November Institute for CAOs, CSAOs Will Focus on Students’ Civic Participation

CIC’s 2017 Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers will explore the theme “Preparing All Students for Civic Participation” November 4–7, in San Antonio, Texas. Presenters will provide guidance and concrete examples for CAOs and CSAOs to consider on how to make the most of limited resources; solve enrollment, financial, and accountability challenges; encourage students’ vocational exploration; improve students’ persistence to graduation; increase diversity and inclusion on campus; and interact with students on social media. The Institute is offered in cooperation with NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA–College Student Educators International.

Shaun Harper headshotThe Institute will begin with a keynote address by Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC), executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Harper is an expert on race, campus climate, and student success in higher education. He will address how chief academic and chief student affairs officers can encourage effective practices that lead to improvements in campus climates for all.

Andrew Chan headshotThe Institute will feature two additional plenary speakers and a plenary panel. Andrew R. Chan, vice president for innovation and career development at Wake Forest University, will discuss effective ways chief academic and chief student affairs officers can innovate and collaborate to support, motivate, and equip all of their students to be engaged, to become career-ready, and to transition successfully into the dynamic 21st-century work place.


Kevin Kruger headshotMargaret Hazlett headshotJoel Martin headshotElizabeth Ortiz headshotEugene L Zdziarski II headshot
Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, will moderate a panel on ways to foster discussions that should take place on college campuses, including those that help students understand the background of various ideas and ideologies, learn to be discerning about what they read in print and online, and follow the arguments of both sides of an issue. Panelists include Margaret Hazlett, dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College (PA); Joel Martin, provost and dean of the faculty at Franklin & Marshall College; Elizabeth Ortiz, vice president for institutional diversity and equity at DePaul University (IL); and Eugene L Zdziarski II, vice president for student affairs at DePaul University.

Eboo Patel headshotThe closing plenary address will be delivered by Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization working to build the global interfaith youth movement. Patel will discuss the roles chief academic and chief student affairs officers of independent colleges and universities play in developing and encouraging effective practices and programs that promote interfaith understanding.



Concurrent sessions will feature practical advice on responding to student dissent, building effective living-learning communities, and providing access and retention support to low-income and first-generation students. Sessions on legal issues will provide fresh perspectives on hiring, evaluation, and Title IX compliance and best practices. The Institute also will include an “open mike” session and time for networking and informal discussions.

“CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers is always my favorite conference because I learn practical solutions to problems on campuses like mine from both session presenters and networking with other CAOs,” remarked longtime participant Stephany Schlachter, provost of Lewis University (IL).

The Institute offers several workshops. The Workshop for New CAOs and the Workshop for CAOs in Their Third or Fourth Year of Service will address the key issues chief academic officers face at these stages in their work. The Workshop for New Academic Team Members will offer professional development for deans, associate provosts, and associate vice presidents who are new to their roles. Three additional workshops—Financial Literacy, Student Debt, and Post-Secondary Success; Designing Learning Spaces That Work; and Building an Organizational Structure to Support Student Success and Retention—will provide opportunities for CAOs and CSAOs to work together on issues important to their campuses.

Registration materials and the preliminary program are available on the CIC website.



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