CIC Welcomes New Member Institutions

New Institutional Members

The Board of Directors and staff of CIC welcome the following new members since June 2017:

Ave Maria University (FL)
Benedict College (SC)
Hofstra University (NY)
Indiana Institute of Technology
Methodist College (IL)
Parker University (TX)
Pepperdine University (CA)
Presentation College (SD)
University of Hartford (CT)
University of Mobile (AL)


CIC’s newest research report, The Financial Resilience of Independent Colleges and Universities, attracted attention in several higher education news outlets, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast” (August 14); Inside Higher Ed, “Healthier Than Imagined?” (August 14) and “Three Edtech Hypotheses to Help Explain Small College Financial Resilience” (August 21); and Education Dive, “Report Finds Many Small, Private Colleges Are in Strong Financial Shape” (August 16).

Three media outlets recently published columns by CIC Senior Fellow S. Georgia Nugent. The Albany Times-Union commentary, “Look to the Evolution of Small Colleges,” (September 10) highlighted key points of CIC’s financial resilience report. The Huffington Post column, “The College Students You Aren’t Reading About,” (August 14) rebutted a Chronicle of Higher Education editorial by Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, that criticized students’ civic participation. Nugent also published in the Huffington Post, “Is Higher Education Really Losing Public Support?” (August 10), a column in response to a recent Pew Research Center report about public attitudes toward higher education.

Local media published articles about CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy this summer, including BusinessWest (MA), “Calvin Hill Selected for National Leadership Development Program” (July 20); and Black Mountain News (NC), “Warren Wilson College’s New President Has Local Connections” (July 19).

CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program was featured in the BusinessWest article, “Harry Dumay Takes the Reins at Elms College” (July 25) and a Times Union (NY) “It’s an Honor” brief (July 27).

Three articles recently referenced CIC’s new Intergenerational Connections: Students Serving Older Adults program: The Advocate’s (LA) “People in Business” update for Baton Rouge (July 23); BusinessWest’s “Bay Path University Awarded Council of Independent Colleges Grant” story (July 12); and the Caldwells Patch (NJ) “Caldwell University Students Will Help Senior Citizens Using $13K Grant” article (July 10).

CIC’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction was featured in the Ithaka S+R Blog column, “Innovation through Collaboration” (August 23).

The Inside Higher Ed story, “Collaborating to Add Upper-Level Humanities Courses,” also explored CIC’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction and quoted Richard Ekman, CIC president, and Philip M. Katz, director of projects (June 21).

CIC’s faculty development seminars received coverage in several local papers. The American history seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency” was featured in the Daily Republic (SD), “DWU Professor Studies Qualities of Effective President at DC Seminar” (August 5) and the Daily Star (NY) “Who’s News” brief (June 26). The art history seminar, “Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States (1770–1914),” was covered by the Messenger-Inquirer (KY), “KWC Professor to Attend Yale Seminar, Present Research Paper on Teaching European Art” (July 18); and the News & Advance (VA), “Randolph Art Professor Heading to Yale for Seminar” (June 13). The Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar was discussed in the Reading Eagle’s local religion digest (June 3).

The CIC-managed Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows (WWVF) Program was mentioned in the Wicked Local-Cambridge article on commentator and WWVF Fellow Callie Crossley, “Cambridge Resident Appointed to Wellesley College Board” (July 31).

A Florida Politics “College Bound” brief discussed the CIC/UPS Scholarships that support one low-income, first-generation student at each of the member colleges of the CIC State Councils (August 5).

The media continue to reference past CIC initiatives and reports. The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned CIC’s past accountability efforts in the September 8 story, “Stop Looking at Rankings. Use Academe’s Own Measures Instead.” The July 20 Seattle Times Education Lab story, “Student Voices: My Family Wanted Me to Go to College, But I Felt Guilty. Here’s Why,” mentioned the CIC-Walmart College Success Awards. And The Hill’s (DC) July 22 article, “Private Colleges Play a Key Role in Diversifying America’s Workforce,” cited CIC’s 2015 Expanding Access and Opportunity: How Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges Serve First-Generation and Low-Income Students research report.

A July 7 Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) report on the 2017 CHEA Summer Workshops highlighted Ekman’s comments on the future of accreditation.


CIC Senior Vice President Hal Hartley and Director of Research Projects Hollie Chessman along with Michael Williams of the Austen Group led a webinar on August 17 for Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Educators. The hour-long presentation, sponsored by the Association for Institutional Research and the National Center for Education Statistics, described the various ways CIC uses data from IPEDS, most notably in the Key Indicators Tool and Financial Indicators Tool annual benchmarking reports (see story).

CIC Senior Fellow S. Georgia Nugent delivered presentations at a September 26 Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges luncheon and board meeting on the value that private college graduates bring to the workforce in Ohio.

Barbara Hetrick, senior advisor, received McDaniel College’s (MD) 2017 Alumni Professional Achievement Award at the Alumni Association Awards Banquet on October 20, 2017.