CIC Emphasizes Importance of Language Education

Bridging America’s Language Gap

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a 2017 report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century, that highlights the critical importance of foreign language education to America’s global prosperity and standing. Recognizing the significance of the report and the issues it addresses, CIC offered program sessions at both the 2017 Institute for Chief Academic Officers and the 2018 Presidents Institute on ways to create and support flourishing language programs at member institutions.

In addition, as part of the outreach for the America’s Languages report, a number of national higher education and language teaching associations joined with representatives from business and government to create an America’s Languages Working Group. Group members signed a petition that signals the importance of language education and collaborate on activities that support the report’s recommendations. CIC, together with many other organizations, signed the petition in December. For more information, view the Commission on Language Learning website.

LinkedIn Connections

CIC created a new LinkedIn page in November 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 account.

CIC in the News

CIC’s 2018 Presidents Institute received significant press coverage. The Inside Higher Ed (IHE) article “Small College Struggles in the Sights” (January 8, 2018) referenced the Institute program, which also was highlighted in two IHE columns: “The CMO as Chief Collaboration Officer” (January 11) by Michael Stoner, president of mStoner, Inc., and “Safeguarding Academic Freedom and a College Community” (January 23) by Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of Trinity College (CT). The Diverse: Issues in Higher Education article “Obama Aide Challenges College Presidents to Encourage Civic Engagement” (January 8) discussed the plenary session by Valerie B. Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. And an Inter-Mountain column “Education Is the Key to Our Future” (January 25) by Chris Wood, president of Davis & Elkins College (WV), also reflected on the conference.

The Chronicle of Higher Education article “How Enrollment Challenges Can Spur Change” (January 21) discussed CIC’s partnership with the Chronicle on its fifth survey of enrollment and tuition revenue trends.

CIC’s 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).

Staff News and Notes

S. Georgia Nugent, CIC senior fellow and president emerita of Kenyon College (OH), concluded her tenure as the president of the Society for Classical Studies in January. Her presidency focused on how liberal arts education (specifically, classics) affords a breadth of knowledge that can lead students in many professional directions. During the national learned society’s annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, January 4–7, she organized the presidential panel session “The PhD Today: This Is Your Brain on Classics” and delivered the plenary address “Chiron Meets Charon: On Crossing over to the Dark Side.”

In January, Nugent also spoke at a George Washington University graduate seminar that focused on liberal arts colleges as a sector of American higher education.

Allison Blackburn was promoted to the position of executive director of conferences in January in recognition of her long and effective service to CIC and her achievements as leader of the conferences team. Blackburn had served as CIC’s director of conferences since October 2005.



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