Press Releases




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.
New CIC Report Documents Superior Performance of Independent Colleges in Preparing Students for STEM Careers2014-03-18T04:00:00ZCIC today released a report, Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: The Contributions of Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges, that demonstrates that small and mid-sized independent institutions are preparing students for careers and graduate study in STEM fields more efficiently than many public universities.
CIC Announces $5.5 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment to Support Vocational Exploration in Independent Colleges2014-01-22T05:00:00ZCIC) today announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded CIC a grant of $5,509,978 to support the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation at independent colleges and universities.
CIC Releases Report, Launches Website Revealing Best Practices for Ensuring Academic Success of First-Generation College Students2013-10-24T04:00:00ZThe Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) today released a new report, Making Sure They Make It! Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students.
CIC Awards $1.5 Million in UPS Scholarships2013-07-30T04:00:00ZCIC in Washington, DC, has distributed grants of nearly $1.5 million in ‘UPS Scholarships’ for first-generation or low-income students attending private colleges and universities across the nation. The grants were provided by CIC to state associations for private colleges in 32 states.
Statement from CIC President Richard Ekman on the Report of the Commission2013-06-19T04:00:00ZThe American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ new report, Heart of the Matter, provides a welcome signal of the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of the United States. The goals and recommendations offered in the report will certainly spark a much-needed national conversation about the imperative to foster the critical thinking, complex problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills of all Americans.
Mellon Foundation Grant to Support CIC Faculty Development Programs2012-08-01T04:00:00Z
CIC Renews $5,000 Waterbury Scholarships for Two Students2012-07-25T04:00:00Z

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