CIC Launches Redesigned Charts and Data Web Resources

Redesigned Charts and Data Web Resources

In October, CIC launched the redesigned Charts and Data section of its website with improved organization and updated content. The resources collection provides CIC member institutions access to facts that demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of private higher education as a sector and CIC institutions in particular. The redesign focused on providing a simplified interface, interactive charts, improved accessibility, links to related resources, and links for sharing on social media. All resources are available for download, and will be continuously updated and expanded. View the new Charts and Data website section.

Bar graph: Private colleges award larger institutional grants
Note: Data reflect average amount awarded in financial aid programs to first-time, full-time degree-seeking students in 2015–2016 constant dollars. See an interactive version of this figure in the new Charts and Data section.

Updated Chief Academic Officer Survey Data

CIC recently updated its 2010 report, A Study of Chief Academic Officers of Independent Colleges and Universities. The update analyzes data from the American Council on Education’s (ACE) national survey of chief academic officers conducted in 2013. ACE did not publish a report based on the 2013 data but collegially allowed CIC access to prepare this report. The update provides comparative data on select characteristics, duties, and job satisfaction of CAOs at CIC institutions with their colleagues in other sectors. Among the key findings: Overall, CIC CAOs report high job satisfaction, with 49 percent “very satisfied” and another 43 percent “satisfied”; only 8 percent reported being “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied.” And between 2009 and 2013, the percentage of female CAOs at CIC institutions rose from 36 percent to 44 percent. This was the highest percentage of female CAOs across four-year sectors. PDFDownload the analysis.

New Edition of Research Digest

The latest edition of the Digest of Recent Research, released in October, highlights timely and pertinent research from scholarly journals that independent college and university presidents, chief academic officers, and other senior campus leaders are likely to find helpful. The Digest is edited by Matthew J. Mayhew, William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration at Ohio State University. The latest installment includes reviews of articles on the following topics: implications of identity-based fundraising; high-impact practices and graduation rates; admissions office diversity and equitable admissions decisions; importance of reporting instructions for sexual assault; effectiveness of flipped classroom instruction in mathematics; food and housing insecurity among undergraduates; the influence of debt letters on student borrowing choices; and measuring students’ capacity for innovation. The Digest is available online and may be downloaded as a PDF. CIC is grateful to the Spencer Foundation for supporting this member service.

Workshop on Cross-Border Quality Assurance

CIC, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Hollings Center for International Dialogue hosted a workshop on cross-border quality assurance of higher education that focused on Malaysia, Oman, and the United States and more generally the Arab world and Southeast Asia. Held in Istanbul, Turkey, September 6–7, the workshop brought together 13 higher education leaders from Egypt, France, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, Turkey, and the United States to explore five key topics: quality assurance in each country especially in relation to each country’s work internationally; the current state of regional or international cross-border quality assurance as it affects these countries and their colleges and universities; quality assurance in various disciplinary areas; expectations and future needs in cross-border quality assurance; and recommendations for future quality assurance efforts and further cooperation among participants. CIC President Richard Ekman and Drew University (NJ) President MaryAnn Baenninger, chair of the CIC Board of Directors, represented CIC during the meeting. Esther Barazzone, president emerita of Chatham University (PA), served as the conference’s rapporteur. A summary paper that includes recommendations for policy and next steps is available online.

Webinar on Serving Undocumented Students

The American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), in cooperation with CIC and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, hosted a webinar, “Serving Undocumented Students: Mitigating Micro and Macro Barriers to Create an Inclusive Campus,” on November 14. The presenters—including Gerardo Ochoa, assistant dean for diversity and community partnerships at Linfield College (OR)—discussed the perspectives of undocumented students in the context of frequently confusing institutional, state, and federal policies as well as financial limitations serving those student populations. Presenters also provided strategies on enlisting institutional and community partners to create opportunities for such students to achieve their educational goals.

Conference on Improving College Opportunities for Veterans

CIC was a supporting organization for the Improving College Opportunity for Veterans conference, which was co-hosted by the College Board and Ithaka S+R. The November 13–14 convening brought together higher education and veteran leaders to generate new ideas and offer practical guidance on how to identify, recruit, enroll, support, and graduate more veterans. More than 100 people from 33 colleges—including Allegheny (PA), Muhlenberg (PA), and Wheaton (IL) colleges—12 education organizations, and ten veteran-serving organizations participated in the event. The conference was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

Reflections on the Founding President of TEAC, a Leader in Teacher Education

The teacher education community lost a respected scholar and champion of reform on September 14, 2018, when Frank B. Murray passed away after a sudden illness. Murray was H. Rodney Sharp Professor Emeritus in the school of education and psychology department at the University of Delaware; he was dean of the college of education from 1979 to 1995 and director of the Center for Educational Leadership and Policy from 1995 to 2000. He served on the editorial boards of several journals in developmental and educational psychology and was a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Educational Research Association. Murray also was the founding president of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) in Washington, DC, and served as chair of its board of directors and for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). He continued his work on accreditation by joining the board of directors for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, serving most recently as board chair.

Frank Murray’s relationship with the Council of Independent Colleges began in 1998 when he became founding president of TEAC, which CIC had created in 1997. Widespread dissatisfaction with the effects of existing accreditation practices on teacher education programs in use at small colleges had led Allen P. Splete, then president of CIC, and Keith G. Briscoe, then president of Buena Vista College (IA), to work with presidents and faculty members at interested CIC member colleges to develop an alternative accreditation structure more suited to their needs. With active support from CIC, both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Secretary of Education approved TEAC as a “recognized” accreditor. By 2007, many institutions of higher education chose to seek accreditation from one of the two existing organizations—TEAC and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Murray’s leadership over 12 years made TEAC a viable alternative. Many institutions embraced the new effort, and TEAC became a major force in sponsoring needed changes in teacher education accreditation.  
“In contrast to a prevailing approach that emphasized methods and theory, TEAC’s approach worked to confirm two things: That K–12 teachers could demonstrate mastery of both the subject matter and teaching effectiveness in the classroom. Murray’s efforts helped all institutions with teacher education programs reassess themselves and provided a format that allowed major improvements to take place. TEAC accreditation visits proved meaningful and successful,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.

“Frank’s wit, wisdom, and scholarly knowledge kept the process moving and will long be remembered by those who worked with him,” remarked Splete, president emeritus of CIC. “I continued to work with Frank on teacher education issues for a number of years after my retirement from CIC. His friendship is one I shall always cherish. His presence in the field of teacher education will be missed.”

In 2010, the boards and staff of TEAC and NCATE decided to work together to create a new organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Murray continued his work in accreditation by serving on the CAEP board.

CIC in the News

The new CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium received press coverage in November. After interviews with CIC President Richard Ekman, Inside Higher Ed published the article “Your Course Is My Course, Too” (November 29), and the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Teaching” newsletter highlighted the Consortium in “Sharing Online Courses” (November 29).

CIC’s new report, Taking the Field: Intercollegiate Athletics on CIC Campuses, was featured in the November 1 Inside Higher Ed article, “A Look into Small-Time Athletics.”

Two publications explored CIC’s recent report, The Independent College Presidency: 1986–2016. The report was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education story “What’s on the Mind of the Private-College President?” (September 20) and the Education Dive brief “What Is the Future of the American College Presidency?” (September 21).

The November 12 Inside Higher Ed story “Veterans Day” discussed veterans on campus as well as the November 13–14 Improving College Opportunities for Veterans conference that CIC supported.

CIC’s new Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance received significant press cover this fall. The October 7 Washington Post story, “‘Showing That They Care’: College Faculty Called On to Aid Floundering Students” highlighted the Consortium. A modified version of the story also appeared in the October 8 Hechinger Report article, “At a Growing Number of Colleges, Faculty Get a New Role: Spotting Troubled Students.” The Diverse: Issue in Higher Education article, “HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program Connects Alabama Students to Workforce” (October 25) discussed Talladega College’s participation in the Consortium. The Daily Journal (IN) article “Franklin College [IN] Faculty Featured in Training Program” discussed the Consortium and Franklin College models that showcase best practices in preparing students for careers.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program received press coverage this fall. The Kenosha News (WI) story “Leaders from Southeast Wisconsin Discuss Economic Development” (October 4) discussed a Carthage College panel presentation featuring Fellow John Baldacci, former governor of Maine. The News India Times (U.S.) story “Immigrants vs Rich, White Incumbents—Sayu Bhojwani’s Take on American Politics” discussed Bhojwani’s service as a WWVF fellow (November 6). Bhojwani is founder and president of the New American Leaders Project.

A Longview News-Journal’s (TX) September 26 “College News” report discussed two LeTourneau University (TX) students who received CIC/UPS Scholarships through a grant CIC provided to the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation.

Staff News and Notes

CIC Vice President for State Council Programs Carol Schuler delivered the greetings of the higher education community during the October 26, 2018, inauguration of Michael P. Mihalyo Jr. as the 12th president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WV).

David S. Cunningham, CIC’s director of NetVUE, was a panelist at the November 17–20 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The session, “Religion in Light of Its Ecosystems: Liberal Arts Colleges, Vocational Discernment, and the Humanities,” was sponsored by the AAR Academic Relations Committee. Cunningham also hosted a small reception at the AAR Meeting for faculty members in theology and religion of NetVUE member institutions.

Lesley McBain, CIC’s director of research projects, represented CIC at the Annual Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, which took place in Tampa, Florida, November 15–17. McBain co-chaired a meeting of the ASHE-CIC Collaboration, a research-to-practice partnership established to strengthen the link between empirical research and institutional practice in smaller private colleges and universities. McBain also represented CIC at the Conference on Improving College Opportunities for Veterans (see above).