Student News Editors from 23 Member Institutions Participate in CIC/New York Times Partnership Workshop


Forty-three student newspaper editors from 23 CIC member colleges and universities participated in the April 5, 2019, Student News Editors Workshop at the New York Times office in New York City. Part of the CIC/New York Times Partnership, the annual workshop enables participants to explore the role of a newspaper in society, meet with Times correspondents and editors, develop their journalistic skills, and network. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and op-ed columnist for the Times, Nicholas Kristof, made a surprise visit and delivered remarks during the luncheon with students. In addition, five New York Times editors engaged with the students over the course of the workshop on issues such as innovation in journalism, the work of the National Desk, digital design in the newsroom, the subscription business, and how the Times views younger audiences. Students participated from the following CIC member institutions: Adrian College (MI), Buena Vista University (IA), Connecticut College, Drew University (NJ), Endicott College (MA), Grinnell College (IA), Hanover College (IN), Lafayette College (PA), Lake Forest College (IL), Lebanon Valley College (PA), Marymount Manhattan College (NY), Marywood University (PA), McDaniel College (MD), Middlebury College (VT), Mount St. Mary’s University (MD), Saint Michael’s College (VT), Shenandoah University (VA), Simmons University (MA), St. Lawrence University (NY), Trinity College (CT), Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (PR), Wheaton College (MA), and Wilmington College (OH). For more information about the program and other partnership benefits, contact CIC Vice President for Communications Jo Ellen Parker (jeparker@cic. or Times National Education Director Kandace Rusnak (


CIC’s new Online Course Sharing Consortium has continued to receive significant press coverage since its announcement last November. Most recently, the Consortium was discussed in the Inside Higher Ed article “Sharing Courses Far and Wide” (March 6, 2019); the University Business articles “Online Course Sharing Spurs Student Success” (February 21) and “Higher Ed Association News Roundup” (March 1); the eCampusNews story “Here’s a New Way to Increase Online Course Access for College Students” (March 5); and the Pantagraph (IL) article “Online Courses Give Struggling Eureka College [IL] Students ‘One More Chance’” (February 24). In late January, the Consortium was explored in the Forbes article “A New Initiative Looks to Save Failing Students—and Their Colleges” (January 22) and the EdSurge story “Small Liberal Arts Colleges Are Sharing Online Courses” (January 25).

The new CIC/North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities initiative—Independent Pathways: Community College Transfer in the Liberal Arts—was featured in the Philanthropy News Digest story “Teagle Foundation Awards $3 Million to Bolster Liberal Arts Education” (March 8).

CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) was explored in a New York Times opinion piece by Tom Perrin, an English professor at Huntingdon College (AL), “One Way to Make College Meaningful: Don’t Find Yourself; Find a Vocation” (February 2).

Several articles featured CIC commentary about college business models, enrollment trends, and campus financial issues in recent months. The University Business (UB) article “From Higher Ed Neighbor to Bennett College Benefactor: How a Challenge Gift Helped in the Campaign to Save a College,” quoted CIC President Richard Ekman about the challenge gift High Point University (NC) provided in support of Bennett College (NC) (January/February 2019). The Wall Street Journal opinion piece “America’s Disappearing Private Colleges,” quoted Ekman about the resilience of small private colleges (February 22). The Hechinger Report article, “The Other Victims When Colleges Decline or Close: Their Hometowns,” quoted CIC Senior Vice President Harold V. Hartley III on how small private colleges drive economic activity in their neighboring towns (February 12). PBS Newshour also publicized the article.

The February 12 Chronicle of Higher Education story “Your Niche Is Not Enough,” discussed the 2019 Presidents Institute session “Considerations for Higher Education Business Models” in which co-panelist Lawrence M. Schall, president of Oglethorpe University (GA), discussed reducing and controlling campus expenses.

Articles in the Times and Democrat (February 17) and Carolina Panorama (February 14) discussed a Claflin University (SC) student who received a CIC/UPS Scholarship through a grant CIC provided to the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.


CIC President Richard Ekman provided a CIC update at the February 6 business meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Ekman discussed trends in higher education and the strengths of independent colleges at a College of Saint Rose (NY) board of trustees meeting with senior administrators on February 15, 2019.

During the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, Ekman moderated the January 30 session “Istanbul Report: Quality in Cross-Border Higher Education.” Panelists included Esther Barazzone, president emerita of Chatham University (PA), and Nadia Badrawi, vice president of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The session discussed the results of a September 2018 meeting in Turkey, co-hosted by CHEA and CIC and sponsored by the Hollings Center.

Jo Ellen Parker headshotJo Ellen Parker joined CIC as vice president for communications in February 2019. She leads CIC’s media relations, oversees all print and electronic communications, and plays an important role in articulating the case CIC makes for the liberal arts and private higher education. She also will play a key role in developing new CIC programs and services. Parker brings extensive experience to this position, including appointments as president of Sweet Briar College (VA), founding executive director of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (MI), and associate dean at Bryn Mawr College. Beyond the field of higher education, she served as president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. She has contributed as author and editor to education and scholarly publications, written numerous newspaper op-ed pieces, and led in creating innovations in campus technology and social media. Parker earned an AB from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from the University of Kansas, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania all in English literature.


The Board of Directors and staff of CIC welcome the following new members since October 2018:

New Institutional Members

Edward Waters College (FL)
La Salle University (PA)
Manor College (PA)
Marymount University (VA)
St. Augustine College (IL)

New Associate Member

Louisburg College (NC)

New International Member

Canadian Mennonite University (Canada)

New Affiliate Members

Institute for Study Abroad (IN)
LeaderShape, Inc. (IL)
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (MO)