CIC to Publish New Research Digest Series


CIC will introduce a higher education research digest series, written by John M. Braxton, distinguished professor of education at Vanderbilt University, in fall 2016. Responding to strong interest in such a service expressed by CIC campus leaders, the online digest will synthesize recent higher education scholarship, making it easily accessible and identifying practical recommendations that CIC presidents, chief academic officers, student affairs officers, and others 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.


Journalists continue to interview CIC President Richard Ekman about college business models, enrollment, and financial issues. Ekman was quoted in the Washington Post articles, “Alumnae Vowed to Save Sweet Briar from Closing Last Year. And They Did.” (March 3, 2016) and “Moody’s: Colleges Have Entered the New Normal of Flat Tuition Revenue” (November 19, 2015), as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer story, “Small Schools Face Big Enrollment Problem in Future” (November 16).
Several recent stories explored CIC programs. The Washington Post article, “Corporate Approach Can Rub Colleges the Wrong Way” (March 11), and the Inside Higher Ed piece, “Experts Doubt Debacle at Mount St. Mary’s Will Diminish Board Interest in Nontraditional Presidents” (March 2), discuss CIC’s Navigating a New Culture workshop and quote Ekman. The Inside Higher Ed article, “Is Tenure Essential?” (January 6), discusses CIC’s Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education and its related sessions at the 2016 Presidents Institute; “Between Consortia and Mergers” (November 4) mentions CIC’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction.
The Hechinger Report story, “Facing Growing Scrutiny, Colleges Set out to Prove Their Value,” (January 22) cites CIC’s recent research report, The Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education at Private Nondoctoral Colleges and Universities.
These stories and others are available at


CIC President Richard Ekman moderated a Congressional Briefing titled “Holistic Approaches to Postsecondary Persistence and Success: Integrating Liberal Education, Professional Studies, and Civic Engagement” in January 2016. The New American Colleges and Universities (CA) hosted the briefing and other events in Washington, DC, to highlight how integrating liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement has enhanced students’ undergraduate education while preparing them for careers and lives as global citizens. Students and recent graduates representing 12 NAC&U member institutions participated in the events, which demonstrated how students can effectively “make the case” for the high-quality education offered by smaller independent colleges.
At an invitational conference convened by Yale University President Peter Salovey in fall 2015, Ekman moderated an open forum of public and private college and university presidents to discuss the applicability of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute model to school-college partnerships in other communities. Also participating in the conference were CIC member presidents Jeff Abernathy of Alma College (MI), MaryAnn Baenninger of Drew University (NJ), John Bassett of Heritage University (WA), Katherine Fell of University of Findlay (OH), Robert Gervasi of Quincy University (IL), Thomas Kazee of University of Evansville (IN), Margaret McKenna of Suffolk University (MA), Mary Meehan of Alverno College (WI), Frederik Ohles of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Quint Thurman of University of the Southwest (NM), John Roush of Centre College (KY), William Troutt of Rhodes College (TN), J. Cameron West of Huntingdon College (AL), and Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran of Kalamazoo College (MI). The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute approach emphasizes collaboration between K–12 teachers and college faculty in strengthening the content of the curriculum in arts and sciences subjects and has demonstrated effectiveness in improving student achievement in high-poverty school districts.
Shirley J. Roels, CIC senior advisor and Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education director, joined the board of directors of the Theological Book Network (TBN) in November 2015. TBN provides high-quality academic books and journals to theological libraries to support the training of church leaders, facilitate indigenous research, and strengthen the teaching of professors.
In November, CIC senior vice president Harold V. Hartley III co-chaired a Presidential Session, “Beyond Research to Practice: Institutionalizing Collaboration between ASHE Researchers and Smaller Private Institutions,” at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference in Denver, Colorado.


The Board of Directors and staff of CIC welcome the following new members since November 2015:
New Institutional Members
Cottey College (MO)
John F. Kennedy University (CA)
Middlebury College (VT)
Pitzer College (CA)
Union University (TN)
Walla Walla University (WA)
New Associate Member
Manor College (PA)
New Affiliate Member
New England Board of Higher Education (MA)