CIC Hosts Webinar on Potential Impact of EU Data Protection Regulations

Data protection Webinar

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which aims to safeguard the personal information of every person who resides in an EU country and applies to every organization dealing with EU residents, will take effect on May 25, 2018. To help member institutions prepare to comply with the new regulation, CIC organized and hosted a webinar on April 19, 2018, led by Bret Cohen, partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and an expert on data privacy and consumer protection laws. Cohen provided practical steps that CIC members can take to reduce their institutional risk and answered questions from campus participants.

CIC in the News

CIC’s new report, Innovation and the Independent College: Examples from the Sector, received significant press coverage in March. Inside Higher Ed covered the report in the March 28 story, “Proof That Colleges Adapt, and a Prod for More Change”; it also was discussed in a new Inside Higher Ed blog series, “Construction Trumps Disruption,” written by S. Georgia Nugent, CIC senior fellow and president emerita of Kenyon College (OH). In addition, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Dive featured the report in March 28 briefings.

On March 3, Florida Times-Union’s lead letter to the editor was “Liberal Arts Provides a Path to Success,” written by Georgia Nugent. The letter was adapted from Nugent’s recent inaugural address at Flagler College (see below).

The Dickinson County News (IA) brief “Zeledon Named UPS Scholar” discussed a Wartburg College (IA) student who received a CIC/UPS Scholarship (March 13).

A March 1 Salisbury Post story on community colleges in North Carolina mentioned North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ new community college transfer portal that is supported by a CIC National Venture Fund Grant.

CIC President Richard Ekman was interviewed in the Voice of America’s Learning English broadcast “Experts Debate Financial Future of American Higher Education” (February 24).

The March 6 St. Cloud Times article, “CSB President Named to Two National Boards,” reported that College of Saint Benedict (MN) President Mary Dana Hinton was elected to the CIC Board of Directors.

A February 24 Herald-Journal/ brief discussed Wofford College’s (SC) Intergenerational Connections: Students Serving Older Adults project. CIC’s grant program is supported by the AARP Foundation.

The Inside Higher Ed story “Making an Impact in Online Courses” (January 31) referenced CIC’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction.

These stories and others are available online.

Welcome New CIC Members

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

New Institutional Members
Divine Word College (IA)
New York Institute of Technology
North Central University (MN)

New Associate Member
Spartanburg Methodist College (SC)

New Affiliate Members
Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts
The Washington Center (DC)

Staff News and Notes

This spring, S. Georgia Nugent, CIC senior fellow and president emerita of Kenyon College (OH), addressed two CIC State Council meetings: the Missouri Colleges Fund on April 25 and the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities on April 4. Her topic, “Advancing Independent Higher Education: Lessons Learned from the Field,” drew on her experience in leading CIC’s Securing America’s Future campaign, as well as co-authorship of the report, Innovation and the Independent College: Examples from the Sector. Nugent reflected on the most promising strategies for increasing awareness and support of the value of independent colleges and universities.

Nugent also was the keynote speaker at the inauguration ceremony for Flagler College (FL) President Joseph G. Joyner. During the February 24 event, she discussed “Diversity in a Democracy: What Can We Learn from Socrates?” She also made classroom visits, met with faculty members, and represented CIC in the installation ceremony.

Carol Schuler, CIC vice president for State Council programs, explored the ways in which State Councils strengthen independent higher education in two presentations. She addressed the annual meeting of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities in Charleston, West Virginia, on April 4, and the annual meeting of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Fund in Asheville, North Carolina, on March 19.

Schuler also served as a judge for the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ Ethics Bowl in Raleigh, North Carolina, February 16–17.

Harold V. Hartley III, CIC senior vice president, was a panelist for a March 23 webinar on leading change in independent colleges. Hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, the webinar explored the 2017 book The Challenge of Independent Colleges: Moving Research into Practice, which was the result of a collaboration between CIC and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Other panelists included co-editors Christopher C. Morphew, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and John M. Braxton, professor emeritus of higher education at Vanderbilt University, as well as Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of Saint Benedict (MN), and David Weerts, associate professor of higher education at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Hartley also presented on “Trends Affecting the Business Models of Independent Colleges” at the March 16 National Association of College and University Business Officers board of directors meeting in Washington, DC.

David Brailow, CIC vice president for development, was a panelist for the American Council on Education’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. During the March 11 session “The Future of Teaching across American Higher Education,” Brailow discussed how CIC is fulfilling its mission to advance educational quality at its member institutions and described CIC’s new Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance.

Lesley McBain headshotLesley McBain became CIC’s director of research projects in April. Her responsibilities include developing CIC’s research reports, annual benchmarking reports, “Making the Case” resources, and other research and data projects. McBain previously was an assistant director for research and policy analysis at the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Earlier, she was a management and program analyst with the U.S. Department of Education, a research analyst with the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA, a senior research and policy analyst at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and a senior data editor at the College Board. She earned a BA in English literature from Temple University, an MS in higher education organizational administration and institutional research from Drexel University, and a PhD in higher education and organizational change from UCLA.