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Administrators of Historically Black Colleges and Universities BrunchAdministrators of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Brunch10Chief academic officers and academic team members from HBCUs are invited to join this session for a conversation about their institution’s spring and fall 2020 and spring 2021 response to COVID-19. <br><blockquote>Convener: <strong><em>Yolanda W. Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University</blockquote>
Concurrent SessionConcurrent Session84Concurrent Session<h3>Reforming the Gateway Course Experience to Promote Equity in Student Success</h3>Gateway courses frequently taken during the first year of college can make-or-break degree completion. Retention of students who receive a D, F, W, or I grade in a gateway course tends to be low, despite the students’ ability to do other college-level work. In addition, far too often, students of color and from low-income families disproportionately constitute those who do not succeed in gateway courses. In this workshop-style session, participants will learn ways to recognize challenging course contexts and develop strategies to redesign teaching and learning to help more students, especially student from historically marginalized backgrounds, complete their degrees.<br><blockquote><strong> <em>John N. Gardner</em></strong>, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Gardner Institute<br><strong><em>Drew Koch</em></strong>, President and Chief Operating Officer, Gardner Institute<br><strong><em>Tracy Parkinson</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management, Mars Hill University</blockquote>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions81Concurrent Session<h3>Academic Strategies for the COVID-19 Era and Beyond</h3> COVID-19 responses have required increased flexibility by academic administrators and lower barriers to institutional change. The push to teach remotely in the spring term 2020 demanded a variety of complex changes in short order. Fall preparations required planning for multiple scenarios: campus leaders must be ready to switch among them as developments warrant. Meanwhile, the urgent necessity for adaptation to unforeseen circumstances is understood by all constituencies. How does this newfound flexibility affect the work of academic administrators? This session will focus on agile strategies that have improved academic practices and can now increase future institutional resilience and performance.<br><blockquote> <strong><em>David A. Berque</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, DePauw University<br><strong><em>Terri Bonebright</em></strong>, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Hendrix College<br> <div> <strong><em>Kerry D. Fulcher</em></strong>, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div> <span> <h3>Accommodation and Personnel Challenges during the Pandemic</h3>The need for rapid adjustments to classroom and workplace circumstances in response to the pandemic did not always include new employment policies or accommodation practices. Two experienced higher education attorneys will provide an overview of the current legal landscape and assess what lies ahead for student and employee higher education policies.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Marti Fessenden</em></strong>, Special Counsel to the President, Agnes Scott College<br><strong><em>Jeff Gingerich</em></strong>, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Scranton<br><strong><em>Hayley Hanson</em></strong>, Partner, Husch Blackwell<br></blockquote></span></div><div> <br></div><div><h3>Developing Your Academic Affairs Team</h3>Academic affairs professionals need training to succeed in their roles, and leadership teams thrive when they take time to build their capacity to perform well. What types of professional development generate strong outcomes for individuals and for the group? In this session, CAOs will share best practices for helping members of their academic team both to develop new skills for career advancement and to work together collaboratively.<br><blockquote><strong> <em>Kim Coplin</em></strong>, Provost, Denison University<br><strong><em>Jonnie Guerra</em></strong>, Senior Advisor, CIC<br><strong><em>John D. Kolander</em></strong>, Provost, Wisconsin Lutheran College<br><strong><em>Lori Werth</em></strong>, Provost, University of Pikeville<br></blockquote></div>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions9Concurrent Session<h3>Closing and Re-Opening: What Worked and What Didn’t?</h3> The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the best-laid plans for academic calendars for most of 2020. Faculty and staff members, administrators, and technology systems stretched to ensure that students remained engaged in valuable educational experiences and connected with their instructors, fellow students, and institutions. What lessons can be drawn from the way campuses closed in the spring and how they reopened in the fall? Two experienced CAOs will discuss what worked well and less well on their campuses and will outline key takeaways for meeting inevitable future challenges.<br><blockquote> <strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Cheryl Kisunzu</em></strong>, Provost, Washington Adventist University<br><strong><em>Tracy Parkinson</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management, Mars Hill University<br> <div> <strong><em>Wendy Sherman Heckler</em></strong>, Provost, Otterbein University</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div> <span> <h3>New Title IX Implications</h3> The U.S. Department of Education published new Title IX regulations in May 2020 with the requirement that colleges and universities have revised policies and processes related to allegations of sexual misconduct in place by mid-August. In this session, an experienced higher education attorney will outline the compliance implications of these new regulations and provide an assessment of ongoing challenges.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>J. Andrew Prall</em></strong>, Provost, St. Edwards University<br><strong><em>Scott Schneider</em></strong>, Partner, Husch Blackwell<br></blockquote></span></div><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Using Course Analytics for Prioritization</h3> Many campuses undertake prioritization processes to preserve resources, reduce costs, and streamline academic program offerings. One fruitful approach bases potential reductions on analytics that identify courses, rather than programs, to be revised or eliminated. Academic leaders from CIC institutions that have used this approach will outline how the process worked on their campuses and describe lessons learned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Bob Atkins</em></strong>, Founder and CEO, Gray Associates<br><strong><em>Carl A. Girelli</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Randolph College<br><strong><em>Peter J. Holbrook</em></strong>, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Tiffin University</blockquote></div>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions15Concurrent Session<h3>Building Strong Academic Affairs Teams</h3>A well-functioning academic affairs leadership team requires talented administrators in roles that span the needs of the division. What are some good approaches to defining roles and developing and recruiting talent to the team? Experienced academic leaders will describe their recruitment processes, including searching for, hiring, and onboarding new administrators.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Sandra G. Affenito</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Norwich University<br><strong><em>Jeffrey Frick</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Washington & Jefferson College<br><strong><em>Andrea Warren Hamos</em></strong>, Vice President for Leadership Development and Senior Consultant, Academic Search<br><strong><em>Kathy Ogren</em></strong>, Provost, University of Redlands<br></blockquote> <div><br></div><div><h3>Curricular Adaptation to the COVID Crisis</h3> The pandemic spurred many colleges and universities to adapt schedules, programs, and courses during this unprecedented challenge for higher education. Several CAOs of colleges that successfully changed their operations for the fall term will describe how they transformed their curricula to create better learning opportunities for students at a time when flexibility is essential. This session will help participants generate concrete new ideas for their campuses in light of the likelihood of ongoing needs for change under uncertain conditions.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Eric Boynton</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Beloit College<br><strong><em>Suzan Harrison</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Eckerd College<br></blockquote><br></div><div><span> <h3>Instructional Technology Challenges and Solutions</h3> The universal push to remote learning during the Spring 2020 term created challenges for administrators and faculty relying on instructional technology and different instructional modalities. Institutions scrambled to come up with creative solutions that promoted strong student learning experiences. Some of these solutions were so successful that they provide a basis for continued gains in the application of instructional technology and practices both to in-person and remote-learning pedagogy. What approaches have led to solutions that will carry through to the spring term and beyond? Panelists will share their experiences and lessons learned that will help to improve instruction for future academic terms.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Agnes Caldwell</em></strong>, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Defiance College<br><strong><em>Diana Davis</em></strong>, Provost, Mount St. Joseph University<br><strong><em>Maria (Cari) Garriga</em></strong>, Vice Provost, Thomas More University<br></blockquote></span><br></div><div><span> <h3>Responding to Calls for Greater Justice</h3> Campus constituencies, especially students and alumni, increasingly look to presidents and provosts to lead efforts to remediate past injustices perpetrated on behalf of their institutions. Seeking to uphold their missions and ensure productive learning environments, campus leaders are wrestling with how to take principled positions and educate students within and on the process. Two experienced chief academic officers will share their institutions’ responses to racial injustice embedded in their campus histories.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Donna Heald</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Loras College<br><strong><em>David Timmerman</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Carthage College</blockquote></span></div>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions16Concurrent Session<h3>Educating Civic Professionals</h3>Independent colleges and universities with roots in the liberal arts often embrace civic engagement as part of students’ education. A partnership between the Kettering Foundation and the New American Colleges & Universities (NACU) strives to go further and meld citizenship to students’ academic disciplines and ultimately their professions. How can institutions inspire students to think of their specialized academic training and professional work to be an element of how they contribute to civic life? This session will outline the work that NACU colleges are doing to promote the development of civic professionals and its adaptation by other institutions.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Sean Creighton</em></strong>, President, The New American Colleges & Universities<br><strong><em>Beth Harville</em></strong>, Executive Vice President and Provost, Drury University<br><strong><em>Andrea Talentino</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nazareth College<br></blockquote> <br> <div><h3>Integrating General Education and Career Preparation</h3>Undergraduate students are frequently anxious about future employment prospects and mystified about the relevance of general education requirements, while faculty members often prefer to focus on the academic program and leave matters of employment to the career services office. As institutions work to bridge the perceived gap between the liberal arts and professional preparation, many have found that encouraging student reflection on “calling” and “vocation” can be a highly successful strategy. In this session, leaders from two institutions will outline their efforts to strengthen the relationship between the academic program and the career services office by supporting their students’ exploration and discernment of their various callings in life.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Karen An-Hwei Lee</em></strong>, Provost, Wheaton College (IL)<br><strong><em>Anthony J. Leigh</em></strong>, Senior Vice President for Student and Institutional Development, Huntingdon College<br><strong><em>Tom Perrin</em></strong>, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Huntingdon College<br><strong><em>Dee Pierce</em></strong>, Director, Center for Vocation and Career, Wheaton College (IL)</blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><h3>Open Mic for Chief Academic Officers</h3>Chief academic officers will have the opportunity to seek advice from colleagues on specific issues and to share information about emerging trends and practices in higher education. Open to CAOs only.<br> <blockquote> Moderator: <strong><em>Glenn Sharfman</em></strong>, Provost, Oglethorpe University, and Chair, Chief Academic Officers Task Force</blockquote>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions23Concurrent Session<h3>Aligning Financial Sustainability with Student Access and Success</h3><div>Students who are low-income or from underrepresented populations, already the least likely to complete college, are now hit hardest by the pandemic. These groups increasingly put college plans on hold. This session will explore how independent colleges and universities that don’t have deep pockets can align their financial sustainability with improved access and success for students. Panelists will report on preliminary findings from a TIAA Institute project, conducted in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. A chief academic officer from a member institution will share practical insights on how his university has improved its financial situation in part by diversifying its student body and advisors, raising its graduation rate, and increasing its enrollment. Panelists also will discuss how and why to build access and success into institution-level decision making, and will describe returns on investment derived from projects investing in student success.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Lauren Asher</em></strong>, Independent Consultant; Higher Education Project Lead, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors<br><strong><em>DeWayne Frazier</em></strong>, Provost, Iowa Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Anne Ollen</em></strong>, Managing Director, TIAA Institute<br></div></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Community College Pathways</h3> Because transfer students are a growing component of many independent colleges’ student populations, clear pathways for the efficient transfer of courses toward majors and graduation requirements are keys to their success. Community college students are especially in need of these pathways to assure timely progress to bachelor’s degrees. With enhanced advising and collaboration between institutions, transfer students’ success is improved. CAOs of institutions that are participating in CIC projects that are supported by the Teagle Foundation will describe how they strengthened community college pathways at their institutions and will outline lessons learned for other CAOs interested in developing similar programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Gary Daynes</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Barton College<br><strong><em>Stephen D. Stahl</em></strong>, Provost, Baldwin Wallace University<br><strong><em>A. Hope Williams</em></strong>, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>How to Set Up a Science Pedagogy Seminar on Your Campus</h3> The goal of CIC’s Seminars on Science Pedagogy is to enhance the effectiveness of science education at participating institutions. Faculty members learn interactive techniques and exercises developed in conjunction with cognitive scientists for use in the classroom. Could a Seminar work on your campus to invigorate science instruction? How can CAOs support faculty members who are trying new methods or techniques, including the transformation of courses into interactive online offerings? How can the enthusiasm for change in science education be generated and sustained? Participants in the 2019 Seminar will share lessons learned and discuss how an institution can provide opportunities for science faculty to participate in a seminar experience on their own campus.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Wendy Billock</em></strong>, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science, Technology, and Health, Biola University<br><strong><em>Susan Singer</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rollins College<br><strong><em>Katherine M. Whatley</em></strong>, Senior Advisor for Academic Programs, CIC<br></blockquote> <br> </div><div><h3>Support for Student Mental Health</h3> To provide an excellent learning environment, whether in-person or online, institutions must prioritize students’ mental health needs. Butler University and Goucher College have implemented examples of “wrap-around” services as outlined in the Jed Foundation’s signature program, Jed Campus. By reforming policies across all aspects of students’ experience and implementing programs in a holistic way, the risks to students’ mental health have been mitigated on their campuses. Chief academic officers from both campuses will discuss how they manage fall semester uncertainty and what approaches their campuses find most valuable.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Elaine Meyer-Lee</em></strong>, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Goucher College<br><strong><em>Kathryn Morris</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Butler University</blockquote></div>
Discussion GroupsDiscussion Groups18<h3>Academic Honesty during the Pandemic</h3>The move to remote learning last spring increased many CIC faculty members’ concerns about academic dishonesty. What changes in policy and practice are being implemented to promote academic honesty in online and hybrid courses? Join other academic administrators for a discussion of effective strategies to maintain a culture of academic integrity during the pandemic.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Teresa I. Reed</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Quincy University<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3> COVID-19 Leadership Lessons</h3>Academic leaders across the country have been tested by the unprecedented uncertainty caused by the pandemic and the need to take decisive action on short notice. What leadership lessons can be drawn from the way administrators responded to the crisis and how they planned for the fall term? Participants will share ideas—and inspiration—that they have taken from recent events. <blockquote><div> <strong><em>Barbara Sunderman</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hastings College</div></blockquote> <br> </div><div><div><h3>COVID-19’s Impact on Tenure Policies</h3>COVID-19 has affected many aspects of academia, including tenure policies. What kinds of changes and impacts have occurred on CIC campuses? Participants will discuss both policy issues that have emerged and possible solutions.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jonathan Reed</em></strong>, Provost, University of La Verne</blockquote></div> <br> </div><div><div><h3>Crisis Communication Strategies during the Pandemic </h3>Strong communication practices for internal and external audiences have been essential for managing operations and setting expectations for all campus constituencies during the pandemic. What strategies have proved to be the most effective for handling emergencies and ensuring information is well received? This session will engage participants in a discussion of ongoing communication challenges.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em>Ryan A. Neal</em></strong>, Provost, Anderson University (SC)<br></div></blockquote><div> <br> <h3>Effects of COVID-19 on Retention</h3>The coronavirus has thrown off many fine-tuned independent college and university practices, including those designed to retain students. How do the new challenges for retention manifest themselves? How can existing processes be reformed to maintain student persistence and success despite the pandemic? Participants will share policies and practices from their respective campuses.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em>John Shannon</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trine University<br></div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Encouraging Campus Dialogue about Race</h3>Which formats are proving to be most successful for a campus dialogue about racial issues? Participants are invited to exchange information and share advice about what has been working well on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Judith Muyskens</em></strong>, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Hiram College<br></blockquote>  <h3>Enhancing the Latinx Student Experience</h3>At CIC colleges and universities that serve Latinx students, what programs and services have been effective in enhancing their undergraduate experience and increasing their persistence to graduation? The CAO of Our Lady of the Lake University will discuss what her institution is doing to improve the student experience for Latinx students and invites participants to share their successful practices and to seek advice about initiatives in the planning stages.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Lourdes Maria Alvarez</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Our Lady of the Lake University<br></blockquote>  <br></div><div><h3>Inclusion and Equity Essentials for White Higher Education Leaders</h3>As calls to dismantle systemic racism are increasing, especially from students and alumni, the diversity gap in higher education leadership becomes even more glaring. What kind of personal and professional work should white higher education leaders be doing to prepare for and support authentic antiracist work? What kinds of change management processes work best when there’s a lack of diversity at the top? Participants will share their stories, struggles, and inspirations about the move toward inclusion and equity on their campuses and beyond.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jeff Rutenbeck</em></strong>, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arcadia University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><div><h3>Keeping Internship and Community-Based Learning Alive during the Pandemic</h3>Internships and community-based learning are hallmarks of a strong liberal arts education. How can academic administrators ensure students are able to engage in these valuable experiences? This discussion will allow participants to develop ideas about best practices to take back to their campuses. <blockquote><div> <span> <strong> <em>Stacy A. Hammons</em></strong>, Provost, Indiana Wesleyan University</span><br></div></blockquote> <br> </div><div><h3>Maintaining Trust and Morale during the Coronavirus Crisis</h3>Good academic administrators work hard to build relationships and earn the trust of faculty and staff members. Uncertainty and budgetary challenges brought on by the coronavirus crisis may erode this trust and reduce morale. How can administrators maintain trust and morale during these challenging times? Participants will share strategies that have worked on their campuses. <blockquote><div> <strong><em>Ellen Goldey</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Centre College<br></div></blockquote><h2></h2> <br> </div><div><h3>Recruiting the Class of 2025</h3>COVID-19 has rendered many of the usual recruitment activities impossible or imprudent for fall 2021. How can institutions reach a high volume of prospective first-year students without traditional large-scale events such as visit days or college fairs? Participants in this discussion will share ideas and innovations for recruiting the class of 2025.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Lauren Schellenberger</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Culver-Stockton College<br></blockquote><div> <br> <h3> Rethinking the Academic Calendar</h3>Maintaining the instructional mission of the institution in the face of imperatives for protecting individual and community health presents significant challenges. How have coronavirus concerns driven adjustments in the academic calendar on CIC campuses? What advantages or disadvantages presented themselves as campuses implemented revised calendars? Are there changes that merit permanent adoption or further development after the pandemic threat has subsided? Join with colleagues to discuss academic calendar experiments.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Travis Frampton</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Schreiner University<br></blockquote></div></div><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Sharing Courses for Student Success</h3>CIC’s Online Course Sharing Consortium allows students to enroll in and complete courses hosted by members of the consortium. This discussion will be an informational session for those who are interested in learning more about joining the consortium and how course sharing works in practice.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Robert Manzer</em></strong>, Chief Academic Officer, Acadeum<br><strong><em>Carol M. Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, CIC<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategic Approaches to Budget Cuts</h3>For many CIC colleges and universities, the financial impact of COVID-19 has accelerated the timeline and increased the need for budget cuts. What approaches to budget reductions will help our campuses effectively navigate the current crisis while building strength and resiliency for the future? Participants will discuss cost reduction strategies that promote institutional viability and sustainability.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Janet Sommers</em></strong>, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Northwestern-St. Paul<br></blockquote><h2></h2> <br> </div><div><h3>The CAO’s Role When Learning Goes Virtual</h3>In a matter of weeks and with little notice, CIC colleges and universities transitioned thousands of courses to an online format. How did chief academic officers lead their campuses in the transformation to virtual learning? Participants will engage in a conversation about their experiences, both success stories and lessons learned for the future. <blockquote><div> <strong><em>Deborah R. Garrison</em></strong>, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Methodist College (IL)<br></div></blockquote><div>  <h3>The Debate over Standardized Tests</h3>When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted SAT and ACT testing dates, more CIC colleges and universities joined those that already had made standardized test scores an optional part of the admissions process. Participants will discuss why their campuses will or will not remain test-optional in the future.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em>Janet R. Clark</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN)<br></div></blockquote> <br> </div><div><div><h3>Uncovering the Digital Divide: Addressing Technological Challenges in the Remote Environment</h3>When colleges and universities sent students home and shifted to remote learning in spring 2020, many students were without the equipment and stable internet access they needed to attend online classes. How did CIC institutions respond to the digital divide that the pandemic exposed? Participants will discuss their experiences and share advice about strategies to assist students with technology challenges.<br></div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jarvis Christian College<br></div></blockquote><div> <br> <h3> Virtual Interviews</h3>Despite the pandemic, hiring continues. Concerns about safe travel mean that candidates may never be seen in person before completing searches for positions, so online interviews may be necessary. Participants in this discussion are invited to share their experiences about conducting virtual interviews.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Graciela Caneiro-Livingston</em></strong>, Provost, Nebraska Wesleyan University</div></blockquote> </div>
Discussion GroupsDiscussion Groups29<h3>Benefits of Collaboration during the Pandemic</h3>How are CIC colleges and universities benefiting from new or existing partnerships with other higher education institutions as well as businesses and industry during the pandemic? How might such collaborative relationships be of strategic importance in a post-COVID-19 world? Participants are invited to exchange information about long- and short-term partnerships that have been beneficial and to share ideas about new collaborations to take back for consideration on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Brian Hartley</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Greenville University<br></blockquote> <br> <div><h3>Building Community and Spirit in a Virtual or Hybrid Environment</h3>The coronavirus pandemic means that many campuses that will be open for face-to-face instruction will nevertheless lack the full vibrancy of campus life that is a hallmark of independent colleges and universities. How can academic administrators create and maintain a lively environment? Participants will share ways to build community spirit when work and study are hybrid and campus life is constrained by social distancing.</div><div><blockquote> <strong> <em>Christon G. Arthur</em></strong>, Provost, Andrews University  <br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Cabinet Dynamics during the Pandemic</h3>Cabinet dynamics can make or break a senior leadership team at the best of times. What did chief officers at CIC institutions learn about leadership and working as a team from the challenges of responding to a pandemic? What skills were helpful in developing and implementing the institution’s COVID-19 response plan? What aspects of the plan needed better collaboration? Participants are invited to reflect on their experiences and to learn from those of other campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Elizabeth Frombgen</em></strong>, Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thiel College<br></blockquote> <br> </div><div><h3>Challenges for Libraries during the Pandemic</h3>The pandemic has created special challenges for liberal arts college libraries. Some library staff have been furloughed, while library services are in greater demand. Students and faculty members require additional research and teaching support in the online environment. This discussion will include the range of challenges and potential new opportunities generated by the pandemic.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Luke Villelle</em></strong>, University Librarian, Hollins University, and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Liaison<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><div><h3>COVID-19 and Faculty Development Initiatives</h3>Preparing faculty members to offer hybrid models of instruction that could simultaneously support face-to-face and remote students was a crucial part of fall 2020 planning at Virginia Wesleyan University and other CIC campuses. Join the facilitators to discuss effective faculty development initiatives and how these may affect faculty members’ willingness to use online technologies in their courses beyond the pandemic.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Susan Larkin</em></strong>, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Virginia Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Maynard Schaus</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Virginia Wesleyan University<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><div><div><h3>COVID-19 Testing</h3>COVID-19 testing of students, faculty members, and staff became a necessary part of many colleges’ reopening plans. What strategies have been effective, and where does testing go from here? Participants are invited to share experiences in order to plan for ongoing coronavirus challenges through the winter and beyond.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em>Beth Schwartz</em></strong>, Provost, Endicott College<br></div></blockquote> <br> </div><div><h3>Helping Students Find Their Callings</h3>CIC administers the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), which supports programs for vocational exploration and discernment among students at more than 250 independent colleges and universities. Learn about the ways your institution can benefit from NetVUE grants for programming and professional development opportunities, as well as other programs, services, and gatherings (both virtual and in person.)<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>David S. Cunningham</em></strong>, Director of NetVUE, CIC<br><em><strong>Lynne M. Spoelhof</strong></em>, NetVUE Program Manager, CIC<br></blockquote> <br> </div><div><h3>International Students: Pandemic Challenges and Responses</h3>The COVID-19 pandemic has required international students to navigate many new challenges to gain government clearance to travel to and reside in the United States. In addition, many also face family financial problems related to the concomitant economic disruption. How are CIC colleges and universities responding to assist their international populations? The chief academic officer will share some strategies that have been successful at Rivier University and invites colleagues to share how their campuses are responding to the pandemic challenges.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Brian Ernsting</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rivier University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><div><div><h3>Leading for Equity as an Administrator of Color</h3>Many students today protest against the institutional racism they see in the news and on their campuses. How can administrators of color ensure students are heard by their institutions and that actions are taken to move toward more equitable educational environments and outcomes? Administrators of color are invited to share perspectives on the challenges they have faced and the steps they have taken to increase equity on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Sheila Smith McKoy</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Names University<br><strong><em>Chinyere Oparah</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Mills College<br></blockquote>  <h3>Looking Ahead to Spring 2021</h3>Coronavirus surges forced many CIC institutions that hoped to have a fully in-person fall semester to reverse or alter their plans. In addition to lessons learned, what new factors are influencing campus planning for the remainder of the academic year? Chief academic officers and academic team members are invited to share institutional plans and advice for spring 2021 and beyond.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jeffrey Kraus</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wagner College<br></blockquote></div> <br> </div><div><h3>Pandemic Challenges of Programs in the Health Professions</h3>As the pandemic made face-to-face instruction difficult, it also created special challenges for programs in the health sciences that require labs and practical training. This discussion will include a range of creative solutions that participants have developed to address these challenges. <blockquote><div> <strong><em>Mark L. Hammond</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Campbell University <br></div></blockquote><div> <br> <h3>Promoting Racial Equity on CIC Campuses in the COVID-19 Era</h3>Higher education leaders face a double imperative: to address the daunting issues of racial equity on their campuses and, simultaneously, to lead their institutions through the global pandemic. In the midst of financial shortfalls and other COVID-19 challenges, how are CIC colleges and universities responding to the increasingly vociferous demands for racial justice? Participants are invited to share their experiences and advice about making permanent systemic changes.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Mark Schneider</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Ursinus College <br></blockquote></div> <br> </div><div><h3>Summer Outreach to Prospective Students</h3>When COVID-19 required cancelling on-campus orientations, registration days, and other events for new first-year students, CIC colleges and universities had to manage the “home stretch” of bringing in the fall 2020 class on the fly. What strategies and practices were effective in keeping prospective students engaged and enthusiastic about their fall enrollment? Participants will share successful approaches from their campuses as well as lessons learned.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Darin E. Fields</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, The University of Findlay<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Sustaining Strategic Vision during Times of Crisis</h3>In the midst of a crisis, such as the current pandemic, how do CIC college and university leaders keep themselves and their campus community focused on the institution’s strategic vision? Participants will discuss challenges, leadership strategies, and opportunities to strengthen their institutions and achieve transformative change.</div><div><blockquote> <strong> <em>Ron Cole</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College<br></blockquote>  </div><h3> Tough Conversations with Faculty Members</h3>Chief academic officers face difficult conversations with faculty members for a host of reasons, ranging from student complaints and personnel matters to program discontinuation and budget cuts. How can CAOs prepare for and approach these conversations in a manner that aligns with institutional mission and policies as well as AAUP principles of shared governance? Participants will review best practices and discuss their experiences and new insights in light of tough conversations required by the pandemic.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jennifer Bonds-Raacke</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote> <br> </div><div><h3>What CIC Campuses Learned about Good Teaching in Spring 2020</h3><div>The chief academic officer of Southwestern College (KS) will share results of a survey he conducted with students as the starting point for this discussion. The session will explore what CIC campuses learned about good teaching following the spring 2020 pivot to online learning.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Ross Peterson-Veatch</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Southwestern College (KS)</div></blockquote> </div>
Keynote Address: Academia NextKeynote Address: Academia Next2Bryan N. AlexanderPlenary Session<p>Bryan Alexander has been lauded as the higher-education futurist who predicted the pandemic. His book <cite>Academia Next</cite> predicts a great deal more and offers seven potential scenarios that might emerge from current trends. It also reminds readers that decisions taken now will, for better or worse, shape the future that ultimately arrives. This keynote address will encourage Institute participants to think deeply about the future they want for higher education and the trends that will shape how students will learn in an increasingly uncertain world. How can academic leaders be sure that their educational aspirations and values will shape the evolution of these trends and create a future rich in opportunities for student achievement? In a lively and perhaps provocative keynote address, Alexander will explore alternative futures for academic leaders to consider.​</p>
Legal Issues UpdateLegal Issues Update63It is critical, especially in the current regulatory and political environment, for senior campus leaders to be up-to-date in their understanding of key legal issues in higher education. An experienced higher education attorney will offer an update on the most important legal issues likely to affect independent colleges and universities in the near future.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Natasha J. Baker</em></strong>, Founder, Novus Law Firm</blockquote>
Opening and Awards PresentationOpening and Awards Presentation1The opening ceremony honors the recipients of this year’s Chief Academic Officer Award and Academic Leadership Award. It also recognizes those members of the Chief Academic Officers Task Force and Task Force members who are completing their terms of service.<br> <blockquote>Chair: <strong> <em>Glenn R. Sharfman</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Oglethorpe University, and Chair, CIC Chief Academic Officers Task Force<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Welcome and Presentation of Awards </h3><blockquote> <strong> <em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Awards for Service to the CIC Chief Academic Officers Task Force</h3><blockquote> <strong><em>Yolanda W. Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University <br> <strong> <em>Dean A. Pribbenow</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Elmhurst College<br><strong><em>Aimee Sapp</em></strong>, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, William Woods University <br></blockquote> <br> <h3>2020 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award </h3> <strong> <em>Yolanda W. Page</em></strong>, vice president for academic affairs of Dillard University, is the recipient of the 2020 Chief Academic Officer Award in recognition of her excellence in academic leadership and her commitment to professional development programs for academic administrators at independent institutions. While at Dillard, she has overseen the development of a nationally recognized pre-law program, a medical physics track within the physics major, and online course offerings, including a hybrid RN-to-BSN program. She also has worked collaboratively to secure $14 million in external funding for academic initiatives and to assist the college of business in earning ACBSP accreditation. Before joining Dillard in 2013, Page served as dean of the school of arts and sciences and chair of the department of English, theatre, and mass communication at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. She is the editor of <cite>Icons of African American Literature: The Black Literary World</cite> (2011) and of the two-volume <cite>Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers</cite> (2007). Recently, Page was recognized by <cite>Diverse: Issues in Higher Education</cite> as one of 25 outstanding women leaders in higher education. She is a member of the CIC Chief Academic Officers Task Force.<br> <div> <br> </div><h3>2020 CIC Academic Leadership Award</h3> <strong><em>Bryan N. Alexander</em></strong> is the recipient of the 2020 Academic Leadership Award for his visionary scholarship and creative contributions to digital learning and pedagogical innovation. Alexander is a widely consulted futurist, currently in high demand as a speaker. His work focuses on how technology transforms education. He is a senior scholar at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2002 to 2014, Alexander served the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) as senior fellow, director of emerging technologies, and co-director of a regional center. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he organized an information literacy initiative and established multi-campus interdisciplinary courses. Quoted regularly in the national press, Alexander has been interviewed by the <cite>Washington Post</cite>, <cite>Wall Street Journal</cite>, and <cite>U.S. News & World Report</cite>, among others. His most recent book, <cite>Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education</cite>, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2020. He has already begun work on <cite>Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Age of Climate Crisis</cite> (2022). Alexander received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees in English literature from the University of Michigan.
Plenary Address: Academic Leadership, Diversity, and Forging AheadPlenary Address: Academic Leadership, Diversity, and Forging Ahead11David A. ThomasPlenary Session<p>​Forging ahead during these difficult and confusing times requires increased commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the part of the academic leaders of private colleges and universities. Academic excellence and educational progress depends more than ever on the effective work of diverse teams. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College, will share lessons from his research on mentorship and teamwork to suggest how both are effective tools to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic settings. Thomas also will explore how mentoring and teamwork are essential to the future of our institutions and students and how campus leaders can build a culture that supports teamwork and mentorship.</p>
Plenary Address: The Future of Higher Ed Finance and Student SuccessPlenary Address: The Future of Higher Ed Finance and Student Success46Sandy BaumPlenary Session<p>​Sandy Baum is among the nation’s foremost experts on higher education financing and one of its strongest advocates for educational affordability. While independent colleges and universities are champions of student achievement and provide a higher return on investment than public institutions for many students, there is no question that for many families daunting barriers remain to paying for higher education—barriers that may only increase in the wake of the pandemic and its economic effects. In this session, Baum will describe the challenges inherent in the current system of higher education finance and outline opportunities for adaptation and growth in response to uncertain times.</p>
Plenary Panel: CAOs Respond: Our Academic FuturesPlenary Panel: CAOs Respond: Our Academic Futures25Laura Behling; Junius Gonzales; Titi UfomataPlenary Session<p>​How can private colleges and universities plan for the future and forge ahead with ambitious goals while navigating tumultuous and uncertain times? What future scenarios are they pursuing, and which are they determined to avoid? Three provosts from diverse institutions will return to the theme of the opening keynote address to explore how they are positioning their institutions now to create the best possible future in the decade to come. Their wide-ranging backgrounds and varied perspectives on the post-pandemic future will stimulate reflection and draw lessons learned from the Institute as a whole.</p>
Q&A with Bryan AlexanderQ&A with Bryan Alexander3Bryan N. Alexander<p>​Bryan Alexander’s keynote address will no doubt inspire energetic conversation. After the address, participants are invited to join him for informal questions and answers in an interactive, informal forum.</p>
Q&A with Closing PanelQ&A with Closing Panel26Laura Behling; Junius Gonzales; Titi Ufomata<p>This interactive and informal question and answer period will allow participants to engage with plenary panelists and to pursue conversations on the critical issues about the future of independent higher education raised throughout the Institute.​</p>
Q&A with David A. ThomasQ&A with David A. Thomas12David A. Thomas<p>This informal and interactive question and answer period will allow participants to engage with David Thomas and pursue conversations on the critical issues raised in his plenary address.​</p>
Q&A with Sandy BaumQ&A with Sandy Baum83Sandy Baum<p>This informal and highly interactive question and answer period will allow Institute participants to engage with Sandy Baum and pursue ongoing conversations about the critical issues raised in the plenary address.​</p>
Reception for CIC Executive Leadership Academy And Senior Leadership Academy Programs AlumniReception for CIC Executive Leadership Academy And Senior Leadership Academy Programs Alumni6Past and current participants in CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy are invited to reunite with old friends and meet new ones. After a welcome and overview of American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) activities, there will be ample time for planning one-on-one or small group conversations.<br><blockquote>Host: <strong><em>Linda M. Bleicken</em></strong>, President, American Academic Leadership Institute</blockquote>
Reception for CIC Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program Past ParticipantsReception for CIC Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program Past Participants6​Past participants in CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program are invited to reunite with old friends and meet new ones. Fred Ohles, program director and president emeritus of Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Hal Hartley, CIC senior vice president, will serve as hosts. <br><blockquote>Conveners: <strong><em>Frederik Ohles</em></strong>, Program Director and President Emeritus, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and <strong><em>Harold V. Hartley III</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, CIC</blockquote>
Reception for NetVUE MembersReception for NetVUE Members19Members of CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) are invited to learn about recent NetVUE activities and to share lessons learned from campus programs with colleagues. CAOs who plan to attend will receive a “NetVUE Snack Box” for this event (with enough to share with other team members). Simply send an email indicating your plans to attend to <a href=""></a> no later than Wednesday, October 28; you will receive a link to order your gift.<br> <blockquote> Hosts:<br><strong><em>David S. Cunningham</em></strong>, Director of NetVUE, CIC<br><strong><em>Harold V. Hartley III</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, CIC<br><strong><em>Lynne Spoelhof</em></strong>, NetVUE Program Manager, CIC<br></blockquote>
Reception for Participants In the 2020 New CAO WorkshopReception for Participants In the 2020 New CAO Workshop6<div><em>​By Invitation Only</em></div><br>Participants in the Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers will gather to discuss the opening plenary session and plan their engagement with Institute activities, including networking with peers and sponsors. <br><blockquote>Host: <strong><em>Kerry Pannell</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Programs, CIC</blockquote>
Welcome ReceptionWelcome Reception6Participants who wish to discuss the first day’s events, including the keynote address, are encouraged to join colleagues at this reception. After brief welcome remarks, Bryan Alexander will offer conversation prompts for small group discussion on topics related to the future of higher education.<br><blockquote>Hosts:<br><strong><em>Jo Ellen Parker</em></strong>, CIC Vice President for Communication<br><strong><em>Bryan Alexander</em></strong>, Senior Scholar, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University</blockquote>
Women's Brunch DiscussionsWomen's Brunch Discussions87<h3> Collaboration with the Leadership Team</h3><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Kerry Pannell</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Programs, CIC</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Developing Leaders among Faculty and Staff</h3><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Barbara Hetrick</em></strong>, Senior Advisor, CIC</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Mentoring Female Department Chairs</h3><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak</em></strong>, Provost, Bucknell University</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Keys to Strong Public Relations</h3><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Jo Ellen Parker</em></strong>, Vice President for Communications, CIC</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Leading Institutions with Changing Student Demographics</h3><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Leanne Neilson</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California Lutheran University</div></blockquote> <br> <h3>Higher Education Growth Strategies</h3><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Kelly Ball</em></strong>, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Extended Programs, Agnes Scott College</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Working with Your Academic Team</h3><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Katherine Whatley</em></strong>, Senior Advisor, CIC</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Women’s Leadership Challenges</h3><blockquote> <strong> <em>Jonnie Guerra</em></strong>, Senior Advisor, CIC<br></blockquote>  <h3>Women Considering a Presidency</h3><blockquote> <strong> <em>Marylouise Fennell, RSM</em></strong>, Senior Counsel, CIC and former President, Carlow University</blockquote>
Women's Brunch: Women and Higher Education: Where are We Now?Women's Brunch: Women and Higher Education: Where are We Now?22Judith S. Eaton​<strong><em>Judith S. Eaton</em></strong>, recently retired president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), will discuss the progress women college administrators have made in recent decades and describe barriers she overcame during her own wide-ranging and highly successful career. She will reflect on what more must be done to level the playing field for women in higher education. This session is open to participants dedicated to the success of women in academic administration, however they personally identify.<br><br>Following the women’s brunch talk by Judith Eaton, Institute participants will join interactive small group conversations related to leadership in independent higher education.
Workshop: Academic Affairs and Student ProgressWorkshop: Academic Affairs and Student Progress84Workshop<em>Note: This workshop requires pre-registration, as space is limited.</em><br><br>​Formed in November 2018, the CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium now has over 200 members that integrate the consortium into major institutional strategic priorities. This workshop will examine how two institutions have organized their administrations to support one such strategic priority: student progress. Both institutions integrate the registrar function into their approach to student progress, and very successfully integrated the CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium into this approach. The workshop will highlight how their focus on student progress has led to substantial improvements in retention, graduation rates, and <cite>U.S. News & World Report</cite> rankings, and it will help participants assess the opportunity for such improvements at their own institutions.<br><blockquote> <strong> <em>Bryan Boatright</em></strong>, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Registrar, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Mary Ann Coughlin</em></strong>, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Springfield College<br><strong><em>Robert Manzer</em></strong>, Chief Academic Officer, Acadeum</blockquote>
Workshop: Developing a Grant Seeking Strategy in the Current EnvironmentWorkshop: Developing a Grant Seeking Strategy in the Current Environment16Workshop<em>Note: This workshop requires pre-registration, as space is limited.</em><br><br>Federal and foundation grants can provide extensive support for curricular reform, faculty professional development, and student research at independent colleges and universities. Recent challenges for higher education mean greater opportunity for funding. At the same time, however, campuses may have greater need and foundations may be reconsidering their priorities. This workshop will outline proven grant-getting strategies with approaches that have worked for CIC member institutions.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Jessica Gerrity</em></strong>, Vice President, McAllister & Quinn<br><strong><em>Catharine E. O’Connell</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College</blockquote>
Workshop: Dispute Resolution for Academic AdministratorsWorkshop: Dispute Resolution for Academic Administrators84Workshop<em>Note: This workshop requires pre-registration, as space is limited.</em><br><br>Led by an experienced higher education attorney who is a retired college president, this workshop will feature practical and accessible dispute resolution tools that can be used to identify, manage, and resolve the conflicts encountered by academic leaders, including those related to pandemic, personnel, and human resources issues.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Kathleen A. Rinehart</em></strong>, Retired President, Cardinal Stritch University<br></blockquote>
Workshop: Fundamentals of Finance for CAOs and DeansWorkshop: Fundamentals of Finance for CAOs and Deans88Workshop<em>Note: This workshop requires pre-registration, as space is limited.</em><br><br>Budget processes that can be difficult in the best times are even more challenging now. In CIC’s recent study of CAOs, budgeting and financial management emerged as topics that place increasingly high demands on a chief academic officer’s time and attention. Understanding the details of college finances will help academic administrators manage resources, establish priorities, and proactively create budgets for strategic plans.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Mary Van Brunt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gwynedd-Mercy University</blockquote>