CIC to Publish New Research Digest Series

CIC is pleased to announce that it will introduce a new higher education research digest series, written by John M. Braxton, distinguished professor of education at Vanderbilt University, in fall 2016. Responding to keen interest in such a service expressed by CIC member campus leaders, the new online digest will synthesize relevant scholarship, making it easily accessible and identifying practical recommendations that CIC presidents, chief academic officers, and other higher education leaders can implement on their campuses.

With the generous support of the Spencer Foundation, CIC will publish the research digest three times a year: fall, winter, and late spring. Each publication will review approximately eight to ten recent scholarly books or articles on topics relevant to independent higher education. Braxton plans to cover a broad range of topics relevant to presidents and other leaders of institutions of independent higher education including access and affordability, student demographics, enrollment management, the curriculum and liberal arts education, student learning assessment, student success, faculty issues, learning technologies, intercollegiate athletics, governance boards of higher education, institutional strategy, and college and university finances.

In his own scholarship, Braxton focuses on the college student experience and the sociology of the academic profession. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 articles in referred journals, book chapters, and books. The latter include Rethinking College Student Retention; Professors Behaving Badly; Faculty Misconduct in Collegiate Teaching; and Institutionalizing a Broader View of Scholarship through Boyer’s Four Domains. Braxton serves as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of College Student Retention and served as the ninth editor of the Journal of College Student Development from 2008 to 2015. He also is a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.