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.

​Download the Sponsorship Guidelines


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 2015 workshop was held in New York City at the New York Times offices on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

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 international services that will increase the institution’s presence abroad and advance internationalization of the campus. American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit organization that creates educational opportunities that 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 too time-consuming and costly to maintain the infrastructure to run their own programs, recruit international students from the countries of greatest interest, bring faculty members from other countries to their campuses, or offer the spectrum of modern language and literature courses that are needed to support study abroad. In addition to the programs it runs and for which CIC members are now eligible, American Councils can also offer customized program design and expanded mechanisms to promote the college in many parts of the globe.

Among the services American Councils will provide to CIC/AC members are:
  • Increase in the number of overseas study and training opportunities for students and faculty members;
  • Design and conduct pre-departure orientation for students and faculty members traveling overseas;
  • Individually tailored study-abroad programs that combine an introduction to culture and language with subject area expertise or topic specific coursework;
  • Consultation on internationalizing the campus;
  • A $500 discount for each student or faculty member participating in summer overseas programs, a $750 discount on semester-long programs, and a $1,000 discount on academic year programs;
  • Eligibility to receive international students or faculty members (approved by American Councils), often with full or partial funding;
  • Promotion of the college’s programs to international students, faculty, and institutions as potential partners;
  • Support services for international students who are living and studying in the U.S.; and
  • Recruitment of international faculty for full- or part-time positions.
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 apply for the special CIC/AC membership and to take advantage of its services through the discount available to CIC members, please download and complete the application form (PDF).

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.

Professors of the Year

Since 1981, the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards have been the only national honors designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. CIC continues to co-sponsor this program, conducted by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The goal of the Professors of the Year program is to increase awareness of the importance of undergraduate instruction at all types of higher education institutions.

For more information and a list of the current award winners, visit the Professors of the Year 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.​