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 Alana K. Cassidy, CIC director of sponsorships, by email at or by phone at (202) 552-8977.


CIC/New York Times Partnership IN EDUCATION

The CIC/New York Times Partnership in Education, launched in 2003, offers members discounted subscriptions to print and digital versions of the Times; digital site licenses; and exclusive programs and events on campus sponsored by the Times. The partnership also includes two annual events hosted by the Times at its New York City headquarters: a Presidents Council meeting in the fall and a workshop for student newspaper editors in the spring. In 2019, more than 200 CIC member institutions belonged to the partnership.

The 16th annual CIC/New York Times Partnership in Education Presidents Council meeting—the only such meeting of college and university presidents hosted by the New York Times—took place in New York City on October 15, 2019. Presidents of 20 CIC member institutions discussed key issues in higher education with Times national education reporter Anemona Hartocollis and Times national immigration reporter Caitlin Dickerson.

The New York Times Student News Editors Workshop, held annually since 2004, 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. Forty-three student newspaper editors from 23 CIC member colleges and universities participated in the April 2019 workshop.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 events were canceled and will be held again in 2021. CIC will update member institutions on the next meeting and workshop in 2021.

For more information about the CIC/New York Times Partnership, contact Kandace Rusnak, Times national education director, by phone (614-725-2859) or email (; or Jo Ellen Parker, CIC vice president for communications, by email (

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.

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.​