Press Releases




Council of Independent Colleges Joins "Election Imperatives" Initiative2018-08-09T04:00:00ZIn view of the upcoming midterm elections, CIC announced its endorsement of the “Election Imperatives” initiative, ten research-driven recommendations for colleges and universities to increase students’ engagement in voting, strengthen knowledge of American government, and encourage informed participation in democracy.
New Seminar Will Prepare Science Faculty Members to Use Most Effective Teaching Methods2018-04-09T04:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) announced a new program designed to prepare faculty members at CIC member institutions to adopt active learning methods proven to be successful in teaching science.
Council of Independent Colleges, Association of College and University Educators Partner to Create New Consortium Focused on Preparing Faculty with Career Advising Skills2018-04-09T04:00:00ZThe Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, a new initiative announced by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), aims to capitalize on the leadership students seek from their professors by credentialing up to 500 faculty at up to 25 institutions on best practices in instruction and career guidance.
New Report Highlights Independent College Innovation2018-03-28T04:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges today released a new report, Innovation and the Independent College: Examples from the Sector. This report describes numerous, robust innovations in management, curriculum, and programs that are now under way at hundreds of CIC member institutions.
CIC Selects Participating Institutions for Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute2018-01-31T05:00:00ZTwenty-six CIC member institutions have been selected to participate in the inaugural Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 3–6, 2018. Each institution will send a team of two faculty leaders and two senior administrators. The Institute is designed to help faculty members and administrators learn about research and best practices that enable students to understand issues of diversity, civility, and the causes of social unrest that are prominent on campuses today.
CIC Elects New Board Members2018-01-17T05:00:00Z​The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors elected ten new members during its January 4, 2018, meeting in Hollywood, Florida. In addition, the Board elected seven members to the Executive Committee.
CIC Presidents Present 2018 Awards during Annual Conference2018-01-17T05:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) announced the recipients of its 2018 awards on January 6 during the annual Presidents Institute in Hollywood, Florida.
CIC Creates Institute on Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts2017-09-20T04:00:00ZCIC has developed a new Institute for faculty and administrators at independent colleges and universities focused on issues of inequality, conflict, activism, and civil engagement on America’s college campuses.
New Report Documents Financial Resilience of Small and Mid-Sized Colleges2017-08-14T04:00:00ZThe Financial Resilience of Independent Colleges and Universities puts to rest the myth that most small to mid-sized private colleges and universities will not survive.
CIC Awards $1.5 Million for Student Scholarships2017-07-26T04:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has distributed grants of more than $1.5 million in “CIC/UPS Scholarships” to assist first-generation, low-income, minority, or new American students who attend private colleges and universities across the nation.
New York Private Colleges Receive Sage Scholars Emergency Grants2017-07-24T04:00:00ZSAGE Scholars, a Philadelphia-based private college funding organization, has awarded $40,000 in scholarships to select private colleges and universities in New York State to buffer the effects on independent higher education of the State’s “free public college” initiative.
CIC Partners with UPS Foundation to Strengthen Diversity Programs at Private Colleges2017-06-12T04:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has received a $100,000 grant from the UPS Foundation in support of CIC’s First Opportunity Partners Program, which funds diversity programs developed through CIC State Councils.
CIC Member Presidents Visit Mexico for First Joint Summit2017-03-21T04:00:00ZThe first Higher Education Summit of the United States and Mexico will take place March 29–31, 2017, in Guadalajara, Mexico, to explore partnership opportunities between Mexican and U.S. colleges and universities.
David Cunningham Named New Director of CIC's NetVUE Program2017-03-13T04:00:00ZCIC announced that David S. Cunningham, professor of religion and director of the CrossRoads Project at Hope College, Holland, Michigan, will become director of CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) program.
CIC Announces Appointment of Vice President for Communications2017-02-01T05:00:00ZCIC announced that Lynn Donham has joined the CIC staff as Vice President for Communications. Donham comes to CIC from the Association of Governing Boards for Universities and Colleges, where she served as vice president for marketing and communications.
CIC Awards $1.5 Million in UPS Scholarships2016-07-24T04:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has distributed grants of $1.5 million in “UPS Scholarships” for first-generation or low-income students who attend private colleges and universities across the nation.
New CIC Report Explores Faculty Roles and Composition, Offers Recommendations to Address Discrepancies2016-07-06T04:00:00ZThe report describes a changing academic workforce and details how faculty composition and responsibilities vary by institutional type, program type, and academic discipline.
CIC Announces Appointment of Vice President for Development2016-04-12T04:00:00ZCIC today announced that David Brailow has joined the CIC staff as Vice President for Development. Brailow comes to CIC from Franklin College in Indiana, where he has served since 2001 as vice president for academic affairs.
CIC Announces Appointment of Vice President for State Fund Programs2016-03-16T04:00:00ZCIC today announced that Carol Schuler has joined the CIC staff as Vice President for State Fund Programs. Schuler comes to CIC from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia, where she has served since 2001, most recently as vice president for development.
CIC Presidents Present 2016 Awards during Annual Conference2016-01-14T05:00:00ZCIC presented the Award for Philanthropy (Organization) to The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and the Award for Philanthropy (Individuals) to O. Jay and Patricia Tomson. The Allen P. Splete Award for Outstanding Service was presented to W. Robert Connor.
CIC Presents 2015 Academic Leadership Awards2015-11-08T05:00:00ZCIC announced the recipients of its top annual academic and leadership awards for 2015.
New CIC Report Demonstrates Cost-Effectiveness of Private Colleges in Educating Undergraduates2015-10-19T04:00:00ZCIC today released a report, The Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education at Private Nondoctoral Colleges and Universities, which provides compelling evidence that private (nondoctoral) colleges not only produce a significant percentage of all bachelor’s degree graduates, but they do so more efficiently and at much lower cost to taxpayers than public institutions.
New Consortium To Benefit 42 Independent Colleges and Universities2015-06-26T04:00:00ZWith $2.2 million in support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with Artstor, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is offering 42 liberal arts colleges and universities the opportunity to join its Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research.
New CIC Report Demonstrates Effectiveness of Independent Colleges in Educating First-Generation, Low-Income Students2015-04-22T04:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges today released a report, Expanding Access and Opportunity: How Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges Serve First-Generation and Low-Income Students, which documents the superior record of these institutions in providing effective college learning environments and ensuring positive educational outcomes for students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds.
CIC Presents 2014 Chief Academic Officer Award2014-11-12T05:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges announced the recipient of its top academic award for 2014. Mark J. Braun, provost of Gustavus Adolphus College, is the winner of the 2014 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award in recognition of his contributions to colleagues at independent colleges and universities.

Note: Only select press releases prior to October 2010 are available.