CIC Announces Grant to Extend Research Digest Series

2/5/2021 — Washington, DC

Digest of Recent Research Updated

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The Council of Independent Colleges today announced an award of $90,000 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to continue publication of the Digest of Recent Research for three years. This research summary series highlights timely research from scholarly journals and other publications that independent college and university presidents and other senior campus leaders may find pertinent. Matthew J. Mayhew, William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration, Ohio State University, will continue to serve as editor of the series.

The grant will enable CIC to publish the research digest in a more accessible and searchable format; all past issues dating from 2016 will be made searchable as well. Each issue offers a summary of selected scholarly articles and includes a discussion of the findings and implications for action by campus leaders. CIC Senior Vice President Harold V. Hartley III said the digest “gives presidents and other campus leaders access to the latest research findings to guide their decision making on a variety of higher education topics such as rhetoric and communication by campus leaders, increasing diversity in faculty hiring, the impact of financial aid on graduation, and many other important issues.”

The Digest of Recent Research is published twice a year for use by presidents, chief academic officers, and other senior leaders at CIC member colleges and universities. Initially launched with funding from the Spencer Foundation, the Digest will now enter a new phase and extend its influence with the support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

​The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.