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Orientation for New State Executives and StaffOrientation for New State Executives and Staff1<p>All new state executives, staff, and first-time conference attendees are welcome. CIC 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 Reception3Richard Ekman; J. Michael Pressimone; Frank RomeoSpouses and Partners<p>Greetings: <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges, and <strong><em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, President, Missouri Colleges Fund<br><br>Greetings from the UPS Foundation: <strong><em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, Vice President, UPS Foundation<br><br>Welcoming Remarks: <strong><em>J. Michael Pressimone</em></strong>, President, Fontbonne University<br><br>UPS Scholarship Presentation: <strong><em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, Missouri Colleges Fund; <strong><em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, UPS Foundation; and <strong><em>Charles Ramey</em></strong>, CIC/UPS Scholar, Fontbonne University<br></p>
Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round One)Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round One)4<p>Opening Remarks: <strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong>, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities<br><br>Learn from your colleagues as they present innovative ideas and current challenges in this lightning round of state-by-state updates. Round Two will take place over breakfast on Tuesday.<br></p>
The Power of Partnerships: The Mayo Innovation Scholars ProgramThe Power of Partnerships: The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program5Elizabeth Jansen; John Meslow<p>How can State Councils cultivate thriving partnerships among private colleges, industry, and donors to create new opportunities for institutions to thrive and for students to explore career paths? The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program is a successful example of the pivotal role a State Council can play in fostering career-oriented learning opportunities.<br><br>The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program provides opportunities to private colleges to place students from a variety of disciplines at the intersection of innovations in science and medicine and to work in intellectual property, marketing, and business development. This proven collaborative venture leverages the resources of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Medtronic Philanthropy, Mayo Clinic Ventures, and the Minnesota Private College Council to provide distinctive learning experiences and cutting-edge career pathways for students.<br></p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Liz Jansen</em></strong>, Academic Program Director, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program<br><strong><em>John Meslow</em></strong>, Founder and Director, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program<br>Chair: <strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Paul Cerkvenik</em></strong>, President, Minnesota Private College Fund<br></p></blockquote>
Creating Peer Partnerships for At-Risk Students: a Four-Year Case StudyCreating Peer Partnerships for At-Risk Students: a Four-Year Case Study7<p>Gaining acceptance to college is often only the first of many hurdles that at-risk students face in their academic careers. Other challenges, often academic, but also social and cultural, can lessen a student’s sense of belonging and too often derail college success. To raise success rates, Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), with grant assistance from the Council of Independent Colleges, has developed a peer-mentoring program that is making a difference for students and their institutions.<br><br>ACI’s executive director will share results that show how peer mentoring increases the number of at-risk college students who persist, succeed, and graduate from ACI-member colleges and universities. Available on nine ACI-member campuses, the program matches at-risk college freshmen with junior and senior peer mentors from similar backgrounds who guide them through the critical first year of college. By building a “relationship bridge” among mentees, mentors, and the campus community and its support services, the ACI program provides an early warning and intervention system that helps at-risk students overcome challenges.<br></p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Mick Weltman</em></strong>, Executive Director, Associated Colleges of Illinois<br></p></blockquote>
Successful Approaches to “Making the Case”Successful Approaches to “Making the Case”9<p>Amid headlines about negative attitudes toward higher education, how can State Councils ensure that the real benefits of independent higher education—access and affordability, shorter time to degree, future earnings, and improved quality of civic life—are more broadly recognized? Leaders of three State Councils provide examples of steps they have taken to communicate positive, relevant, and engaging messages that promote member colleges to families, donors, policy-makers, and other key stakeholders.</p><blockquote><p></p><p><strong><em>Sandy Briscar</em></strong>, Director of Communications, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Kris Gonzales</em></strong>, Vice President, Independent Colleges of Washington<br><strong><em>Bill Spiker</em></strong>, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges<br></p></blockquote>
Tips on Grantsmanship—CIC Opportunities and BeyondTips on Grantsmanship—CIC Opportunities and Beyond10Richard Ekman; Frank RomeoBack by popular demand, CIC and UPS Foundation leaders will share their insights and hands-on tips for how to develop winning grant proposals. All conference participants will receive sample applications in advance to review and discuss during this interactive session. Learn how to create 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.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, Vice President, UPS Foundation</blockquote>
Changing Dynamics in Corporate Philanthropy—The Talent ImperativeChanging Dynamics in Corporate Philanthropy—The Talent Imperative21Mike SchmidtThis interactive session will provide an overview of how the rapid rise of the global, innovation-based economy is impacting the ways in which corporations—and corporate foundations—are redirecting investments in the talent pipeline. Traditional methods of supporting colleges are being replaced with creative programs and initiatives that develop innovation and other critical 21st-century skills in students before they reach the workplace. Examples from Ford Motor Company Fund partners, including the Michigan Colleges Alliance, will be highlighted.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Mike Schmidt</em></strong>, Director, Education and Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services<br>Chair: <strong><em>Robert Bartlett</em></strong>, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance</blockquote>
Here to Help: How State Councils Can Leverage Funding and Scale to Improve Institutional Decision-MakingHere to Help: How State Councils Can Leverage Funding and Scale to Improve Institutional Decision-Making12Colleges and universities increasingly need to assess the cost-effectiveness of their academic programs. But how can they afford reliable and relevant benchmarking data to inform decision-making and strategic planning? The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) developed a collaborative model through a three-year grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to provide comparative data on academic program performance to participating AIKCU members. The project’s systematic approach and shared resources provide an objective tool for making informed decisions and developing sound strategic plans.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Gary Cox</em></strong>, President, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities</blockquote>
Breaking Barriers to Community College TransferBreaking Barriers to Community College Transfer13The path from community colleges to independent colleges and universities can be cumbersome and confusing for students who are unprepared to navigate between institutions. Are State Councils poised to ease the way? Learn how new online models developed by Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, with grant support from CIC, make private colleges a more user-friendly choice for community college students.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Ray Martinez, III</em></strong>, President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation<br><strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong>, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities    <br>Chair: <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges</blockquote>
Depart for Annual Awards Dinner at Cardinals Nation Hall of Fame Museum and ClubDepart for Annual Awards Dinner at Cardinals Nation Hall of Fame Museum and Club22Meet in Hotel LobbySpouses and Partners
Closing Luncheon: Roundtable Discussions with the State Councils Advisory CommitteeClosing Luncheon: Roundtable Discussions with the State Councils Advisory Committee20<p>Enjoy a relaxing lunch with colleagues and learn more about the work of the State Councils Advisory Committee. Network and share your ideas through informal discussion with committee members.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, President, Missouri Colleges Fund<br><strong><em>Robert Bartlett</em></strong>, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance<br><strong><em>Paul Cerkvenik</em></strong>, President, Minnesota Private College Fund<br><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong> (Ex Officio), President, Council of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Jack Jones</em></strong>, President, Iowa College Foundation<br><strong><em>Paul Pribbenow</em></strong>, President, Augsburg University<br><strong><em>Eddie Shannon, III</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong> (Ex Officio), President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities<br>Chair: <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges<br></p></blockquote>
Adding Donor-Advised Funds to the Fundraising MixAdding Donor-Advised Funds to the Fundraising Mix17Janet N. Bandera<p>Did you know that donor-advised funds outnumber private foundations by a ratio of three-to-one? Higher education receives a large share of donor-advised gifts. Join a conversation with one of the leaders in private charitable giving to better understand the differences between donor-advised funds and private foundations. Learn how both kinds of support can help your donors achieve their charitable goals while benefitting your State Council’s fundraising efforts.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Janet N. Bandera</em></strong>, Director of Wealth Planning Strategies, TIAA<br></p></blockquote>
Trends in Scholarship FundraisingTrends in Scholarship Fundraising18<p>The majority of CIC State Councils actively raise funds in support of student scholarships at member institutions. How are state executives adapting to changing dynamics in corporate giving? How can gaps be filled when corporations move their headquarters overseas or even to another state? Learn from four seasoned fundraisers who share what they see ahead for scholarship campaigns.</p><blockquote><p> <strong><em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, President, Missouri Colleges Fund<br><strong><em>Gerry Bellotti</em></strong>, Vice President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey<br><strong><em>Jack Jones</em></strong>, President, Iowa College Foundation<br><strong><em>Eddie Shannon, III</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities <br>Chair: <strong><em>Stanton McNeeley</em></strong>, President, Louisiana Independent College Foundation<br></p></blockquote>
Boosting Enrollment through College ToursBoosting Enrollment through College Tours19<p>What can State Councils do to help increase enrollment at private colleges and universities? In addition to increasing support for student scholarships and making the case through thoughtful marketing campaigns, college tours can help private colleges compete for students more efficiently. Find out about varied approaches to designing college tours in three states where population shifts are driving enrollment trends.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Kristen Grainger</em></strong>, President, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Mary Ellen Hamer</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, Independent Colleges of Indiana<br><span><span><strong><em>Mary-Beth Johnson</em></strong>, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges</span></span><br></p></blockquote>
Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round Two)Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round Two)16<p>Learn from your colleagues as they present innovative ideas and current implementation challenges in this lightning round of state-by-state updates.<br></p>
Luncheon RoundtablesLuncheon Roundtables23This luncheon will feature roundtables on timely topics for informal exploration with colleagues. Circulate among tables to discuss the issues and best practices that most interest you.<br><br> <h3>Designing Workshops for Campus Affinity Groups</h3> Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) holds annual meetings of its 30 member institutions’ chief financial officers, chief information officers, and financial aid directors, as well as multiple meetings of college presidents where ICUF Preferred Vendor companies can network with campus decision-makers. Learn how ICUF creates these opportunities to benefit institutions and business partners.<br> <blockquote> <strong> </strong> <strong> <em>Ed Moore</em></strong>, Chief Executive Officer, Florida Independent College Fund</blockquote> <br> <h3>Fostering Partnerships with School Counselors</h3> Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) hosts high school events and workshops to provide opportunities for school counselors to meet with admissions staff from WAICU member colleges and universities. Learn how this successful program can serve as a model for a similar initiative in your state and how to get started.<br> <blockquote> <strong>Rolf Wegenke</strong>, President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities</blockquote> <br> <h3>Improve Investment Returns</h3> In response to a need expressed by State Council executives, CIC partnered with TIAA during spring 2016 to form Dupont Circle Investments, LLC, a pooled investment fund designed to leverage the expertise of large fund management for the benefit of more modest organizational savings. Now in its second year of operation, Dupont Circle Investments LLC has $2,387,270 under management and reported a solid one-year return of 8.65 percent after fees. Partners currently include the state associations in Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina and Oregon, as well as CIC. Learn how your State Council can participate and do better than invest reserves in CDs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Michael Collins</em></strong>, Senior Director of Endowment and Foundation Services, TIAA<br><strong><em>Ned Moore</em></strong>, Senior Advisor, State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>The Smart Launch Tech Initiative</h3> In June 2017, Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) teamed with Eleven Fifty Academy, a coding school, to pilot a proof-of-concept four-week summer “Smart Launch Tech” initiative designed to marry the liberal arts with coding. Learn how ICI, with support from CIC, will expand this successful workforce development program during the summer of 2018 to provide industry-accepted certificates in prized technology skills to students nominated by ICI’s 30 member institutions.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Mary Ellen Hamer</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, Independent Colleges of Indiana</blockquote> <br> <h3>“We Are the Independents”—Telling Your Story Online</h3> Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) has adopted an integrated strategic model that combines enrollment marketing, fundraising, and student career outcomes.  Its “We Are the Independents” promotional campaign has been a driver of this work in recent years, especially in the area of student recruitment.  Learn how this unique “category marketing” approach has raised awareness of MCA member institutions in a crowded marketplace and continues to support all aspects of MCA’s three strategy tracks.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Marcie Levey</em></strong>, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Colleges Alliance</blockquote>
Reception and Annual Awards DinnerReception and Annual Awards Dinner25John MeslowSpouses and Partners​Welcome: <strong> <em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges<br><br>The highlight of the Awards Dinner is the presentation of the CIC 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 in making possible the gift from UPS that created the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment, which has provided more than $61 million in support of State Council scholarship programs and collaborative projects.<br><br> <h3>Presentation of the Charles W.L. Foreman Award</h3> <br>Presenters: <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges, and <strong><em>Paul C. Cerkvenik</em></strong>, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Private College Council and Minnesota Private College Fund<br><br>Foreman Award Winner Remarks: <strong><em>John Meslow</em></strong>, Founder and Director, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
Spouses and Partners Program TourSpouses and Partners Program Tour26Spouses and Partners<p>​Spouses and partners are invited to explore the Missouri Botanical Garden located in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis. The Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and is widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. Built in 1859, this National Historic Landmark boasts 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays and features the 1850 estate home of Garden founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw, a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, indoor conservatories, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. In addition to serving as an oasis to the city of St. Louis for more than 150 years, the Garden is a center for botanical research and science education.<br><br>Following a private tour of the Garden, spouses and partners will venture to Sassafras for lunch. Located at the Botanical Garden, seasonal menus at Sassafras offer garden-themed salads, sandwiches, soups, and snacks using locally sourced products. Over lunch, participants will have the opportunity to discuss common issues that they face as spouses and partners of state executives.<br><br><em>Requires pre-registration. All fees are included in spouse and partner registration. To inquire about availability, please visit the registration desk.</em></p>