CIC Expands Social Media Communications, Launches LinkedIn Account

Social Media

CIC has expanded its social media communications for higher education leaders. In November, CIC created a new LinkedIn page that features thought leadership and media coverage of independent higher education as well as updates on CIC research, programs, and events. CIC members are encouraged to follow CIC on LinkedIn and engage with the site.

In addition, CIC has increased its activity on the long-running Twitter account @CICnotes, which keeps higher education professionals up to date on conference and program news, higher ed issues and coverage, thought leadership, and ideas from colleagues.

CIC highlights the strengths of liberal arts education and smaller private colleges on other Twitter and Facebook pages: @SmartColleges and These sites are especially designed for guidance counselors, parents, and prospective students.

New ASHE-CIC Collaboration Book

Johns Hopkins University Press published the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)-CIC Collaboration volume, The Challenge of Independent Colleges: Moving Research into Practice, in December 2017. Edited by higher education researchers Christopher C. Morphew, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and John B. Braxton, professor emeritus of higher education at Vanderbilt University, the book draws on the most recent higher education research to address issues facing smaller private colleges. Each chapter includes an in-practice response by a CIC president or provost. CIC Senior Vice President Harold V. Hartley III wrote the introductory chapter, “An Overview of the Independent College Sector.” The Challenge of Independent Colleges can be purchased from Johns Hopkins University Press. Enter promotional code HTWN to receive a special 20 percent discount for CIC members.

Annual Report

CIC released its 2016–2017 Annual Report in early December. The report comprehensively describes CIC programs and services during the past year in support of private higher education. Many of the initiatives look to the future of independent higher education while others aim to fulfill long-standing needs of member colleges and universities. The report also is available online.

CIC in the News

CIC’s 2017 Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers was highlighted in the press. On November 6, the Chronicle of Higher Education discussed the plenary session on Navigating the Most Difficult Conversations on Campus in the article, “What Some Colleges Have Learned from Hosting Controversial Speakers” as well as in a “Daily Briefing.”

CIC President Richard Ekman was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed story, “Days of Reckoning” (November 13), which discussed recent closures of several private, nonprofit institutions. The piece also cited CIC’s recent research report, The Financial Resilience of Independent Colleges and Universities.

A November 12 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “A College Weighs Its Priorities Before Making Cuts,” quoted CIC Senior Vice President Kathy Whatley on working with faculty members to weigh potential cuts to the academic program.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College (GA) and director of CIC’s new Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute, was interviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Risking Some Discomfort” (October 15). In addition, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a column by Tatum, “Former Spelman President: We Must Teach College Students to Open Up about Bias” (October 8).

The Albany Times-Union published an op-ed by CIC Senior Fellow S. Georgia Nugent, “Commentary: Look to the Evolution of Small Colleges” (September 10), which highlighted key points of CIC’s recent financial resilience report.

CIC’s new Intergenerational Connections: Students Serving Older Adults program was referenced in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal (SC) article, “Workshops Help Wofford [College] Students, Older Adults Bond” (November 26), and in the Union-Bulletin (WA) story about Whitman College’s projects, “Men and Meals” (October 22).

A few recent stories explored CIC’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction and its latest evaluation report: EdSurge, “Can Online Teaching Work at Liberal-Arts Colleges? Study Explores the Pros and Cons,” (October 4); and Inside Higher Ed, “Does Sharing Online Course Development Work?” (September 27).

And CIC’s Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research was discussed in the Gaffney Ledger (SC) article, “Limestone [College] Staff Makes Presentation at Council of Independent Colleges Workshop” (September 25).

CIC’s faculty development seminars continue to receive coverage. The Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context seminar series was highlighted in the Samuel H. Kress Foundation’s First Friday article, “In His Words: The Influence of the Kress Collection” (October 6).

The Daily Item (PA) article, “Susquehanna University Will Celebrate President Green’s Inauguration” (October 14), discussed the panel discussion, “Liberal Education: Education for Leadership,” that featured CIC’s S. Georgia Nugent, College of Saint Benedict (MN) President Mary Dana Hinton, and Association of American Colleges and Universities President Lynn C. Pasquerella.

This fall, several local papers published news about the CIC/UPS Scholarship awards: The Fond du Lac Reporter (WI), “Marian University Student Cristina Smit Receives CIC/UPS Scholarship” (November 14); the Kewaskum Statesman (WI), “Campus Update” on St. Norbert College (October 26); the Plainview Herald (TX), “Espinoza [of Wayland Baptist University] Again Receives UPS Scholarship” (October 17); the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (WI), “Silver Lake College [of the Holy Family] Student Awarded CIC/UPS Scholarship” (October 15); and the Sunday Dispatch (PA), “Kaczmarczyk [of Wilkes University] Awarded UPS Scholarship” (October 5).

The CIC State Councils National Ventures Fund grant to the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation was mentioned in the Business Insider article, “Accelerating Bachelor Degree Completion in a Single Click” (October 12).

The Johns Hopkins University article, “New Dean Charts a Fresh Course for Johns Hopkins School of Education” (September 20), focused on Christopher C. Morphew, who worked with CIC on past research reports and publications. In the interview, Morphew discusses the recently published ASHE-CIC Collaboration.

The media continue to reference past CIC initiatives and reports. A Times Leader (PA) column by Thomas J. Botzman, “Cooperation for Community Colleges and Universities” (September 16) referred to CIC’s 2017 Utilizing Independent Colleges to Fulfill States’ College Degree Attainment Goals report. The Chronicle of Higher Education story, “Stop Looking at Rankings. Use Academe’s Own Measures Instead” cited CIC’s early academic accountability efforts (September 8).

Staff News and Notes

CIC Senior Fellow S. Georgia Nugent and Senior Advisor Laura Wilcox represented CIC at the November 2017 meeting of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in Washington, DC.

In addition, Nugent spoke on a panel, “Liberal Education: Education for Leadership,” during the October inauguration of Susquehanna University (PA) President Jonathan D. Green. In September, she participated in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Academic Summit 2017 at King’s College in London, and moderated the concluding panel of the THE U.S. Student Success Forum in Washington, DC.

CIC President Richard Ekman delivered the keynote address on the impact of private nonprofit colleges and universities at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey’s 63rd annual meeting, held at the College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ) in October.