CIC Launches Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance; Applications Due April 6

Any CIC campus leader would likely agree that the most important keys to student success are excellent teaching and mentoring by dedicated faculty members. As primarily teaching institutions, CIC colleges and universities look for ways to ensure that their faculty members are equipped to do both of these things well. A new initiative—the CIC Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance—will provide a powerful faculty development tool at virtually no cost to participating institutions, thanks to a generous grant from Strada Education Network.

The Consortium will strive to improve student learning, degree completion, and career placement through renewed emphasis on both instructional excellence and career guidance. Each institution that is accepted into the Consortium will have the opportunity to include 20–25 faculty members in a special program developed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) that centers on an online course in “Effective Teaching Practices” that is comprehensive, independently validated, and leads to a nationally recognized credential. Through the online series of modules, the course prepares faculty members to use evidence-based teaching practices that equip students with higher-order skills prized by employers and help students understand the relevance of their education to a variety of careers and the availability of viable career options. An online community of professional practice for the Consortium will provide faculty members with opportunities to exchange ideas and to showcase successes.

The partnership with ACUE represents a new direction for CIC in its efforts to serve its members with programs to support educational excellence. This initiative has the potential to impact institutions beyond those selected for the Consortium by providing valuable data on the effects on student learning of evidence-based practices in teaching and career guidance.

“The partnership between CIC and ACUE will provide members of the Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Readiness the tools they need to help students not only feel prepared for success but be prepared for success in work and in life,” said Carol D’Amico, Strada’s executive vice president for mission and philanthropy.  

CIC will select, through competitive application, 20 to 25 CIC institutional members to participate in the Consortium, through which a total of up to 500 CIC faculty members will be prepared during the 2018–2019 academic year. Applications are due April 6, 2018, and application materials are available on the CIC website. For more information, contact David Brailow, CIC vice president for development, at