725-2859.

Date and Location
The 2017 workshop was held in New York City at the New York Times offices on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Questions regarding the Student News Editors Workshop should be directed to Lynn Donham, CIC vice president for communications, at or (202) 466-7230.

American Councils for International Education

CIC has partnered with American Councils for International Education (American Councils) to provide CIC member colleges and universities with a range of services designed to advance internationalization on their campuses. American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit organization that creates educational opportunities to prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an interconnected and increasingly interdependent world. These opportunities include academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs.

Many institutions have found it overly time-consuming and costly to maintain the infrastructure necessary to run their own overseas programs, recruit international students, or offer the spectrum of modern language and literature courses that are commonly needed to support study abroad. In addition to the programs it runs and for which CIC members are now eligible, American Councils offers customized overseas programs in selected regions to help CIC members expand their study abroad offerings.

Among the services American Councils will provide to CIC/AC members are:
  • Resources to expand the number and variety of overseas study and training opportunities for students and faculty members;
  • Assistance in the design and delivery of comprehensive pre-departure orientation programs for students and faculty members traveling overseas;
  • Tailored study-abroad programs that combine an introduction to the host country’s culture and language with subject area expertise or topic-specific coursework (to be developed in consultation with CIC partner in selected regions, contingent upon projected enrollment);
  • Initial expert consultation on the development of overseas programming in selected regions;
  • Initial expert consolation on strategies to increase international student enrollment;
  • Initial expert consolation on health and safety protocols for overseas programming; and
  • A $250 discount for each student or faculty member participating in American Councils summer overseas programs, a $500 discount on semester programs, and a $750 discount on academic year programs.
The annual fee for membership is $3,500 for institutions enrolling 2,500 students or more (IPEDs undergraduate FTE) and $2,500 for institutions enrolling fewer students.

To learn more about the benefits of the CIC/AC membership, or to discuss other internationalization initiatives on your campus, please contact Graham Hettlinger, Director of Higher Education Programs, at

For more information, visit the American Councils website.

Building Blocks to 2020 Initiative

CIC and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) created the Building Blocks to 2020 website to highlight and support efforts by nonprofit private colleges and universities to increase the number of at-risk students they enroll, and to boost the retention and graduation rates of various student populations. The website is the central component of Building Blocks to 2020, a national initiative organized by CIC and NAICU to help the nation meet President Obama's call to make the United States first in college completion by 2020.

For more information, visit the Building Blocks to 2020 website.

Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP)

Launched in November 2006 with generous support from the Getty Foundation, the CIC Historic Campus Architecture Project website offers the first nationwide architecture and landscape database of independent college and university campuses. The website provides extensive information about significant buildings, landscapes, campus plans, and heritage sites of American higher education, documenting nearly 2,100 campus sites of historical significance that have been provided by nearly 400 institutions.

HCAP content is featured in ARTstor, a nonprofit organization that offers (through a subscription service) a vast digital library of scholarly images to 950 educational and other nonprofit institutions worldwide.

Visit the HCAP website.

Student Aid Alliance

CIC is a member of the Student Aid Alliance, a coalition of organizations representing students, colleges, and universities, and others who believe that all qualified students should be able to go to college regardless of their financial resources. The goal of the Alliance is to increase federal aid for students.​

For more information, visit the Student Aid Alliance website.​