Return to Conference Homepage All Sessions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

Orientation for New State Executives and StaffOrientation for New State Executives and Staff1Richard Ekman; Carol Schuler; Hope Williams<p>​All new state executives, staff, and first-time conference attendees are welcome. Vice President for State Council Programs <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, CIC President <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, and Presiding Officer <strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong> will provide a briefing on the operations and member benefits of the State Councils network.</p>
State Councils Advisory Committee MeetingState Councils Advisory Committee Meeting2
Opening ReceptionOpening Reception3Spouses and Partners<p>​Welcome and Introductions<br>Greetings from the UPS Foundation<br>Scholarship Presentation<br></p>
Breakfast Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast Roundtable Discussions4
Welcome and Keynote Address: "Transformational Ideas"Welcome and Keynote Address: "Transformational Ideas"5Steve Moore<p>​With more than $1 billion in assets, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust receives hundreds of grant applications each year, most of them commendable and most from mission-driven organizations that fulfill important needs in education, arts and culture, and health and human services. Each application is an opportunity to make a difference. But what marks those organizations and projects that are truly transformational? What and who can help foundations and others achieve their own mission? What drives the Murdock Trust and other philanthropic organizations that seek to work with nonprofits that share a commitment to thinking bigger, to challenging problems and to making a true difference? What differentiates the best opportunities that funders choose to invest in, particularly as government cuts and human service needs increase? What are the challenges of the “cultural moment” that independent higher education must consider? Join Steve Moore, chief executive officer of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, as he addresses these questions and the unique position of philanthropic organizations today, which are poised as never before to make a transformational difference in American life.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Steve Moore</em></strong>, Chief Executive Officer, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust<br></p></blockquote>
Strategic Shifts in Corporate RelationshipsStrategic Shifts in Corporate Relationships9James Plourde; Mark Dederer; Cat Martin; Ken Thompson<p>​The world of corporate philanthropy has moved away from “feel good” giving to giving that can model corporate strategies in community and workforce development. Independent colleges are sometimes at a competitive disadvantage with corporate funders because the level of impact that smaller institutions can demonstrate is often lower than that of large public universities, simply because their student populations are smaller. State Councils, however, are in a unique position to fill this gap. By providing scale for member institutions, State Councils can develop compelling programs that may readily fit corporate strategies for funding and workforce development. State Councils also can demonstrate the true benefit of collaboration among member institutions by seeking larger corporate gifts collectively than each college could obtain on its own. This panel discussion led by James Plourde, vice president of the Collins Group, provides an opportunity to hear experienced gift officers discuss their strategic philanthropic interests.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>James Plourde</em></strong>, Vice President, Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company<br><strong><em>Mark Dederer</em></strong>, Executive Director, Biller Family Foundation<br><strong><em>Cat Martin</em></strong>, Vice President, Relationship Manager Pacific Northwest & Utah, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase & Co.<br><strong><em>Ken Thompson</em></strong>, Consultant and Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute Forum on Community Solutions<br></p></blockquote>
Tips on Grantsmanship—CIC’s Programs and BeyondTips on Grantsmanship—CIC’s Programs and Beyond7Richard Ekman; Frank Romeo<p>​How can State Councils develop winning grants? With greatly increased funding available through CIC grant programs and the increasing importance of foundations nationwide, developing effective grant proposals can yield significant results for advancing the work of State Councils. Join CIC President Richard Ekman and UPS Foundation Vice President Frank Romeo for this insightful, hands-on discussion of what grant reviewers look for when evaluating proposals. Learn how to craft that rare combination of a great idea and attention to detail, developed to win the attention and interest of organizations that can support your State Council. Ekman and Romeo will be joined by State Council members who will discuss their successful First Opportunity Program grant projects.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, Vice President, The UPS Foundation<br></p></blockquote>
Luncheon Roundtable DiscussionsLuncheon Roundtable Discussions10
Independent Colleges: A Cost-Effective Contributor for States That Seek To Increase Bachelor’s Degree Production without Breaking the BankIndependent Colleges: A Cost-Effective Contributor for States That Seek To Increase Bachelor’s Degree Production without Breaking the Bank21William Zumeta<p>​This session will explore the results from recent CIC-sponsored studies, based on federal IPEDS data, of the relative cost-effectiveness of CIC colleges compared with similar public institutions. University of Washington professor William Zumeta will discuss findings that CIC colleges graduate students at higher rates and in substantially shorter time—results that hold for both genders and all major ethnic subgroups. Independent colleges also retain students with initial interests in majoring in STEM and health fields to completion of such majors at substantially higher rates. States receive these benefits at about one-sixth the cost to taxpayers per degree of enrolling students in comparable public colleges. To illustrate the benefits and savings to states of shifting some students from public to private colleges, Zumeta and co-author Nick Huntington-Klein simulated the effects of a modest increase in state student aid grants (adding $1,000 per year to the grants) to students enrolled in independent institutions on degree production and on total state costs. Although there is variation across states in the results, in most states the proposed aid increase shifts a significant number of students from public to private colleges, increases bachelor’s degree production somewhat in subsequent years, and saves the state money, mainly from reduced appropriations to public colleges. In a few states facing substantial enrollment demand growth, the authors also find substantial state savings from avoiding expansion of capital facilities for public higher education.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>William Zumeta</em></strong>, Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, University of Washington<br></p></blockquote>
Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Best RésuméWhy the Best Hire Might Not Have the Best Résumé12Regina Hartley<p>​In higher education, “changing lives” is fundamental to the work of campus professionals as well as to those State Council executives who seek financial support and corporate pathways for graduates. But what is the impact of that promise after college? Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect résumé and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the “Scrapper” a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces can be empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. “Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose,” she says. “Hire the Scrapper.”</p><p><strong><em>Regina Hartley</em></strong>, Human Resources Vice President, UPS Technology Division<br></p>
Depart for Columbia Tower ClubDepart for Columbia Tower Club13701 Fifth Avenue, 76th FloorSpouses and Partners<p>​Meet in Hotel Lobby.</p>
Reception and Annual Awards DinnerReception and Annual Awards Dinner22William T. Abare, Jr.; Richard Ekman; Ed Moore; Carol SchulerSpouses and Partners<p>​<em>Welcome</em>—<strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong><br><em>Foreman Award Presentation</em>—<strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong> and <strong><em>Ed Moore</em></strong>, Chief Executive Officer, Florida Independent College Fund<br><em>Foreman Award Winner Remarks</em>—<strong><em>William T. Abare, Jr.</em></strong>, President, Flagler College<br><br>The highlight of the Awards Dinner is the presentation of the State Councils’ highest honor: the Charles W.L. Foreman Award, which recognizes a college president or corporate trustee who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service that truly distinguishes the recipient from his or her peers in support of the mission and work of the State Councils.<br><br>First presented in 1994, the award recognizes Foreman’s leadership as president of The UPS Foundation and his role behind the gift from UPS that created the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment, a fund that has provided more than $50 million in support of State Council scholarship programs and collaborative projects.<br></p>
Updates from the State CouncilsUpdates from the State Councils20Mick Weltman<p>​Learn from your colleagues and share your ideas and experiences in rapid roundtable updates over lunch. Using a peer-to-peer professional development model led by Associated Colleges of Illinois Executive Director Mick Weltman, you will gain valuable insights to new (and tried-and-true) opportunities for consideration by your State Council. Be prepared to share your own case studies with the group.</p><blockquote><p>Moderator: <strong><em>Mick Weltman</em></strong>, President, Associated Colleges of Illinois</p></blockquote>
Educationomics: Navigating in the New Marketplace for Higher EducationEducationomics: Navigating in the New Marketplace for Higher Education17Jon McGee<p>​The challenges facing colleges and universities today are profound and complex. In his book, <em>Breakpoint</em>, and his program, “Educationomics,” Jon McGee argues that higher education is in the midst of an extraordinary moment of demographic, economic, and cultural transition that has significant implications for how colleges understand their mission, their market, and their management. Drawing from an extensive assessment of demographic and economic trends, McGee presents a broad and integrative picture of these changes while emphasizing the importance of decisive campus leadership. He describes the key forces that influence higher education and provides a framework from which trustees, presidents, administrators, faculty members, and policy makers can address pressing issues in the aftermath of the Great Recession.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Jon McGee</em></strong>, <span><span>Vice President for Planning and Public Affairs</span></span>, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University<br></p></blockquote>
American Higher Education and the Public: Drivers of ReputationAmerican Higher Education and the Public: Drivers of Reputation18Julia Weede<p>​Anyone who spends time on campuses, and pays attention to what good colleges do well, witnesses perhaps one of the best things this nation has to offer: higher education. Yet each day, national headlines fuel worries about the nation’s colleges and universities. The public’s confidence in higher education is declining for perhaps the first time, with real people voicing real concerns about debt, unemployment, lack of access, and “return on investment” of a college degree. As a result, there is a significant and increasing disconnect in America—between those who spend their lives dedicated to higher education and those who pay for and “consume” it.  This session will review research that explores the gap in public opinion, which now extends to the very assumptions about what higher education is for. This study is meant to shed light on the disconnect and may provide a roadmap for campus leaders to bridge the gap and to build new paths toward conversation about the role of higher education in society.</p>
First-Year Report: Dupont Circle Investments, LLCFirst-Year Report: Dupont Circle Investments, LLC19Michael Collins<p>​In response to a need expressed by State Councils members, CIC partnered with TIAA during spring 2016 to form a pooled investment fund designed to leverage the expertise of large fund management for the benefit of modest endowments that may have been invested in CDs or other financial products that are currently yielding very low returns. Michael Collins, TIAA senior director of endowment and foundation services, will share performance data of the fund, Dupont Circle Investments, LLC, from the past year, investment strategies, and operating practices of the six-member independent partnership. Collins will be joined for a Q&A session by State Council member-partners.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Michael Collins</em></strong>, <span><span>Senior Director of Endowment and Foundation Services</span></span>, TIAA<br></p></blockquote>
Breakfast Buffet and Q&A with the State Councils Advisory CommitteeBreakfast Buffet and Q&A with the State Councils Advisory Committee16