CIC Welcomes New Member Institutions and Staff

​CIC in the News

Reports on the CIC cosponsored U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Summit appeared in English and Spanish-language press. English-language coverage included the Chicago Tribune article, “Dominican University President Hopes Summit Can Build ‘Bridges Versus Walls’”(April 10); the OakPark.com-Wednesday Journal story, “Dominican [College] Builds Bridges with Mexican Universities” (April 4); the ArkLaTex (TX) article, “Wiley College President Travels to Mexico” (March 31); the HBCUBuzz piece, “Wiley’s President Attends First Higher Education Joint Summit in Mexico” (March 31); the Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine article, “College President Attends Mexican Summit” (March 28); the OurQuadCities.com story, which also was featured in University Business, “SAU and Augie Presidents Heading to Summit in Mexico” (March 23); and the Yucatan Times piece, “U.S. and Mexican University Presidents to Meet in Guadalajara” (March 22). Spanish-language press also covered the summit: El Diario on March 23, and Milenio and Mural on March 31.

CIC’s new research report, Utilizing Independent Colleges and Universities to Fulfill States’ College Degree Attainment Goals, was featured in the higher education press. The Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Incentives to Attend Private Colleges Could Save States Money and Raise Graduation Rates” (April 14) included an interview with CIC President Richard Ekman and the report’s two authors. And Education Dive published the story, “Report: States Could Save Funds by Assisting Students with Private College Tuition” (April 17).

Several local media conducted interviews with senior CIC staff members after recent Securing America’s Future workshops. The Austin American-Statesman (TX) article, “On the Virtues of Small and Midsized Private Colleges Like St. Edward’s University,” featured an interview with Ekman and CIC Senior Fellow Georgia Nugent (February 13). WABE, an Atlanta, Georgia, affiliate of NPR, interviewed Ekman and Nugent about the opportunities and challenges facing private nonprofit colleges (January 26).

The University Business article, “Rural Appeal: Small, Rural Schools Make Their Case with Unique Programs, Employment Outcomes, and Mother Nature,” quoted Ekman about the importance of small colleges combating myths and highlighting their strengths (April). The Inside Higher Ed article, “Deep Cuts at Aquinas in Tennessee” quoted Ekman about the volatility of the college admissions market and reliance on endowments (March 13). And the Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Can a Small College Close to Reinvent Itself? Saint Joseph’s Looks to Find Out” quoted CIC Senior Vice President Harold V. Hartley III on colleges’ strategic innovation efforts (February 10).

The Great Falls Tribune (MT) story, “UGF’s Edstrom Selected for Leadership Academy,” discussed CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy (April 5).

Two publications ran stories on CIC’s Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research: Reading Eagle’s (PA), “Horrors of Holocaust Made Real for Oley Valley Student” (March 20), and the Artstor Blog, “Addressing the Unaddressed: Tuskegee University’s Hidden Audio Collections, 1957–1971” (March 16).

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s (CHEA) 20th-Year Op-Ed Series: Accreditation and Overhaul featured a column by Richard Ekman, “Burdensome Accreditation System Needs Overhaul” (March).

The eCampus News story, “What Does It Really Take to Build a Flourishing Online Learning Program?” discussed the Learning House/CIC report, Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities 2016 (February 28).

In the Herald-Whig (IL) article, “Gervasi Feels QU Affiliation with CIC Will Help During Financial Recovery,” Quincy University (IL) President Robert Gervasi discussed the advantages of CIC membership and participation in the Securing America’s Future workshops (February 3).

The Inside Philanthropy story, “A Fundraising Luminary Shares His Secrets of Attracting Wealthy Supporters,” featured CIC Board Director Jerold Panas, executive partner and CEO of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, and quoted Ekman on CIC’s Securing America’s Future initiative (January 19).

These stories and others are available at online.

Welcome New CIC Members

The Board of Directors and staff of CIC welcome the following new members since fall 2016:

New Institutional Members
Adventist University of Health Sciences (FL)
Bacone College (OK)
College of the Atlantic (ME)
Franklin & Marshall College (PA)
Gallaudet Un​iversity (DC)
University of the Sciences (PA)
Villa Maria College (NY)

New Affiliate Member
Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (IN)


Coalition Letter on Protecting Student Aid

CIC is among 576 organizations and higher education institutions that sent a letter to Congress on April 5 urging members to protect critical student aid and research programs, including Pell Grants. Coordinated by the American Council on Education and other national education groups, the letter represents a diverse range of organizations nationwide.


Staff News and Notes

In February, CIC Senior Vice President Katherine Whatley was a panelist for the CUR Dialogues 2017 session, “Reigniting Research: How Academic Affairs-Governmental and Public Affairs Partnerships Can Promote the Impact of Undergraduate Research.” The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts the biennial conference to bring research-active college and university faculty and administrators together with representatives of government and private funding organizations.

Carol Schuler, CIC vice president for State Council Programs, represented CIC at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 6, an event that received funding through a CIC State Councils grant. Schuler also provided remarks from the higher education community at the inauguration of Chris A. Wood as president of Davis & Elkins College (WV) on March 30.

In March, “Educating for Vocation: Weaving Educational Ideas with Institutional Practices,” an article by Shirley J. Roels, was published in Christian Higher Education 16 (1–2). Roels is CIC senior advisor and director of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE).

Roels, who has directed NetVUE since its establishment in 2009, will retire from the position at the end of this summer but continue to serve as a CIC senior advisor and assistant director for NetVUE during the ensuing year. Under Roels’ leadership, NetVUE launched with a quick start, enrolling 125 colleges and universities as founding members in its first several months, more than doubling initial projections. Since then the network has expanded rapidly, adding additional member institutions (now 220) as well as significant new programs and services.

David Cunningham headshotDavid S. Cunningham, professor of religion and director of the CrossRoads Project at Hope College (MI), will become director of CIC’s NetVUE program beginning September 1. He has taught at Hope College since 2003, also serving as director of Hope’s Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing since 2011. Cunningham led Hope’s Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) project, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., and directed the Vocation in Undergraduate Education Conference for CIC that was a forerunner of NetVUE. Earlier, he taught theology and ethics at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and was associate professor of theology at University of St. Thomas (MN). Cunningham is widely published and has edited two NetVUE volumes on vocation and the academy that have been published by Oxford University Press, with a third in the works. He holds a PhD in Christian theology from Duke University, where he was a Jacob Javits Fellow, and a BA and MA from the University of Cambridge, England. He earned a BS in communication studies at Northwestern University.

With the appointment of Cunningham, the NetVUE national office will relocate from Calvin College (MI) in Grand Rapids to Hope College (MI) in Holland. Lynne M. Spoelhof, NetVUE program coordinator, will continue her work for NetVUE after September, relocating to the new NetVUE office.

Shirley Roels stands with Hal Hartley, Christopher Coble, and Richard Ekman
During the 2017 NetVUE Conference, CIC recognized Shirley J. Roels for her service. Pictured (from left to right) are Harold V. Hartley III, CIC senior vice president; Christopher L. Coble, Vice President for Religion, Lilly Endowment Inc.; Roels, CIC senior advisor and director of NetVUE; and Richard Ekman, CIC president.

After serving as CIC’s development manager since August 2015, Erin Mezgar left CIC in January 2017 to pursue new professional opportunities. She now works at the National Parks Conservation Association as associate director of the Trustees for the Parks program.

Alana Cassidy headshotAlana K. Cassidy joined CIC as development manager in February 2017. Her duties focus on enhancing CIC’s relationships with corporations and foundations. She also works closely on CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy programs. Previously, Cassidy spent more than five years as director of business development for Academic Search, Inc., serving as the lead proposal writer and point of contact to secure new contracts. She also established the firm’s overall marketing presence and served as a representative at national conferences, including CIC’s Presidents Institute and the Institute for Chief Academic Officers. Earlier, Cassidy held positions as events operations manager and as marketing assistant at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a minor in Spanish from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Sidney Davis, CIC’s communications and social media fellow since August 2016, left CIC to pursue new career opportunities in January. He is now a ​social media associate at SGIA.



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