CIC Announces New Online Learning Report

Learning House report coverThe Learning House, Inc. released a new report, Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities 2016: A Survey of Chief Academic Officers, in November. The report—which is based on a survey of CIC chief academic officers conducted by the Learning House in spring 2016—provides CIC campus leaders with information about the current state of online instruction at CIC colleges and universities. Topics addressed include the types of online programs offered, how the delivery of online programs is organized, financial considerations, and future plans by colleges for the use of online learning. The report compares results of the 2016 survey with findings from a similar 2013 report (PDF).

Among the new report’s key findings are:

  • Ninety percent of CIC colleges and universities offer at least one online or hybrid course (consistent with the 2013 findings);
  • The number of CIC institutions offering one or more online degree programs increased to 61 percent (up from 52 percent three years ago);
  • More than one-third of institutions report increased revenue due to online education;
  • Nearly 25 percent of respondents offer at least five fully online programs (up from 15 percent in 2013) while 8 percent offer no online programming (down from 10 percent);
  • Faculty resistance remains a critical barrier to implementation; and
  • Three-fourths (76 percent) of respondents report increased student participation in online education and 66 percent report increased enrollment.

The complete report is available as a PDF.

CIC in the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Getting Up to Speed as a New President” (November 20), discussed several of CIC’s programs for aspiring and new college and university presidents and quoted Richard Ekman.

Several publications covered the new Learning House/CIC report, Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities 2016: University Herald, “More Private Colleges Welcome Online Education” (November 16); Education Dive, “Distance Learning Explodes at Private Schools” (November 15); Campus Technology, “Report: Private Colleges, Universities Expand Online Learning Opportunities” (November 14); and Inside Higher Ed, “Growth in Online Education at Private Colleges” (November 14).

CIC Senior Vice President Harold V. Hartley III was quoted about the strengths of CIC member colleges in the Inside Higher Ed article, “Leaders Consider Future of Tiny Liberal Arts Colleges” (November 11).

CIC’s Securing America’s Future liberal arts education efforts received recent coverage. The October/November 2016 Insights newsletter of the Independent Educational Consultants Association published the column, “The Truth about Liberal Arts Education,” by CIC Senior Fellow S. Georgia Nugent. And CIC President Richard Ekman and Nugent were interviewed in the WVIK (NPR affiliate) story, “The Value of Liberal Arts Colleges” (October 24).

The New York Times column by James Stewart, “How Much Graduates Earn Drives More College Rankings” (October 20) quoted Ekman.

CIC’s grant and scholarship programs received local press coverage. The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education was discussed in the Herald-News (IL) article, “DISCOVER Stories Project Launches in Romeoville” (October 26), and the Richland Source (OH) story, “Ashland University Uses Grant to Offer Life Calling Courses” (October 7). The CIC-administered UPS Scholarship was covered in the Fond du Lac Reporter story, “Students at Marian University, Ripon College Receive Funding” (September 6).

CIC research reports and data were mentioned in several articles, including the Nashville Ledger (TN) story, “Small School Tuition Not What You Think” (October 28); a Crescent-News (OH) column by Defiance College President Richanne Mankey, “Student Debt Is Investment in Future” (September 19); and the Woodburn Independent (OR) story, “Woodburn Students Attend Private College Camp,” (August 31) which referenced CIC’s Expanding Access and Opportunity report.

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) story, “Washington Reporter to Visit Campbell” (October 12) mentioned the CIC-administered Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program.

These stories and others are available at the CIC in the News page.


Staff News and Notes

Hollie Chessman, CIC director of research projects, participated in the November Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference in Columbus, Ohio. She facilitated the ASHE-CIC Collaborative Presidential Session with Christopher Morphew, professor and executive associate dean for research and innovation at the University of Iowa’s College of Education and principal author of the latest CIC research report, Changes in Faculty Composition at Independent Colleges; Julie Burdick, vice president for enrollment management at Ohio Dominican University; Laurel Kennedy, vice president for student development at Denison University (OH); and Charles Stinemetz, provost of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Kathy Whatley was promoted to senior vice president in November 2016 after serving as vice president for annual programs since March 2013. Her primary responsibilities include programmatic development of the Institute for Chief Academic Officers, the Presidential Spouses and Partners Program, and the Workshops for Department and Division Chairs.



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