National Academy of Sciences Features Allegheny College in Summit on Higher Education and the Workforce

Summit on Higher Education Needs and the Workforce

Only one session at the April 5 Summit on the Intersection of Higher Education and the Workforce included a representative of small colleges, and he highlighted the college’s dramatic success in preparing students for STEM careers. Co-hosted by the Business-Higher Education Forum and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Higher Education and Workforce in Washington, DC, participants discussed high-impact practices and business engagement models that increase undergraduate STEM student persistence and workforce readiness. During the first panel, James H. Mullen, Jr., president of Allegheny College (PA), which graduates a large percentage of students in STEM fields, described the college’s distinctive curriculum and the important role that small and medium-sized private colleges and universities play in preparing students for careers in STEM fields. He referenced CIC’s 2014 report, which states that 60 percent of students who begin in STEM fields at smaller private colleges stay in STEM fields, compared with only 41 percent of students who begin in STEM fields at regional public universities. Students in STEM fields at private colleges also are more likely to graduate on time: 80 percent of graduates finished within four years at smaller private colleges, compared with 52 percent at larger public research universities and 34 percent at regional public universities.

CIC in the News

Roger Bowen, CIC senior adviser and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program director, published a column in the Chronicle of Higher Education that argued “Why Academic Freedom Should Be Covered at Freshman Orientation” (May 31).

Several local media published articles that featured participants selected for CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy year-long professional development programs, including the East Boston Times-Free Press (MA), “East Boston Resident John Dolan Selected for National Leadership Development Program” (May 5); the Greenville CEO (SC), “AU Vice Provost Selected for National Leadership Group” (May 1); the Inside Indiana Business, “Othman Selected for National Leadership Program” (April 28); and the Great Falls Tribune (MT), “UGF’s Edstrom Selected for Leadership Academy” (April 5).

CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program was featured in the Ashland Source (OH) article, “Ashland University’s Chang Chosen for National Program That Prepares Leaders” (May 4).

CIC’s faculty development seminars received frequent coverage by local papers this spring. The American history seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency” was featured in the Telegram (MA) news item, “Nichols Prof in Seminar on 20th Century Presidency” (May 28); the Journal Review (IN) story, “Thomas Selected for American History Seminar” (May 23); and The Paper (IN) article, “Local Prof Selected to Council” (May 22). The Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar was discussed in two briefs: Times Recorder’s (OH), “Muskingum Professor Participating in Seminar” (May 23), and Northern Kentucky Tribune’s, “TMC’s Sherron Selected for Interfaith Seminar” (May 20). And the Capital Soup (FL) article, “Flagler Professor Selected to Participate in Summer Seminar at Yale” (March 29), mentioned CIC’s art history seminar on “Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States, 1770–1914.”

Two Florida-based publications announced William Abare’s receipt of CIC’s Charles W.L. Foreman Award: St. Augustine Record (May 12) and Plugged Into (May 2).

CIC’s April 2017 research report, Utilizing Independent Colleges and Universities to Fulfill States’ College Degree Attainment Goals, was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Incentives to Attend Private Colleges Could Save States Money and Raise Graduation Rates” (April 14) and the Education Dive story, “Report: States Could Save Funds by Assisting Students with Private College Tuition” (April 17). The Chronicle story included an interview with Ekman and the report’s authors. A May 8 Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) article, “Private Colleges Can Partner to Solve Issues,” also discussed the report.

Both English and Spanish-language press covered CIC’s U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Summit. English-language coverage included the Journal article, “Dominican [University] Builds Bridges with Mexican Universities” (April 4); ArkLaTex (TX) story, “Wiley College President Travels to Mexico” (March 31); HBCUBuzz piece, “Wiley’s President Attends First Higher Education Joint Summit in Mexico” (March 31); Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine article, “College President Attends Mexican Summit” (March 28); story, which also was featured in University Business, “SAU and Augie Presidents Heading to Summit in Mexico” (March 23); and 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.

The University Business article, “Rural Appeal: Small, Rural Schools Make Their Case with Unique Programs, Employment Outcomes, and Mother Nature,” quoted CIC President Richard Ekman about the importance of small colleges combating public perception myths and highlighting their comparative strengths (April). The Inside Higher Ed article, “Deep Cuts at Aquinas in Tennessee” quoted Ekman about the volatility of the college admissions market and institutional reliance on endowments (March 13).

In March, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s 20th-Year Anniversary Op-Ed Series Accreditation and Overhaul featured a column by Ekman, “Burdensome Accreditation System Needs Overhaul.”

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

An Inside Higher Ed article on board-president relations, “Swift and Silent Exits,” quoted Ekman (June 7).

The Houston Chronicle stories, “University of St. Thomas Balances Its Past with Its Future” (May 25) and “University of St. Thomas May Eliminate Philosophy Programs” (May 23) quoted Ekman about how some colleges are integrating humanities and sciences programs for practical career preparation.

Ekman was quoted in a Citizen-Times (NC) article on college tuition, “Can WNC Colleges Compete with $500 Tuition?” (June 5). He also was quoted on the reasons behind tuition discounting in the Inside Higher Ed article, “Discounting Keeps Climbing” (May 15).

An April 28 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Is Tuition Discounting Leading Some Colleges Off a Cliff?” quoted CIC Senior Vice President Harold V. Hartley III.

Ekman was interviewed in the Voice of America radio news broadcast, “Support for Public Universities Still Below Pre-Recession Levels” (May 6).

An interview with Ekman about independent colleges and universities and the value of the liberal arts aired during the April 30 WWL New Orleans “Community Matters” radio show.

These stories and others are available on the CIC website.

Staff News and Notes

In June, CIC Director of Print and Digital Publications Lilia LaGesse was a panelist for Women in Technology’s STEM + Art Forum held in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to discussing innovative strategies for cross-discipline problem solving with fellow panelists, she also led breakout sessions on “Using Imagery to Influence” at the Forum.

Carol Schuler, CIC vice president for State Council Programs, and S. Georgia Nugent, CIC senior fellow, addressed the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities (OICU) Board of Directors during its annual meeting at the Oklahoma State Capitol in April.

In April, CIC President Richard Ekman served as the keynote speaker at the Associated Colleges of Illinois 65th Annual Benefit Reception in Chicago, Illinois.