Constructing the Future, Collaborating for Success

2021 Institute for Chief Academic Officers with Chief Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officers 11/6/2021 11/6/2021 11/6/202111/9/202111/9/202111/9/2021 Galt House Hotel Louisville, KY
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About the Institute

Independent colleges and universities made major adjustments at a rapid pace
and with great success under the pressures of 2020. Now it is time to redirect
these institutional strengths of flexibility and innovation to reinvigorate institutional
missions as higher education emerges from the pandemic. How can college and
university leaders employ what they learned from the recent crisis to reimagine
an integrated and collaborative approach to the student learning experience?
The theme of CIC’s 2021 Institute—“Constructing the Future: Collaborating for
Success”—provides a framework for discussion of holistic strategies for increased
student success.

Chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers now have new opportunities
to collaborate on initiatives for both students’ and the institution’s success. Strong
cooperation and seamless communication among these chief officers will be
necessary to develop effective partnerships; examine strategic planning and
institutional practice through the lens of equity; integrate curricular and co-curricular
advising models; and encourage students’ civic engagement. Concurrent sessions
will offer practical advice on such topics as student retention, student mental health,
and community college transfer pathways. Sessions also will focus on issues related
to first-generation students, academic integrity in online courses, and the future
of the faculty.

The 2021 Institute for Chief Academic Officers, with Chief Student Affairs and
Chief Diversity Officers, will help participants develop the mutual aspirations and
collaborative relationships that produce institution-wide success in challenging
times. Above all, the Institute will provide college leaders the time and space to
share—with candor—ideas, solutions, and proven practices with colleagues from
across the country and abroad.

In cooperation with NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

CIC is grateful for the substantial and continuing support of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).


Who Should Participate?

CIC invites chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers of all independent
colleges and universities to participate in the 2021 Institute. Chief student affairs and
diversity officers are encouraged to join chief academic officers at the Institute to
strengthen their collaborative work on issues that matter to all three senior officers.
Teams of campus leaders will facilitate many of the concurrent sessions.

Chief academic officers also are encouraged to invite other senior members of their
academic teams—for example, associate and assistant vice presidents/provosts and
academic deans—to participate with them in the Institute to enhance their collaboration
on issues that fall solely within academic affairs.

A chief academic officer may hold the title of provost, vice president for academic
affairs, dean of the faculty, or dean of the college, among others. Chief student affairs
officers may have such titles as vice president for student affairs or dean of students.
Chief diversity officers hold a wide variety of titles, including vice president for equity
and inclusion; executive director of the office of diversity, equity, and inclusion; or senior
diversity officer, among many others.

To support team development, CIC offers a discounted registration fee for multiple
participants from the same institution.

Important Note on Health and Safety

CIC is committed to the health and safety of its members and their communities. To create the safest possible Institute environment while offering meaningful opportunities for interaction, CIC expects that all participants who are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arriving at the Institute. Please expect to be asked about your vaccination status when you register online: If you have been unable to receive the vaccine for any reason you will need to speak to a staff member to complete your registration.

Participants are expected to contribute to creating a safe event by respecting all national, local, and venue-specific health guidelines that might be in effect when the Institute takes place. Updated information reflecting the most recent available guidance will be issued shortly before the event. By attending, participants agree to support their colleagues and communities by complying with public health recommendations that are in effect during the Institute, as well as with the CIC Code of Conduct.

Featured Speakers

 

 

  • Dan-el Padilla Peralta
    Dan-el Padilla Peralta
    Princeton University
  • Sarah Fatherly
    Sarah Fatherly
    Queens University
  • Aaron J. Kuecker
    Aaron J. Kuecker
    Trinity Christian College
  • Sean P. O’Connell
    Sean P. O’Connell
    Albertus Magnus College
  • Lindsay Till Hoyt
    Lindsay Till Hoyt
    Fordham University
  • Jillian Kinzie
    Jillian Kinzie
    Indiana University School of Education
  • Eva Chatterjee-Sutton
    Eva Chatterjee-Sutton
    Washington & Jefferson College
  • Leanne Neilson
    Leanne Neilson
    California Lutheran University
  • Monica Smith
    Monica Smith
    Augustana College
  • Kevin Kruger
    Kevin Kruger
    NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Schedule

 

 

Workshop for New Chief Academic OfficersWorkshop for New Chief Academic Officers1Workshop<div> <em>Workshops require pre-registration as space is limited. The registration fee covers materials, meals, and refreshments. To add a workshop to an existing Institute registration, please contact Tabitha Truscott, CIC conference and program manager, at </em> <a href="mailto:ttruscott@cic.nche.edu"> <em>ttruscott@cic.nche.edu</em></a><em>.</em><br></div><div> <br> </div><div>Chief academic officers who have served for fewer than two years are invited<br>to participate in this workshop, led by experienced colleagues, that addresses issues that newer CAOs often face. Participants will work in small groups, analyze case studies, and discuss such topics as accreditation; assessment and institutional effectiveness; faculty governance and leadership; appointments, promotion, and tenure and its alternatives; managing time, technology, and paper; and working with peer administrators. Participants will be paired with an experienced CAO mentor.<br></div><blockquote>Workshop Coordinators:<br><strong><em>Kerry D. Fulcher</em></strong>, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University<br><strong><em>Lori Werth</em></strong>, Provost, University of Pikeville<br><br>Mentor Program Coordinators:<br><strong><em>Elissa Heil</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Wilson College<br><strong><em>Stephen D. Stahl</em></strong>, Provost, Baldwin Wallace University<br></blockquote> <br> <em>Fee: early rate $75 (by September 3); regular fee $100 (after September 3)</em>
Reception for Alumni of CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy ProgramsReception for Alumni of CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy Programs84Alumni of CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy are invited to gather for light refreshments and conversation.<br><br>Convener: <strong><em>Linda M. Bleicken</em></strong>, AALI
Strengthening Humanities for a New MajorityStrengthening Humanities for a New Majority5Sarah Fatherly; Aaron J. Kuecker; Sean P. O’ConnellConcurrent SessionThis session will engage and develop the themes of the opening plenary, “Revitalizing the Humanities for Social Justice and Civic Engagement.” Three chief academic officers, all distinguished humanists, will share their perspectives on how to revive broad student interest in humanistic learning. Sarah Fatherly will discuss how initiatives in the digital humanities, including digital portfolios and community-based research, give the humanities fresh relevance in the eyes of both students and the public. In her view, digital innovation and public engagement are central to a vital future for the humanities. Aaron J. Kuecker will discuss how the study of the humanities can co-exist with, and even support, a campus religious tradition or affiliation. Using the concept of “vocation,” Kuecker will show how the humanities, religious tradition, and career preparation can be interwoven to help students plan their futures. Sean P. O’Connell will describe how the humanities play a central role in creating personalized, interdisciplinary majors and provide the impetus for successful master’s degree programs by embracing new modes of experiential learning and framing the core axioms of humanistic study in new contexts.<br><blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>S. Georgia Nugent</em></strong>, President, Illinois Wesleyan University and former President, Society for Classical Studies</blockquote>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions5Concurrent Session<em>(Most concurrent sessions will take place on Sunday; others are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Additional sessions and speakers will be added to the CIC website as they are confirmed.)</em><br> <div> <br> </div><div><h3>Adapting Living-Learning Communities to Post-COVID-19 Realities</h3>For more than a decade, living-learning communities have been an effective and popular student success strategy, one that CIC colleges and universities highlight as an example of integrated learning on their campuses. How are CIC institutions revisiting this popular and successful practice post-pandemic? Two teams of academic and student life officers will discuss how their living-learning community programs are evolving and what innovations are being planned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jon Dooley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Elon University<br><strong><em>Marlin Nabors</em></strong>, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Beth M. Schwartz</em></strong>, Provost, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Aswani K. Volety</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Elon University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Athletics and Academics: Academic and Student Affairs as Team Sport</h3>Athletics are an important element of the student experience at many CIC institutions, and effective collaboration between academic and  student affairs professionals is key to student athletes’ academic success. Athletics departments have had to adapt in response to new public health requirements and dramatically different schedules for competition. How will these challenges shape ongoing collaboration between academic and student affairs departments? How can CAOs and CSAOs together help student athletes excel both in the classroom and on the playing field? Chief academic and student affairs officers of three CIC institutions will describe how campus colleagues have adapted and planned for future athletic and academic success.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jeffrey R. Breese</em></strong>, Provost, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Debora D’Anna</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Brevard College<br><strong><em>William (Rusty) Kennedy</em></strong>, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics, Midway University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Authentic Community: Creating Lives of Consequence, Inquiry, and Accomplishment</h3>Through more than 1,000 interviews with 25- to 65-year-old college graduates, social psychologist Richard Detweiler gathered powerful evidence that a liberal arts education experienced in “authentic community” leads to the most positive long-term outcomes. In <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (2021) he provides the data to back up many often-repeated claims about the impact of the liberal arts on adult lives of leadership, altruism, continued learning, cultural involvement, fulfillment, and success. In conversation with provost Lauren Bowen of Juniata College, and in response to questions from session participants, Detweiler will explore the implications of his research for<br>the work of academic, student affairs, and diversity officers.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Lauren Bowen</em></strong>, Provost, Juniata College<br><strong><em>Richard A. Detweiler</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Great Lakes College Association, and author of <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (forthcoming, 2021)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Building Processes to Support Underprepared Students’ Success</h3>Student success depends on supporting timely degree completion. This session will highlight a proven approach to increasing degree completion by strengthening readiness and retention at all stages of<br>a student’s undergraduate career. The CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC) has succeeded on dozens of participating campuses by increasing opportunities for students to stay on track with their academic programs or even to get ahead. Panelists will discuss how the CIC-OCSC has helped students on their campuses overcome challenges and move toward completion of their academic programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Cynthia K. Kosso</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Moravian College<br><strong><em>Jamila S. Lyn</em></strong>, Senior Fellow, Acadeum’s Center of Excellence, and Director of Specialized Programming, Benedict College<br><strong><em>Yolanda Williams Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><h3>“Calling” across the (Co-)Curriculum: Academic and Student Affairs Collaborate to Foster Vocational Exploration </h3>CIC institutions are finding new ways to help undergraduate students examine questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. One approach employs the venerable concept of “finding one’s calling” to encourage students to integrate academic study in professional and liberal arts disciplines with non- academic career preparation. In this panel, two pairs of administrative colleagues will describe how academic affairs and student affairs offices can collaborate to make vocational exploration and discernment a powerful aspect of student experience through programming for students and professional development for staff and faculty members.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Connie Carson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Furman University<br><strong><em>Michael (Mike) Hayes</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Development, Lee University<br><strong><em>Deborah Murray</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lee University<br><strong><em>Ken Peterson</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Career Readiness and Curricular Integration<br></h3>Given public skepticism of the value of college as career preparation, how can institutions ensure that students benefit from their distinctive educational missions while also gaining the skills and attitudes necessary for professional success? Two academic leaders from quite different institutions will share how they integrate career readiness training across a range of programs to ensure that students make a smooth transition into valuable work opportunities and successful career trajectories.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Sandra Dunbar-Smalley</em></strong>, Provost, AdventHealth University<br><strong><em>Nancy J. Evangelista</em></strong>, Provost, Muskingum University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Current Legal Issues in Higher Education</h3>It 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>, Managing Attorney, Novus Law Firm, Inc.<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Expanding Esports at Independent Colleges</h3>CIC’s report <cite>Esports and Independent Colleges</cite> (2020) found that five out of six CIC member institutions had recently established some forms of esports on campus. Many colleges and universities are finding that the rapid expansion of esports programs, meant to attract and engage students, can lead to internal growing pains in the context of a dynamic external environment. What are the strategic issues that college leaders should consider as they initiate and expand esports programs? Leaders from institutions that have developed successful initiatives will outline promising approaches and describe challenges they faced as they launched or developed esports programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Davida H. Haywood</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<br><strong><em>Karen D. Morgan</em></strong>, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<strong><br><em>Tiffany Sanchez</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Stevenson University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Free College Future?</h3>The “free college” movement has gained momentum over the past few years and President Biden is under pressure to act. The latest proposal is to provide all students with tuition benefits for community colleges in their home states. To date, several states have already implemented similar programs; several of these approaches were studied in CIC’s <cite>State “Free College” Programs: Implications for States and Independent Higher Education and Alternative Policy Approaches</cite> (2020). In this moderated conversation, CAOs from states that have already experimented with free college will share their experiences. They will discuss how state-level changes affected their institutions in order to help session participants anticipate the potential impact of a nationwide “free college” plan. Participants will share ideas about how an institution might thrive in a “free college” future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Nancy Berner</em></strong>, Senior Vice President and Provost, Sewanee: The University of the South<br><strong><em>Junius J. Gonzales</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology<br><strong><em>Gregor Thuswaldner</em></strong>, Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3> Innovative Strategies for First-Generation Student Success</h3>First-generation college students are encountering new challenges as campuses re-open after a year of remote learning, finding it more difficult to become accustomed to the routine of college life and acclimate to the anxieties of institutional culture. Senior administrators from institutions with innovative strategies to help students overcome these obstacles will share their approaches and lead a discussion of similarly successful efforts at other CIC member colleges and universities.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Keri Alioto</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Amy Badal</em></strong>, The Fritz Family Dean of Students, Bucknell University<br><strong><em>Karen Friedlen</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak</em></strong>, Provost, Bucknell University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Leveraging Consortial Collaboration: The Perspective of Association Leaders</h3>With accelerating change across higher education, inter-institutional collaboration is more important than ever. In this session, leaders of consortial organizations will explore the implications of a variety of models and initiatives for chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers. They will highlight strategies for building a culture of collaboration both across—and within— institutions. Participants will develop and share ways they can further leverage the various consortia to which their institutions belong to increase the institutional benefits of inter-institutional collaboration.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jeffrey E. Arnold</em></strong>, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Stephanie L. Fabritius</em></strong>, President, Associated Colleges of the South<br><strong><em>Michael E. Hodge</em></strong>, Interim Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium<br><strong><em>Michael A. (Mickey) McDonald</em></strong>, President, Great Lakes Colleges Association<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Maximizing Student Achievement and Retention</h3>Initiatives to enhance student academic achievement and personal development are important points of collaboration between academic and student affairs divisions. What strategies effectively maximize the persistence to graduation, academic success, and personal growth of students? Through intentional cooperation and innovative student support models, campuses can implement a comprehensive program to promote student success. Academic and student development officers from two institutions will share approaches that have boosted both student achievement and retention on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Katherine Clay Bassard</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Michael W. Markowitz</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Sherry L. Turner</em></strong>, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Abigail T. Wernicki</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Meghan Harte Weyant</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Rhodes College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Open Mic for Chief Academic, Student Affairs, and Diversity Officers</h3> <em>(Open only to currently-serving CAOs, CSAOs, and CDOs.)</em><br>Participants will have the opportunity to seek practical advice from colleagues on pressing issues and to share information about emerging trends and practices in independent higher education.<br> <blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>J. Andrew Prall</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University, and Chair, CIC CAO-CSAO Task Force<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Promoting Anti-Racism on Campus</h3>In light of goals for greater educational equity and social justice for students of color, campuses have stepped up efforts to incorporate anti-racism into their curricular and co-curricular offerings. Effective strategies are emerging: Some institutions have developed new organizational structures and created new initiatives to attain greater equity in learning outcomes and a more inclusive environment for students and employees. Leadership teams from two innovative institutions will describe their approaches to promoting anti-racism on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jennifer Bonds-Raacke</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Norbert College<br><strong><em>Leanna Fenneberg</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>DonnaJean Fredeen</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>John W. Miller Jr.</em></strong>, Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Promoting Students’ Civic Engagement</h3>New research by plenary speaker Lindsay Till Hoyt has found that key elements of civic engagement tend to be positively related to mental well-being and student success. How are colleges and universities promoting and supporting civic engagement through both the curriculum and co-curricular programming? Following Hoyt’s plenary address, two pairs of senior leaders will discuss how their campuses encourage civic engagement.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Heather M. Black</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University<br><strong><em>Ryan Flynn</em></strong>, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Catharine E. O’Connell</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Jenna Templeton</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><h3>Recent and Anticipated Changes to Title IX</h3>Title IX requirements have undergone revisions in recent years, creating the need to adjust administrative practices at independent colleges and universities. What are the most important changes to guidelines and requirements that institutions need to be aware of in the current regulatory environment? What practices and campus policies are best suited to an equitable process? An experienced higher education attorney will provide timely and practical advice on Title IX compliance and risk management.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Susan Llewellyn Deniker</em></strong>, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC</blockquote> <br> <div></div><div><h3>Strategic Academic Review and Realignment: An Iterative Process</h3>What do students need now for a 21st- century education? And what programs will attract students to your institution? Changing student demographics, emerging enrollment trends, and increasing societal expectations for direct outcomes-based learning lead many campuses to engage in academic restructuring and innovative program realignment. What is the right way to pace and structure these important but charged changes? Three chief academic officers will present case studies of the processes their institutions used to prioritize and restructure programs, the obstacles they faced, the results they achieved, and the strategies they employed to maintain campus morale. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own campus situations and to seek advice about how to gain support for necessary changes.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ron Cole</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College<br><strong><em>Karlyn Crowley</em></strong>, Provost, Ohio Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Mary H. Van Brunt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gwynedd Mercy University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategies for Difficult Campus Conversations</h3>Important and sensitive communication among institutional constituencies about the need for greater racial and gender justice became even more challenging under pandemic campus protocols. How can campus leaders address the sense of an urgent need for action on issues of social justice while managing external relations and helping reduce the trauma students and employees feel after a difficult year? Campus leaders will describe how their institutions have approached difficult conversations and offer lessons learned during the pandemic year.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Yolanda Barbier Gibson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Cameron J. McCoy</em></strong>, Provost, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Ryan Sandefer</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica<br><strong><em>Linda Strong-Leek</em></strong>, Provost, Haverford College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Student Mental Health</h3>Mental health plays a critical role in student success, and supporting mental well-being is an important area of collaboration for academic and student affairs professionals. Stresses related to a pandemic, social unrest, and economic turmoil intensified student mental health issues; at the same time the shift to a primarily virtual student experience posed new challenges to the identification of need and delivery of services. What effective strategies have institutions employed to reach students, to monitor their mental health, and to offer help and support? And which of these interim strategies suggest opportunities to serve students effectively in the long run? Senior administrators will lead a discussion of lessons learned and strategies for the future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Deanne W. Hurley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Kathryn M. LaFontana</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Alexander Miller</em></strong>, Vice President of Student Development, Denison University</blockquote></div>
Reception for NetVUE MembersReception for NetVUE Members84Representatives of institutions that are members of CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) are invited to learn about recent NetVUE activities and to share lessons learned from their campus programs with colleagues over refreshments.<br><blockquote>Conveners:<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</blockquote>
Workshop for CAOs in Their Third or Fourth Year of ServiceWorkshop for CAOs in Their Third or Fourth Year of Service1Workshop<div> <em>Workshops require pre-registration as space is limited. The registration fee covers materials, meals, and refreshments. To add a workshop to an existing Institute registration, please contact Tabitha Truscott, CIC conference and program manager, at </em> <a href="mailto:ttruscott@cic.nche.edu"> <em>ttruscott@cic.nche.edu</em></a><em>.</em><br></div><br>Entering the third or fourth year of service, chief academic officers usually have mastered the fundamentals of the role. At this stage, CAOs discover greater opportunities to lead rather than just manage. What are the key questions CAOs can and should address at this stage in their careers? For example, how do CAOs balance attention to their institutions’ immediate issues with focus on their long-term academic needs? How can CAOs attend to their own professional lives while also serving their institutions? How do CAOs work effectively with presidents and other cabinet officers on strategic planning? Participants will explore these and related questions and gain fresh perspectives on the next stage in their careers as CAOs.<br> <blockquote>Workshop Coordinators:<br><strong><em>Kimberly A. Coplin</em></strong>, Provost, Denison University<br><strong><em>Michael J. Sosulski</em></strong>, Provost, Wofford College <br></blockquote> <br> <em>Fee: early rate $75 (by September 3); regular fee $100 (after September 3)</em>
Networking Break with SponsorsNetworking Break with Sponsors12
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions8Concurrent Session<em>(Most concurrent sessions will take place on Sunday; others are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Additional sessions and speakers will be added to the CIC website as they are confirmed.)</em><br> <div> <br> </div><div><h3>Adapting Living-Learning Communities to Post-COVID-19 Realities</h3>For more than a decade, living-learning communities have been an effective and popular student success strategy, one that CIC colleges and universities highlight as an example of integrated learning on their campuses. How are CIC institutions revisiting this popular and successful practice post-pandemic? Two teams of academic and student life officers will discuss how their living-learning community programs are evolving and what innovations are being planned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jon Dooley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Elon University<br><strong><em>Marlin Nabors</em></strong>, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Beth M. Schwartz</em></strong>, Provost, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Aswani K. Volety</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Elon University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Athletics and Academics: Academic and Student Affairs as Team Sport</h3>Athletics are an important element of the student experience at many CIC institutions, and effective collaboration between academic and  student affairs professionals is key to student athletes’ academic success. Athletics departments have had to adapt in response to new public health requirements and dramatically different schedules for competition. How will these challenges shape ongoing collaboration between academic and student affairs departments? How can CAOs and CSAOs together help student athletes excel both in the classroom and on the playing field? Chief academic and student affairs officers of three CIC institutions will describe how campus colleagues have adapted and planned for future athletic and academic success.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jeffrey R. Breese</em></strong>, Provost, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Debora D’Anna</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Brevard College<br><strong><em>William (Rusty) Kennedy</em></strong>, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics, Midway University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Authentic Community: Creating Lives of Consequence, Inquiry, and Accomplishment</h3>Through more than 1,000 interviews with 25- to 65-year-old college graduates, social psychologist Richard Detweiler gathered powerful evidence that a liberal arts education experienced in “authentic community” leads to the most positive long-term outcomes. In <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (2021) he provides the data to back up many often-repeated claims about the impact of the liberal arts on adult lives of leadership, altruism, continued learning, cultural involvement, fulfillment, and success. In conversation with provost Lauren Bowen of Juniata College, and in response to questions from session participants, Detweiler will explore the implications of his research for<br>the work of academic, student affairs, and diversity officers.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Lauren Bowen</em></strong>, Provost, Juniata College<br><strong><em>Richard A. Detweiler</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Great Lakes College Association, and author of <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (forthcoming, 2021)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Building Processes to Support Underprepared Students’ Success</h3>Student success depends on supporting timely degree completion. This session will highlight a proven approach to increasing degree completion by strengthening readiness and retention at all stages of<br>a student’s undergraduate career. The CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC) has succeeded on dozens of participating campuses by increasing opportunities for students to stay on track with their academic programs or even to get ahead. Panelists will discuss how the CIC-OCSC has helped students on their campuses overcome challenges and move toward completion of their academic programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Cynthia K. Kosso</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Moravian College<br><strong><em>Jamila S. Lyn</em></strong>, Senior Fellow, Acadeum’s Center of Excellence, and Director of Specialized Programming, Benedict College<br><strong><em>Yolanda Williams Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><h3>“Calling” across the (Co-)Curriculum: Academic and Student Affairs Collaborate to Foster Vocational Exploration </h3>CIC institutions are finding new ways to help undergraduate students examine questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. One approach employs the venerable concept of “finding one’s calling” to encourage students to integrate academic study in professional and liberal arts disciplines with non- academic career preparation. In this panel, two pairs of administrative colleagues will describe how academic affairs and student affairs offices can collaborate to make vocational exploration and discernment a powerful aspect of student experience through programming for students and professional development for staff and faculty members.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Connie Carson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Furman University<br><strong><em>Michael (Mike) Hayes</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Development, Lee University<br><strong><em>Deborah Murray</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lee University<br><strong><em>Ken Peterson</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Career Readiness and Curricular Integration<br></h3>Given public skepticism of the value of college as career preparation, how can institutions ensure that students benefit from their distinctive educational missions while also gaining the skills and attitudes necessary for professional success? Two academic leaders from quite different institutions will share how they integrate career readiness training across a range of programs to ensure that students make a smooth transition into valuable work opportunities and successful career trajectories.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Sandra Dunbar-Smalley</em></strong>, Provost, AdventHealth University<br><strong><em>Nancy J. Evangelista</em></strong>, Provost, Muskingum University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Current Legal Issues in Higher Education</h3>It 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>, Managing Attorney, Novus Law Firm, Inc.<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Expanding Esports at Independent Colleges</h3>CIC’s report <cite>Esports and Independent Colleges</cite> (2020) found that five out of six CIC member institutions had recently established some forms of esports on campus. Many colleges and universities are finding that the rapid expansion of esports programs, meant to attract and engage students, can lead to internal growing pains in the context of a dynamic external environment. What are the strategic issues that college leaders should consider as they initiate and expand esports programs? Leaders from institutions that have developed successful initiatives will outline promising approaches and describe challenges they faced as they launched or developed esports programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Davida H. Haywood</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<br><strong><em>Karen D. Morgan</em></strong>, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<strong><br><em>Tiffany Sanchez</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Stevenson University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Free College Future?</h3>The “free college” movement has gained momentum over the past few years and President Biden is under pressure to act. The latest proposal is to provide all students with tuition benefits for community colleges in their home states. To date, several states have already implemented similar programs; several of these approaches were studied in CIC’s <cite>State “Free College” Programs: Implications for States and Independent Higher Education and Alternative Policy Approaches</cite> (2020). In this moderated conversation, CAOs from states that have already experimented with free college will share their experiences. They will discuss how state-level changes affected their institutions in order to help session participants anticipate the potential impact of a nationwide “free college” plan. Participants will share ideas about how an institution might thrive in a “free college” future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Nancy Berner</em></strong>, Senior Vice President and Provost, Sewanee: The University of the South<br><strong><em>Junius J. Gonzales</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology<br><strong><em>Gregor Thuswaldner</em></strong>, Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3> Innovative Strategies for First-Generation Student Success</h3>First-generation college students are encountering new challenges as campuses re-open after a year of remote learning, finding it more difficult to become accustomed to the routine of college life and acclimate to the anxieties of institutional culture. Senior administrators from institutions with innovative strategies to help students overcome these obstacles will share their approaches and lead a discussion of similarly successful efforts at other CIC member colleges and universities.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Keri Alioto</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Amy Badal</em></strong>, The Fritz Family Dean of Students, Bucknell University<br><strong><em>Karen Friedlen</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak</em></strong>, Provost, Bucknell University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Leveraging Consortial Collaboration: The Perspective of Association Leaders</h3>With accelerating change across higher education, inter-institutional collaboration is more important than ever. In this session, leaders of consortial organizations will explore the implications of a variety of models and initiatives for chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers. They will highlight strategies for building a culture of collaboration both across—and within— institutions. Participants will develop and share ways they can further leverage the various consortia to which their institutions belong to increase the institutional benefits of inter-institutional collaboration.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jeffrey E. Arnold</em></strong>, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Stephanie L. Fabritius</em></strong>, President, Associated Colleges of the South<br><strong><em>Michael E. Hodge</em></strong>, Interim Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium<br><strong><em>Michael A. (Mickey) McDonald</em></strong>, President, Great Lakes Colleges Association<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Maximizing Student Achievement and Retention</h3>Initiatives to enhance student academic achievement and personal development are important points of collaboration between academic and student affairs divisions. What strategies effectively maximize the persistence to graduation, academic success, and personal growth of students? Through intentional cooperation and innovative student support models, campuses can implement a comprehensive program to promote student success. Academic and student development officers from two institutions will share approaches that have boosted both student achievement and retention on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Katherine Clay Bassard</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Michael W. Markowitz</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Sherry L. Turner</em></strong>, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Abigail T. Wernicki</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Meghan Harte Weyant</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Rhodes College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Open Mic for Chief Academic, Student Affairs, and Diversity Officers</h3> <em>(Open only to currently-serving CAOs, CSAOs, and CDOs.)</em><br>Participants will have the opportunity to seek practical advice from colleagues on pressing issues and to share information about emerging trends and practices in independent higher education.<br> <blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>J. Andrew Prall</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University, and Chair, CIC CAO-CSAO Task Force<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Promoting Anti-Racism on Campus</h3>In light of goals for greater educational equity and social justice for students of color, campuses have stepped up efforts to incorporate anti-racism into their curricular and co-curricular offerings. Effective strategies are emerging: Some institutions have developed new organizational structures and created new initiatives to attain greater equity in learning outcomes and a more inclusive environment for students and employees. Leadership teams from two innovative institutions will describe their approaches to promoting anti-racism on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jennifer Bonds-Raacke</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Norbert College<br><strong><em>Leanna Fenneberg</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>DonnaJean Fredeen</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>John W. Miller Jr.</em></strong>, Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Promoting Students’ Civic Engagement</h3>New research by plenary speaker Lindsay Till Hoyt has found that key elements of civic engagement tend to be positively related to mental well-being and student success. How are colleges and universities promoting and supporting civic engagement through both the curriculum and co-curricular programming? Following Hoyt’s plenary address, two pairs of senior leaders will discuss how their campuses encourage civic engagement.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Heather M. Black</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University<br><strong><em>Ryan Flynn</em></strong>, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Catharine E. O’Connell</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Jenna Templeton</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><h3>Recent and Anticipated Changes to Title IX</h3>Title IX requirements have undergone revisions in recent years, creating the need to adjust administrative practices at independent colleges and universities. What are the most important changes to guidelines and requirements that institutions need to be aware of in the current regulatory environment? What practices and campus policies are best suited to an equitable process? An experienced higher education attorney will provide timely and practical advice on Title IX compliance and risk management.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Susan Llewellyn Deniker</em></strong>, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC</blockquote> <br> <div></div><div><h3>Strategic Academic Review and Realignment: An Iterative Process</h3>What do students need now for a 21st- century education? And what programs will attract students to your institution? Changing student demographics, emerging enrollment trends, and increasing societal expectations for direct outcomes-based learning lead many campuses to engage in academic restructuring and innovative program realignment. What is the right way to pace and structure these important but charged changes? Three chief academic officers will present case studies of the processes their institutions used to prioritize and restructure programs, the obstacles they faced, the results they achieved, and the strategies they employed to maintain campus morale. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own campus situations and to seek advice about how to gain support for necessary changes.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ron Cole</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College<br><strong><em>Karlyn Crowley</em></strong>, Provost, Ohio Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Mary H. Van Brunt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gwynedd Mercy University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategies for Difficult Campus Conversations</h3>Important and sensitive communication among institutional constituencies about the need for greater racial and gender justice became even more challenging under pandemic campus protocols. How can campus leaders address the sense of an urgent need for action on issues of social justice while managing external relations and helping reduce the trauma students and employees feel after a difficult year? Campus leaders will describe how their institutions have approached difficult conversations and offer lessons learned during the pandemic year.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Yolanda Barbier Gibson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Cameron J. McCoy</em></strong>, Provost, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Ryan Sandefer</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica<br><strong><em>Linda Strong-Leek</em></strong>, Provost, Haverford College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Student Mental Health</h3>Mental health plays a critical role in student success, and supporting mental well-being is an important area of collaboration for academic and student affairs professionals. Stresses related to a pandemic, social unrest, and economic turmoil intensified student mental health issues; at the same time the shift to a primarily virtual student experience posed new challenges to the identification of need and delivery of services. What effective strategies have institutions employed to reach students, to monitor their mental health, and to offer help and support? And which of these interim strategies suggest opportunities to serve students effectively in the long run? Senior administrators will lead a discussion of lessons learned and strategies for the future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Deanne W. Hurley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Kathryn M. LaFontana</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Alexander Miller</em></strong>, Vice President of Student Development, Denison University</blockquote></div>
Welcome Reception and DinnerWelcome Reception and Dinner3Spouses and Partners<p>​Immediately following the keynote address, a combination reception and dinner will provide participants the opportunity to greet old friends and meet new colleagues.</p>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions13<em>(Most concurrent sessions will take place on Sunday; others are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Additional sessions and speakers will be added to the CIC website as they are confirmed.)</em><br> <div> <br> </div><div><h3>Adapting Living-Learning Communities to Post-COVID-19 Realities</h3>For more than a decade, living-learning communities have been an effective and popular student success strategy, one that CIC colleges and universities highlight as an example of integrated learning on their campuses. How are CIC institutions revisiting this popular and successful practice post-pandemic? Two teams of academic and student life officers will discuss how their living-learning community programs are evolving and what innovations are being planned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jon Dooley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Elon University<br><strong><em>Marlin Nabors</em></strong>, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Beth M. Schwartz</em></strong>, Provost, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Aswani K. Volety</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Elon University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Athletics and Academics: Academic and Student Affairs as Team Sport</h3>Athletics are an important element of the student experience at many CIC institutions, and effective collaboration between academic and  student affairs professionals is key to student athletes’ academic success. Athletics departments have had to adapt in response to new public health requirements and dramatically different schedules for competition. How will these challenges shape ongoing collaboration between academic and student affairs departments? How can CAOs and CSAOs together help student athletes excel both in the classroom and on the playing field? Chief academic and student affairs officers of three CIC institutions will describe how campus colleagues have adapted and planned for future athletic and academic success.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jeffrey R. Breese</em></strong>, Provost, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Debora D’Anna</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Brevard College<br><strong><em>William (Rusty) Kennedy</em></strong>, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics, Midway University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Authentic Community: Creating Lives of Consequence, Inquiry, and Accomplishment</h3>Through more than 1,000 interviews with 25- to 65-year-old college graduates, social psychologist Richard Detweiler gathered powerful evidence that a liberal arts education experienced in “authentic community” leads to the most positive long-term outcomes. In <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (2021) he provides the data to back up many often-repeated claims about the impact of the liberal arts on adult lives of leadership, altruism, continued learning, cultural involvement, fulfillment, and success. In conversation with provost Lauren Bowen of Juniata College, and in response to questions from session participants, Detweiler will explore the implications of his research for<br>the work of academic, student affairs, and diversity officers.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Lauren Bowen</em></strong>, Provost, Juniata College<br><strong><em>Richard A. Detweiler</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Great Lakes College Association, and author of <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (forthcoming, 2021)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Building Processes to Support Underprepared Students’ Success</h3>Student success depends on supporting timely degree completion. This session will highlight a proven approach to increasing degree completion by strengthening readiness and retention at all stages of<br>a student’s undergraduate career. The CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC) has succeeded on dozens of participating campuses by increasing opportunities for students to stay on track with their academic programs or even to get ahead. Panelists will discuss how the CIC-OCSC has helped students on their campuses overcome challenges and move toward completion of their academic programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Cynthia K. Kosso</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Moravian College<br><strong><em>Jamila S. Lyn</em></strong>, Senior Fellow, Acadeum’s Center of Excellence, and Director of Specialized Programming, Benedict College<br><strong><em>Yolanda Williams Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><h3>“Calling” across the (Co-)Curriculum: Academic and Student Affairs Collaborate to Foster Vocational Exploration </h3>CIC institutions are finding new ways to help undergraduate students examine questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. One approach employs the venerable concept of “finding one’s calling” to encourage students to integrate academic study in professional and liberal arts disciplines with non- academic career preparation. In this panel, two pairs of administrative colleagues will describe how academic affairs and student affairs offices can collaborate to make vocational exploration and discernment a powerful aspect of student experience through programming for students and professional development for staff and faculty members.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Connie Carson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Furman University<br><strong><em>Michael (Mike) Hayes</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Development, Lee University<br><strong><em>Deborah Murray</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lee University<br><strong><em>Ken Peterson</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Career Readiness and Curricular Integration<br></h3>Given public skepticism of the value of college as career preparation, how can institutions ensure that students benefit from their distinctive educational missions while also gaining the skills and attitudes necessary for professional success? Two academic leaders from quite different institutions will share how they integrate career readiness training across a range of programs to ensure that students make a smooth transition into valuable work opportunities and successful career trajectories.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Sandra Dunbar-Smalley</em></strong>, Provost, AdventHealth University<br><strong><em>Nancy J. Evangelista</em></strong>, Provost, Muskingum University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Current Legal Issues in Higher Education</h3>It 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>, Managing Attorney, Novus Law Firm, Inc.<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Expanding Esports at Independent Colleges</h3>CIC’s report <cite>Esports and Independent Colleges</cite> (2020) found that five out of six CIC member institutions had recently established some forms of esports on campus. Many colleges and universities are finding that the rapid expansion of esports programs, meant to attract and engage students, can lead to internal growing pains in the context of a dynamic external environment. What are the strategic issues that college leaders should consider as they initiate and expand esports programs? Leaders from institutions that have developed successful initiatives will outline promising approaches and describe challenges they faced as they launched or developed esports programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Davida H. Haywood</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<br><strong><em>Karen D. Morgan</em></strong>, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<strong><br><em>Tiffany Sanchez</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Stevenson University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Free College Future?</h3>The “free college” movement has gained momentum over the past few years and President Biden is under pressure to act. The latest proposal is to provide all students with tuition benefits for community colleges in their home states. To date, several states have already implemented similar programs; several of these approaches were studied in CIC’s <cite>State “Free College” Programs: Implications for States and Independent Higher Education and Alternative Policy Approaches</cite> (2020). In this moderated conversation, CAOs from states that have already experimented with free college will share their experiences. They will discuss how state-level changes affected their institutions in order to help session participants anticipate the potential impact of a nationwide “free college” plan. Participants will share ideas about how an institution might thrive in a “free college” future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Nancy Berner</em></strong>, Senior Vice President and Provost, Sewanee: The University of the South<br><strong><em>Junius J. Gonzales</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology<br><strong><em>Gregor Thuswaldner</em></strong>, Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3> Innovative Strategies for First-Generation Student Success</h3>First-generation college students are encountering new challenges as campuses re-open after a year of remote learning, finding it more difficult to become accustomed to the routine of college life and acclimate to the anxieties of institutional culture. Senior administrators from institutions with innovative strategies to help students overcome these obstacles will share their approaches and lead a discussion of similarly successful efforts at other CIC member colleges and universities.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Keri Alioto</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Amy Badal</em></strong>, The Fritz Family Dean of Students, Bucknell University<br><strong><em>Karen Friedlen</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak</em></strong>, Provost, Bucknell University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Leveraging Consortial Collaboration: The Perspective of Association Leaders</h3>With accelerating change across higher education, inter-institutional collaboration is more important than ever. In this session, leaders of consortial organizations will explore the implications of a variety of models and initiatives for chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers. They will highlight strategies for building a culture of collaboration both across—and within— institutions. Participants will develop and share ways they can further leverage the various consortia to which their institutions belong to increase the institutional benefits of inter-institutional collaboration.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jeffrey E. Arnold</em></strong>, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Stephanie L. Fabritius</em></strong>, President, Associated Colleges of the South<br><strong><em>Michael E. Hodge</em></strong>, Interim Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium<br><strong><em>Michael A. (Mickey) McDonald</em></strong>, President, Great Lakes Colleges Association<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Maximizing Student Achievement and Retention</h3>Initiatives to enhance student academic achievement and personal development are important points of collaboration between academic and student affairs divisions. What strategies effectively maximize the persistence to graduation, academic success, and personal growth of students? Through intentional cooperation and innovative student support models, campuses can implement a comprehensive program to promote student success. Academic and student development officers from two institutions will share approaches that have boosted both student achievement and retention on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Katherine Clay Bassard</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Michael W. Markowitz</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Sherry L. Turner</em></strong>, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Abigail T. Wernicki</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Meghan Harte Weyant</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Rhodes College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Open Mic for Chief Academic, Student Affairs, and Diversity Officers</h3> <em>(Open only to currently-serving CAOs, CSAOs, and CDOs.)</em><br>Participants will have the opportunity to seek practical advice from colleagues on pressing issues and to share information about emerging trends and practices in independent higher education.<br> <blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>J. Andrew Prall</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University, and Chair, CIC CAO-CSAO Task Force<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Promoting Anti-Racism on Campus</h3>In light of goals for greater educational equity and social justice for students of color, campuses have stepped up efforts to incorporate anti-racism into their curricular and co-curricular offerings. Effective strategies are emerging: Some institutions have developed new organizational structures and created new initiatives to attain greater equity in learning outcomes and a more inclusive environment for students and employees. Leadership teams from two innovative institutions will describe their approaches to promoting anti-racism on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jennifer Bonds-Raacke</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Norbert College<br><strong><em>Leanna Fenneberg</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>DonnaJean Fredeen</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>John W. Miller Jr.</em></strong>, Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Promoting Students’ Civic Engagement</h3>New research by plenary speaker Lindsay Till Hoyt has found that key elements of civic engagement tend to be positively related to mental well-being and student success. How are colleges and universities promoting and supporting civic engagement through both the curriculum and co-curricular programming? Following Hoyt’s plenary address, two pairs of senior leaders will discuss how their campuses encourage civic engagement.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Heather M. Black</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University<br><strong><em>Ryan Flynn</em></strong>, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Catharine E. O’Connell</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Jenna Templeton</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><h3>Recent and Anticipated Changes to Title IX</h3>Title IX requirements have undergone revisions in recent years, creating the need to adjust administrative practices at independent colleges and universities. What are the most important changes to guidelines and requirements that institutions need to be aware of in the current regulatory environment? What practices and campus policies are best suited to an equitable process? An experienced higher education attorney will provide timely and practical advice on Title IX compliance and risk management.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Susan Llewellyn Deniker</em></strong>, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC</blockquote> <br> <div></div><div><h3>Strategic Academic Review and Realignment: An Iterative Process</h3>What do students need now for a 21st- century education? And what programs will attract students to your institution? Changing student demographics, emerging enrollment trends, and increasing societal expectations for direct outcomes-based learning lead many campuses to engage in academic restructuring and innovative program realignment. What is the right way to pace and structure these important but charged changes? Three chief academic officers will present case studies of the processes their institutions used to prioritize and restructure programs, the obstacles they faced, the results they achieved, and the strategies they employed to maintain campus morale. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own campus situations and to seek advice about how to gain support for necessary changes.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ron Cole</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College<br><strong><em>Karlyn Crowley</em></strong>, Provost, Ohio Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Mary H. Van Brunt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gwynedd Mercy University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategies for Difficult Campus Conversations</h3>Important and sensitive communication among institutional constituencies about the need for greater racial and gender justice became even more challenging under pandemic campus protocols. How can campus leaders address the sense of an urgent need for action on issues of social justice while managing external relations and helping reduce the trauma students and employees feel after a difficult year? Campus leaders will describe how their institutions have approached difficult conversations and offer lessons learned during the pandemic year.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Yolanda Barbier Gibson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Cameron J. McCoy</em></strong>, Provost, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Ryan Sandefer</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica<br><strong><em>Linda Strong-Leek</em></strong>, Provost, Haverford College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Student Mental Health</h3>Mental health plays a critical role in student success, and supporting mental well-being is an important area of collaboration for academic and student affairs professionals. Stresses related to a pandemic, social unrest, and economic turmoil intensified student mental health issues; at the same time the shift to a primarily virtual student experience posed new challenges to the identification of need and delivery of services. What effective strategies have institutions employed to reach students, to monitor their mental health, and to offer help and support? And which of these interim strategies suggest opportunities to serve students effectively in the long run? Senior administrators will lead a discussion of lessons learned and strategies for the future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Deanne W. Hurley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Kathryn M. LaFontana</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Alexander Miller</em></strong>, Vice President of Student Development, Denison University</blockquote></div>
Plenary Session: Lindsay Till HoytPlenary Session: Lindsay Till Hoyt46Lindsay Till HoytPlenary Session;Spouses and Partners<h3>​Civic Engagement and Student Well-being</h3><p> <br>Mental health is fundamental to student achievement and academic success. Support for student mental health is important at the best of times, and especially so when recent events—a divisive presidential election, graphic depictions of police brutality, a global pandemic, and prolonged isolation—have traumatized affected populations, contributed to general anxiety, and negatively influenced student achievement. Intentional mental health support can help all students maintain their academic progress and personal development. New research by Lindsay Till Hoyt has found that volunteering, voting, and activism—key elements of civic engagement—tend to be positively related to mental well-being and student success, with some important nuances. A noted scholar and researcher who studies the social determinants of health, Hoyt will share recent findings and discuss how they can help campus leaders create thriving communities of learning that simultaneously support students’ mental well-being and prepare them for active and meaningful civic engagement.<br></p>
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Luncheon and Discussion Groups for Women AdministratorsLuncheon and Discussion Groups for Women Administrators83Women chief academic officers, student affairs officers, diversity officers, and other administrators are invited to join discussion groups on current issues led by colleagues who have been selected for their expertise.<br><br><h3>If Not Me, Then Who?</h3><strong><em>Susan M. Donovan</em></strong> has served as president of Bellarmine University in Kentucky since 2017. Previously, she served for 32 years at Loyola University Maryland including as dean of residence life, chief student development officer, executive vice president, and interim president. At Bellarmine, Donovan’s early initiatives included the launch of a strategic plan that focuses on student success, inclusion, and academic innovation and efforts to increase institutional transparency and strengthen shared governance. She serves on the boards of the Muhammad Ali Center, a nonprofit museum and cultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, and Impetus, a business-led coalition of Louisville leaders focused on improving education and public safety in the city, among other things. Donovan earned her PhD in higher education from St. Louis University, a master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University, and a BA in communications from Buena Vista University.<br><br><em>Fee: early rate $65 (by September 3); regular rate $80 (after September 3)</em><br><br><em>Note: This event requires pre-registration, as space is limited.</em>
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Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions9Concurrent Session<em>(Most concurrent sessions will take place on Sunday; others are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Additional sessions and speakers will be added to the CIC website as they are confirmed.)</em><br> <div> <br> </div><div><h3>Adapting Living-Learning Communities to Post-COVID-19 Realities</h3>For more than a decade, living-learning communities have been an effective and popular student success strategy, one that CIC colleges and universities highlight as an example of integrated learning on their campuses. How are CIC institutions revisiting this popular and successful practice post-pandemic? Two teams of academic and student life officers will discuss how their living-learning community programs are evolving and what innovations are being planned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jon Dooley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Elon University<br><strong><em>Marlin Nabors</em></strong>, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Beth M. Schwartz</em></strong>, Provost, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Aswani K. Volety</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Elon University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Athletics and Academics: Academic and Student Affairs as Team Sport</h3>Athletics are an important element of the student experience at many CIC institutions, and effective collaboration between academic and  student affairs professionals is key to student athletes’ academic success. Athletics departments have had to adapt in response to new public health requirements and dramatically different schedules for competition. How will these challenges shape ongoing collaboration between academic and student affairs departments? How can CAOs and CSAOs together help student athletes excel both in the classroom and on the playing field? Chief academic and student affairs officers of three CIC institutions will describe how campus colleagues have adapted and planned for future athletic and academic success.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jeffrey R. Breese</em></strong>, Provost, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Debora D’Anna</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Brevard College<br><strong><em>William (Rusty) Kennedy</em></strong>, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics, Midway University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Authentic Community: Creating Lives of Consequence, Inquiry, and Accomplishment</h3>Through more than 1,000 interviews with 25- to 65-year-old college graduates, social psychologist Richard Detweiler gathered powerful evidence that a liberal arts education experienced in “authentic community” leads to the most positive long-term outcomes. In <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (2021) he provides the data to back up many often-repeated claims about the impact of the liberal arts on adult lives of leadership, altruism, continued learning, cultural involvement, fulfillment, and success. In conversation with provost Lauren Bowen of Juniata College, and in response to questions from session participants, Detweiler will explore the implications of his research for<br>the work of academic, student affairs, and diversity officers.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Lauren Bowen</em></strong>, Provost, Juniata College<br><strong><em>Richard A. Detweiler</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Great Lakes College Association, and author of <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (forthcoming, 2021)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Building Processes to Support Underprepared Students’ Success</h3>Student success depends on supporting timely degree completion. This session will highlight a proven approach to increasing degree completion by strengthening readiness and retention at all stages of<br>a student’s undergraduate career. The CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC) has succeeded on dozens of participating campuses by increasing opportunities for students to stay on track with their academic programs or even to get ahead. Panelists will discuss how the CIC-OCSC has helped students on their campuses overcome challenges and move toward completion of their academic programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Cynthia K. Kosso</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Moravian College<br><strong><em>Jamila S. Lyn</em></strong>, Senior Fellow, Acadeum’s Center of Excellence, and Director of Specialized Programming, Benedict College<br><strong><em>Yolanda Williams Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><h3>“Calling” across the (Co-)Curriculum: Academic and Student Affairs Collaborate to Foster Vocational Exploration </h3>CIC institutions are finding new ways to help undergraduate students examine questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. One approach employs the venerable concept of “finding one’s calling” to encourage students to integrate academic study in professional and liberal arts disciplines with non- academic career preparation. In this panel, two pairs of administrative colleagues will describe how academic affairs and student affairs offices can collaborate to make vocational exploration and discernment a powerful aspect of student experience through programming for students and professional development for staff and faculty members.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Connie Carson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Furman University<br><strong><em>Michael (Mike) Hayes</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Development, Lee University<br><strong><em>Deborah Murray</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lee University<br><strong><em>Ken Peterson</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Career Readiness and Curricular Integration<br></h3>Given public skepticism of the value of college as career preparation, how can institutions ensure that students benefit from their distinctive educational missions while also gaining the skills and attitudes necessary for professional success? Two academic leaders from quite different institutions will share how they integrate career readiness training across a range of programs to ensure that students make a smooth transition into valuable work opportunities and successful career trajectories.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Sandra Dunbar-Smalley</em></strong>, Provost, AdventHealth University<br><strong><em>Nancy J. Evangelista</em></strong>, Provost, Muskingum University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Current Legal Issues in Higher Education</h3>It 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>, Managing Attorney, Novus Law Firm, Inc.<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Expanding Esports at Independent Colleges</h3>CIC’s report <cite>Esports and Independent Colleges</cite> (2020) found that five out of six CIC member institutions had recently established some forms of esports on campus. Many colleges and universities are finding that the rapid expansion of esports programs, meant to attract and engage students, can lead to internal growing pains in the context of a dynamic external environment. What are the strategic issues that college leaders should consider as they initiate and expand esports programs? Leaders from institutions that have developed successful initiatives will outline promising approaches and describe challenges they faced as they launched or developed esports programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Davida H. Haywood</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<br><strong><em>Karen D. Morgan</em></strong>, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<strong><br><em>Tiffany Sanchez</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Stevenson University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Free College Future?</h3>The “free college” movement has gained momentum over the past few years and President Biden is under pressure to act. The latest proposal is to provide all students with tuition benefits for community colleges in their home states. To date, several states have already implemented similar programs; several of these approaches were studied in CIC’s <cite>State “Free College” Programs: Implications for States and Independent Higher Education and Alternative Policy Approaches</cite> (2020). In this moderated conversation, CAOs from states that have already experimented with free college will share their experiences. They will discuss how state-level changes affected their institutions in order to help session participants anticipate the potential impact of a nationwide “free college” plan. Participants will share ideas about how an institution might thrive in a “free college” future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Nancy Berner</em></strong>, Senior Vice President and Provost, Sewanee: The University of the South<br><strong><em>Junius J. Gonzales</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology<br><strong><em>Gregor Thuswaldner</em></strong>, Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3> Innovative Strategies for First-Generation Student Success</h3>First-generation college students are encountering new challenges as campuses re-open after a year of remote learning, finding it more difficult to become accustomed to the routine of college life and acclimate to the anxieties of institutional culture. Senior administrators from institutions with innovative strategies to help students overcome these obstacles will share their approaches and lead a discussion of similarly successful efforts at other CIC member colleges and universities.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Keri Alioto</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Amy Badal</em></strong>, The Fritz Family Dean of Students, Bucknell University<br><strong><em>Karen Friedlen</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak</em></strong>, Provost, Bucknell University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Leveraging Consortial Collaboration: The Perspective of Association Leaders</h3>With accelerating change across higher education, inter-institutional collaboration is more important than ever. In this session, leaders of consortial organizations will explore the implications of a variety of models and initiatives for chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers. They will highlight strategies for building a culture of collaboration both across—and within— institutions. Participants will develop and share ways they can further leverage the various consortia to which their institutions belong to increase the institutional benefits of inter-institutional collaboration.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jeffrey E. Arnold</em></strong>, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Stephanie L. Fabritius</em></strong>, President, Associated Colleges of the South<br><strong><em>Michael E. Hodge</em></strong>, Interim Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium<br><strong><em>Michael A. (Mickey) McDonald</em></strong>, President, Great Lakes Colleges Association<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Maximizing Student Achievement and Retention</h3>Initiatives to enhance student academic achievement and personal development are important points of collaboration between academic and student affairs divisions. What strategies effectively maximize the persistence to graduation, academic success, and personal growth of students? Through intentional cooperation and innovative student support models, campuses can implement a comprehensive program to promote student success. Academic and student development officers from two institutions will share approaches that have boosted both student achievement and retention on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Katherine Clay Bassard</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Michael W. Markowitz</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Sherry L. Turner</em></strong>, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Abigail T. Wernicki</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Meghan Harte Weyant</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Rhodes College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Open Mic for Chief Academic, Student Affairs, and Diversity Officers</h3> <em>(Open only to currently-serving CAOs, CSAOs, and CDOs.)</em><br>Participants will have the opportunity to seek practical advice from colleagues on pressing issues and to share information about emerging trends and practices in independent higher education.<br> <blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>J. Andrew Prall</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University, and Chair, CIC CAO-CSAO Task Force<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Promoting Anti-Racism on Campus</h3>In light of goals for greater educational equity and social justice for students of color, campuses have stepped up efforts to incorporate anti-racism into their curricular and co-curricular offerings. Effective strategies are emerging: Some institutions have developed new organizational structures and created new initiatives to attain greater equity in learning outcomes and a more inclusive environment for students and employees. Leadership teams from two innovative institutions will describe their approaches to promoting anti-racism on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jennifer Bonds-Raacke</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Norbert College<br><strong><em>Leanna Fenneberg</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>DonnaJean Fredeen</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>John W. Miller Jr.</em></strong>, Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Promoting Students’ Civic Engagement</h3>New research by plenary speaker Lindsay Till Hoyt has found that key elements of civic engagement tend to be positively related to mental well-being and student success. How are colleges and universities promoting and supporting civic engagement through both the curriculum and co-curricular programming? Following Hoyt’s plenary address, two pairs of senior leaders will discuss how their campuses encourage civic engagement.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Heather M. Black</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University<br><strong><em>Ryan Flynn</em></strong>, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Catharine E. O’Connell</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Jenna Templeton</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><h3>Recent and Anticipated Changes to Title IX</h3>Title IX requirements have undergone revisions in recent years, creating the need to adjust administrative practices at independent colleges and universities. What are the most important changes to guidelines and requirements that institutions need to be aware of in the current regulatory environment? What practices and campus policies are best suited to an equitable process? An experienced higher education attorney will provide timely and practical advice on Title IX compliance and risk management.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Susan Llewellyn Deniker</em></strong>, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC</blockquote> <br> <div></div><div><h3>Strategic Academic Review and Realignment: An Iterative Process</h3>What do students need now for a 21st- century education? And what programs will attract students to your institution? Changing student demographics, emerging enrollment trends, and increasing societal expectations for direct outcomes-based learning lead many campuses to engage in academic restructuring and innovative program realignment. What is the right way to pace and structure these important but charged changes? Three chief academic officers will present case studies of the processes their institutions used to prioritize and restructure programs, the obstacles they faced, the results they achieved, and the strategies they employed to maintain campus morale. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own campus situations and to seek advice about how to gain support for necessary changes.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ron Cole</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College<br><strong><em>Karlyn Crowley</em></strong>, Provost, Ohio Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Mary H. Van Brunt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gwynedd Mercy University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategies for Difficult Campus Conversations</h3>Important and sensitive communication among institutional constituencies about the need for greater racial and gender justice became even more challenging under pandemic campus protocols. How can campus leaders address the sense of an urgent need for action on issues of social justice while managing external relations and helping reduce the trauma students and employees feel after a difficult year? Campus leaders will describe how their institutions have approached difficult conversations and offer lessons learned during the pandemic year.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Yolanda Barbier Gibson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Cameron J. McCoy</em></strong>, Provost, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Ryan Sandefer</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica<br><strong><em>Linda Strong-Leek</em></strong>, Provost, Haverford College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Student Mental Health</h3>Mental health plays a critical role in student success, and supporting mental well-being is an important area of collaboration for academic and student affairs professionals. Stresses related to a pandemic, social unrest, and economic turmoil intensified student mental health issues; at the same time the shift to a primarily virtual student experience posed new challenges to the identification of need and delivery of services. What effective strategies have institutions employed to reach students, to monitor their mental health, and to offer help and support? And which of these interim strategies suggest opportunities to serve students effectively in the long run? Senior administrators will lead a discussion of lessons learned and strategies for the future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Deanne W. Hurley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Kathryn M. LaFontana</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Alexander Miller</em></strong>, Vice President of Student Development, Denison University</blockquote></div>
Plenary Session: Jillian KinziePlenary Session: Jillian Kinzie11Jillian KinziePlenary Session;Spouses and Partners<h3>​Promoting Equity and Quality in Student Engagement and Success</h3><p><br>The twin goals of quality and equity are the foundation for excellence in undergraduate education and must be addressed directly to help all students thrive in college, complete their degrees, and attain fulfilling careers. The best education that colleges can design is one in which more students are engaged at high levels in practices that matter for their development and learning, including collaborative learning, effective advising, engagement across difference, and high-impact practices (HIPs). It is also one in which students have a healthy sense of belonging and feel supported in their educational journeys. Yet, evidence shows that inequities exist in these dimensions, particularly for traditionally underserved students. What should colleges and universities focus on to achieve student success for all?<br><br>Jillian Kinzie, associate director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and National Survey of Student Engagement, will draw on foundational results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), as well as new evidence about advising, sense of belonging, and career and workplace preparation, to explore the importance of HIPs for racial identity groups and to encourage data-informed strategies and greater connection between data and action. She will discuss the effective use of student engagement data to design experiences in and out of the classroom for increased equity and to improve educational quality for all students.<br></p>
WorkshopsWorkshops15Workshop<em>​These workshops are free of charge but require pre-registration as space is limited. To add an event to an existing Institute<br>registration, please contact Tabitha Truscott, CIC conference and program manager, at <a href="mailto:ttruscott@cic.nche.edu">ttruscott@cic.nche.edu</a>.</em><br><br> <h3 class="ms-rteElement-H3B">Monday, November 8, 2:00–5:00 p.m.</h3> <br> <h4>Dispute Resolution for Administrators</h4>Led by an experienced higher education attorney who has also served as an independent 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 campus leaders, including those related to pandemic, personnel, and human resources issues.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Kathleen A. Rinehart</em></strong>, Principal, Conflict Consultants Network LLC<br></blockquote> <br> <h4>How to Design a Campus Diversity Education Plan </h4>Independent college and university leaders increasingly want to offer diversity and equity training programs for students and employees as part of their mission to promote a healthy, vibrant learning environment. Institutions strive to promote anti-racist and inclusive thinking while remaining sensitive to the distress that can be generated by focusing attention on traumatic internal or external events. This session will encourage teams of institutional colleagues to develop concrete and practical implementation plans for training campus constituencies on a range of topics under the umbrella of diversity education. <br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Donnesha A. Blake</em></strong>, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Alma College<br><strong><em>Danyelle Gregory</em></strong>, Director of Diversity, Access, and Inclusion, Muskingum University<br></blockquote> <br> <h4>Leveraging Technology for Student Success</h4>Technology is now fundamental to how we learn, connect, communicate, and create. This became even more apparent at CIC institutions when, for many, the pandemic accelerated the move to hybrid and online learning environments. Providing equitable access to essential tools and resources is critical to the success of all students. How can institutions design and implement campus technology projects that center on student success? How can technology support diverse learning styles? What is the place for campus technology tools in the student experience outside the classroom? Two institutions that have recently worked with Apple’s education division to explore these and other questions will share their experience designing and implementing campus technology projects to create meaningful and equitable student outcomes.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Paul D’Ascoli</em></strong>, Market Segment Executive, Higher Education, Apple Inc.<br><strong><em>Dominic N. Lacy</em></strong>, Chief Operating Officer, Gallaudet University<br><strong><em>Jeffrey W. Lewis</em></strong>, Interim Provost, Gallaudet University<br><strong><em>Eileen Lynd-Balta</em></strong>, Associate Provost, St. John Fisher College<br><strong><em>Kevin Railey</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. John Fisher College<br></blockquote> <br> <h4>The Future of Work in Higher Education </h4>Organizations of all kinds responded quickly to the health and risk management needs of the pandemic workplace. By adopting new job schedules, workplace conditions, and modes of work, colleges and universities demonstrated that they have the flexibility to design the higher education jobs and workplaces of the future. This workshop will outline research undertaken by TIAA that provides the impetus for thinking about distributed and decentralized work arrangements for faculty and staff members. Two academic leaders of CIC institutions will share the ways their campuses have adapted to remote work expectations while maintaining vibrant learning communities. Participants will have the opportunity to develop action plans to adapt their campus workplace to post-pandemic higher education realities.<br> <blockquote><strong><em>Jocelyn B. Caldwell</em></strong>, Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Strategies, TIAA<br><strong><em>Vanya Quiñones</em></strong>, Provost, Pace University<br><strong><em>Marci Sortor</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, St. Olaf College<br><strong><em>Anup Vidwans</em></strong>, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Relationships, TIAA</blockquote>
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Closing Plenary PanelClosing Plenary Panel22Eva Chatterjee-Sutton; Leanne Neilson; Monica Smith; Kevin KrugerPlenary Session;Spouses and Partners<h3>​Collaborating to Build the Future Campus</h3> <br>Significant pressure creates significant opportunity. Independent colleges and universities made major adjustments at a rapid pace under the pressures of 2020—including large-scale changes to course delivery and student services in response to the global health pandemic and urgent calls for racial justice. The last year and a half has shown that higher education is capable of shifting more rapidly than many thought possible to meet the evolving needs of students and the nation. Some recent changes will be embraced permanently, some will be deemed no longer necessary, and others will influence institutional strategy across divisions for the foreseeable future. What decisions do campuses face today that will most significantly shape their futures? Distinguished panelists—senior campus leaders with experience working collaboratively to drive strategic change—will share ways that institutional leadership teams can collaborate to build a future focused on both student and institutional success.<br><blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>Kevin Kruger</em></strong>, President, NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education<br>Chair: <strong> <em>Marjorie Hass</em></strong>, President-elect, CIC</blockquote>
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Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions73Concurrent Session<em>(Most concurrent sessions will take place on Sunday; others are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Additional sessions and speakers will be added to the CIC website as they are confirmed.)</em><br> <div> <br> </div><div><h3>Adapting Living-Learning Communities to Post-COVID-19 Realities</h3>For more than a decade, living-learning communities have been an effective and popular student success strategy, one that CIC colleges and universities highlight as an example of integrated learning on their campuses. How are CIC institutions revisiting this popular and successful practice post-pandemic? Two teams of academic and student life officers will discuss how their living-learning community programs are evolving and what innovations are being planned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jon Dooley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Elon University<br><strong><em>Marlin Nabors</em></strong>, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Beth M. Schwartz</em></strong>, Provost, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Aswani K. Volety</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Elon University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Athletics and Academics: Academic and Student Affairs as Team Sport</h3>Athletics are an important element of the student experience at many CIC institutions, and effective collaboration between academic and  student affairs professionals is key to student athletes’ academic success. Athletics departments have had to adapt in response to new public health requirements and dramatically different schedules for competition. How will these challenges shape ongoing collaboration between academic and student affairs departments? How can CAOs and CSAOs together help student athletes excel both in the classroom and on the playing field? Chief academic and student affairs officers of three CIC institutions will describe how campus colleagues have adapted and planned for future athletic and academic success.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jeffrey R. Breese</em></strong>, Provost, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Debora D’Anna</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Brevard College<br><strong><em>William (Rusty) Kennedy</em></strong>, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics, Midway University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Authentic Community: Creating Lives of Consequence, Inquiry, and Accomplishment</h3>Through more than 1,000 interviews with 25- to 65-year-old college graduates, social psychologist Richard Detweiler gathered powerful evidence that a liberal arts education experienced in “authentic community” leads to the most positive long-term outcomes. In <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (2021) he provides the data to back up many often-repeated claims about the impact of the liberal arts on adult lives of leadership, altruism, continued learning, cultural involvement, fulfillment, and success. In conversation with provost Lauren Bowen of Juniata College, and in response to questions from session participants, Detweiler will explore the implications of his research for<br>the work of academic, student affairs, and diversity officers.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Lauren Bowen</em></strong>, Provost, Juniata College<br><strong><em>Richard A. Detweiler</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Great Lakes College Association, and author of <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (forthcoming, 2021)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Building Processes to Support Underprepared Students’ Success</h3>Student success depends on supporting timely degree completion. This session will highlight a proven approach to increasing degree completion by strengthening readiness and retention at all stages of<br>a student’s undergraduate career. The CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC) has succeeded on dozens of participating campuses by increasing opportunities for students to stay on track with their academic programs or even to get ahead. Panelists will discuss how the CIC-OCSC has helped students on their campuses overcome challenges and move toward completion of their academic programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Cynthia K. Kosso</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Moravian College<br><strong><em>Jamila S. Lyn</em></strong>, Senior Fellow, Acadeum’s Center of Excellence, and Director of Specialized Programming, Benedict College<br><strong><em>Yolanda Williams Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><h3>“Calling” across the (Co-)Curriculum: Academic and Student Affairs Collaborate to Foster Vocational Exploration </h3>CIC institutions are finding new ways to help undergraduate students examine questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. One approach employs the venerable concept of “finding one’s calling” to encourage students to integrate academic study in professional and liberal arts disciplines with non- academic career preparation. In this panel, two pairs of administrative colleagues will describe how academic affairs and student affairs offices can collaborate to make vocational exploration and discernment a powerful aspect of student experience through programming for students and professional development for staff and faculty members.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Connie Carson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Furman University<br><strong><em>Michael (Mike) Hayes</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Development, Lee University<br><strong><em>Deborah Murray</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lee University<br><strong><em>Ken Peterson</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Career Readiness and Curricular Integration<br></h3>Given public skepticism of the value of college as career preparation, how can institutions ensure that students benefit from their distinctive educational missions while also gaining the skills and attitudes necessary for professional success? Two academic leaders from quite different institutions will share how they integrate career readiness training across a range of programs to ensure that students make a smooth transition into valuable work opportunities and successful career trajectories.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Sandra Dunbar-Smalley</em></strong>, Provost, AdventHealth University<br><strong><em>Nancy J. Evangelista</em></strong>, Provost, Muskingum University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Current Legal Issues in Higher Education</h3>It 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>, Managing Attorney, Novus Law Firm, Inc.<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Expanding Esports at Independent Colleges</h3>CIC’s report <cite>Esports and Independent Colleges</cite> (2020) found that five out of six CIC member institutions had recently established some forms of esports on campus. Many colleges and universities are finding that the rapid expansion of esports programs, meant to attract and engage students, can lead to internal growing pains in the context of a dynamic external environment. What are the strategic issues that college leaders should consider as they initiate and expand esports programs? Leaders from institutions that have developed successful initiatives will outline promising approaches and describe challenges they faced as they launched or developed esports programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Davida H. Haywood</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<br><strong><em>Karen D. Morgan</em></strong>, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<strong><br><em>Tiffany Sanchez</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Stevenson University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Free College Future?</h3>The “free college” movement has gained momentum over the past few years and President Biden is under pressure to act. The latest proposal is to provide all students with tuition benefits for community colleges in their home states. To date, several states have already implemented similar programs; several of these approaches were studied in CIC’s <cite>State “Free College” Programs: Implications for States and Independent Higher Education and Alternative Policy Approaches</cite> (2020). In this moderated conversation, CAOs from states that have already experimented with free college will share their experiences. They will discuss how state-level changes affected their institutions in order to help session participants anticipate the potential impact of a nationwide “free college” plan. Participants will share ideas about how an institution might thrive in a “free college” future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Nancy Berner</em></strong>, Senior Vice President and Provost, Sewanee: The University of the South<br><strong><em>Junius J. Gonzales</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology<br><strong><em>Gregor Thuswaldner</em></strong>, Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3> Innovative Strategies for First-Generation Student Success</h3>First-generation college students are encountering new challenges as campuses re-open after a year of remote learning, finding it more difficult to become accustomed to the routine of college life and acclimate to the anxieties of institutional culture. Senior administrators from institutions with innovative strategies to help students overcome these obstacles will share their approaches and lead a discussion of similarly successful efforts at other CIC member colleges and universities.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Keri Alioto</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Amy Badal</em></strong>, The Fritz Family Dean of Students, Bucknell University<br><strong><em>Karen Friedlen</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak</em></strong>, Provost, Bucknell University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Leveraging Consortial Collaboration: The Perspective of Association Leaders</h3>With accelerating change across higher education, inter-institutional collaboration is more important than ever. In this session, leaders of consortial organizations will explore the implications of a variety of models and initiatives for chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers. They will highlight strategies for building a culture of collaboration both across—and within— institutions. Participants will develop and share ways they can further leverage the various consortia to which their institutions belong to increase the institutional benefits of inter-institutional collaboration.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jeffrey E. Arnold</em></strong>, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Stephanie L. Fabritius</em></strong>, President, Associated Colleges of the South<br><strong><em>Michael E. Hodge</em></strong>, Interim Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium<br><strong><em>Michael A. (Mickey) McDonald</em></strong>, President, Great Lakes Colleges Association<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Maximizing Student Achievement and Retention</h3>Initiatives to enhance student academic achievement and personal development are important points of collaboration between academic and student affairs divisions. What strategies effectively maximize the persistence to graduation, academic success, and personal growth of students? Through intentional cooperation and innovative student support models, campuses can implement a comprehensive program to promote student success. Academic and student development officers from two institutions will share approaches that have boosted both student achievement and retention on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Katherine Clay Bassard</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Michael W. Markowitz</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Sherry L. Turner</em></strong>, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Abigail T. Wernicki</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Meghan Harte Weyant</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Rhodes College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Open Mic for Chief Academic, Student Affairs, and Diversity Officers</h3> <em>(Open only to currently-serving CAOs, CSAOs, and CDOs.)</em><br>Participants will have the opportunity to seek practical advice from colleagues on pressing issues and to share information about emerging trends and practices in independent higher education.<br> <blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>J. Andrew Prall</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University, and Chair, CIC CAO-CSAO Task Force<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Promoting Anti-Racism on Campus</h3>In light of goals for greater educational equity and social justice for students of color, campuses have stepped up efforts to incorporate anti-racism into their curricular and co-curricular offerings. Effective strategies are emerging: Some institutions have developed new organizational structures and created new initiatives to attain greater equity in learning outcomes and a more inclusive environment for students and employees. Leadership teams from two innovative institutions will describe their approaches to promoting anti-racism on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jennifer Bonds-Raacke</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Norbert College<br><strong><em>Leanna Fenneberg</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>DonnaJean Fredeen</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>John W. Miller Jr.</em></strong>, Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Promoting Students’ Civic Engagement</h3>New research by plenary speaker Lindsay Till Hoyt has found that key elements of civic engagement tend to be positively related to mental well-being and student success. How are colleges and universities promoting and supporting civic engagement through both the curriculum and co-curricular programming? Following Hoyt’s plenary address, two pairs of senior leaders will discuss how their campuses encourage civic engagement.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Heather M. Black</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University<br><strong><em>Ryan Flynn</em></strong>, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Catharine E. O’Connell</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Jenna Templeton</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><h3>Recent and Anticipated Changes to Title IX</h3>Title IX requirements have undergone revisions in recent years, creating the need to adjust administrative practices at independent colleges and universities. What are the most important changes to guidelines and requirements that institutions need to be aware of in the current regulatory environment? What practices and campus policies are best suited to an equitable process? An experienced higher education attorney will provide timely and practical advice on Title IX compliance and risk management.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Susan Llewellyn Deniker</em></strong>, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC</blockquote> <br> <div></div><div><h3>Strategic Academic Review and Realignment: An Iterative Process</h3>What do students need now for a 21st- century education? And what programs will attract students to your institution? Changing student demographics, emerging enrollment trends, and increasing societal expectations for direct outcomes-based learning lead many campuses to engage in academic restructuring and innovative program realignment. What is the right way to pace and structure these important but charged changes? Three chief academic officers will present case studies of the processes their institutions used to prioritize and restructure programs, the obstacles they faced, the results they achieved, and the strategies they employed to maintain campus morale. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own campus situations and to seek advice about how to gain support for necessary changes.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ron Cole</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College<br><strong><em>Karlyn Crowley</em></strong>, Provost, Ohio Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Mary H. Van Brunt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gwynedd Mercy University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategies for Difficult Campus Conversations</h3>Important and sensitive communication among institutional constituencies about the need for greater racial and gender justice became even more challenging under pandemic campus protocols. How can campus leaders address the sense of an urgent need for action on issues of social justice while managing external relations and helping reduce the trauma students and employees feel after a difficult year? Campus leaders will describe how their institutions have approached difficult conversations and offer lessons learned during the pandemic year.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Yolanda Barbier Gibson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Cameron J. McCoy</em></strong>, Provost, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Ryan Sandefer</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica<br><strong><em>Linda Strong-Leek</em></strong>, Provost, Haverford College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Student Mental Health</h3>Mental health plays a critical role in student success, and supporting mental well-being is an important area of collaboration for academic and student affairs professionals. Stresses related to a pandemic, social unrest, and economic turmoil intensified student mental health issues; at the same time the shift to a primarily virtual student experience posed new challenges to the identification of need and delivery of services. What effective strategies have institutions employed to reach students, to monitor their mental health, and to offer help and support? And which of these interim strategies suggest opportunities to serve students effectively in the long run? Senior administrators will lead a discussion of lessons learned and strategies for the future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Deanne W. Hurley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Kathryn M. LaFontana</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Alexander Miller</em></strong>, Vice President of Student Development, Denison University</blockquote></div>
Welcome and Keynote: Dan-el Padilla PeraltaWelcome and Keynote: Dan-el Padilla Peralta2Dan-el Padilla PeraltaPlenary Session;Spouses and Partners<h3>​Revitalizing the Humanities for Social Justice and Civic Engagement</h3><p> <br>Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s trajectory from childhood as an undocumented immigrant in New York City to a professorship in classics at a major research university demonstrates the dynamic power of a liberal arts education. A much-published professor of classics, his views on how to revitalize the humanities have sparked both academic and popular discussion and spurred debate about how classic texts and humanistic learning can best engage the full range of today’s students, preparing them for lives and careers in the years to come. He argues that to reverse a decades-long decline in enrollments, programs in the humanities should focus on pressing problems such as xenophobia and racism and on promoting social justice and civic engagement. This keynote address, offered in the spirit of critical reform that is itself an essential legacy of the liberal arts, will take a deep dive into one core humanistic field—classics—to offer insights of interest to all academic, student life, and diversity officers who work to keep these foundational disciplines strong and vital on their campuses.</p>
All-Institute ReceptionAll-Institute Reception47Spouses and Partners<p>After an afternoon of workshops and sessions, it will be time to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. All Institute participants—including spouses, sponsors, and guests— are invited to gather for drinks, refreshments, and conversation.<br></p>
Breakfast and Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast and Roundtable Discussions10Discussion sessions on Sunday and Monday mornings will provide opportunities to gain practical advice from colleagues.<br><br>Monday’s sessions will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and student success. Potential topics:<br> <ul><li>Advising Partnerships for Student Success</li><li>Assessing Campus Climate</li><li>Defining the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Role</li><li>Developing an LGBTQ-Friendly Campus</li><li>How CIC Colleges and Universities Are Changing to Eradicate Systemic Racism on Campus</li><li>Identifying and Developing Faculty Leaders for Equity</li><li>Innovative Student Leadership Programs</li><li>New Approaches to Student Orientation Programs</li><li>Serving Noncitizen Students</li><li>Setting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals</li><li>Student Activism on Campus</li></ul> Discussion facilitators will be experienced colleagues with insights to offer on each topic. Please suggest additional topics or nominate a discussion leader, or volunteer to serve as one, by contacting Jonnie G. Guerra, CIC senior advisor, at <a href="mailto:jguerra@cic.nche.edu">jguerra@cic.nche.edu</a>.
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions18Concurrent Session<em>(Most concurrent sessions will take place on Sunday; others are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Additional sessions and speakers will be added to the CIC website as they are confirmed.)</em><br> <div> <br> </div><div><h3>Adapting Living-Learning Communities to Post-COVID-19 Realities</h3>For more than a decade, living-learning communities have been an effective and popular student success strategy, one that CIC colleges and universities highlight as an example of integrated learning on their campuses. How are CIC institutions revisiting this popular and successful practice post-pandemic? Two teams of academic and student life officers will discuss how their living-learning community programs are evolving and what innovations are being planned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jon Dooley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Elon University<br><strong><em>Marlin Nabors</em></strong>, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Beth M. Schwartz</em></strong>, Provost, Endicott College<br><strong><em>Aswani K. Volety</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Elon University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Athletics and Academics: Academic and Student Affairs as Team Sport</h3>Athletics are an important element of the student experience at many CIC institutions, and effective collaboration between academic and  student affairs professionals is key to student athletes’ academic success. Athletics departments have had to adapt in response to new public health requirements and dramatically different schedules for competition. How will these challenges shape ongoing collaboration between academic and student affairs departments? How can CAOs and CSAOs together help student athletes excel both in the classroom and on the playing field? Chief academic and student affairs officers of three CIC institutions will describe how campus colleagues have adapted and planned for future athletic and academic success.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jeffrey R. Breese</em></strong>, Provost, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Debora D’Anna</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Brevard College<br><strong><em>William (Rusty) Kennedy</em></strong>, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics, Midway University<br></blockquote>  <h3>Authentic Community: Creating Lives of Consequence, Inquiry, and Accomplishment</h3>Through more than 1,000 interviews with 25- to 65-year-old college graduates, social psychologist Richard Detweiler gathered powerful evidence that a liberal arts education experienced in “authentic community” leads to the most positive long-term outcomes. In <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (2021) he provides the data to back up many often-repeated claims about the impact of the liberal arts on adult lives of leadership, altruism, continued learning, cultural involvement, fulfillment, and success. In conversation with provost Lauren Bowen of Juniata College, and in response to questions from session participants, Detweiler will explore the implications of his research for<br>the work of academic, student affairs, and diversity officers.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Lauren Bowen</em></strong>, Provost, Juniata College<br><strong><em>Richard A. Detweiler</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Great Lakes College Association, and author of <cite>The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs</cite> (forthcoming, 2021)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Building Processes to Support Underprepared Students’ Success</h3>Student success depends on supporting timely degree completion. This session will highlight a proven approach to increasing degree completion by strengthening readiness and retention at all stages of<br>a student’s undergraduate career. The CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC) has succeeded on dozens of participating campuses by increasing opportunities for students to stay on track with their academic programs or even to get ahead. Panelists will discuss how the CIC-OCSC has helped students on their campuses overcome challenges and move toward completion of their academic programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Cynthia K. Kosso</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Moravian College<br><strong><em>Jamila S. Lyn</em></strong>, Senior Fellow, Acadeum’s Center of Excellence, and Director of Specialized Programming, Benedict College<br><strong><em>Yolanda Williams Page</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><h3>“Calling” across the (Co-)Curriculum: Academic and Student Affairs Collaborate to Foster Vocational Exploration </h3>CIC institutions are finding new ways to help undergraduate students examine questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. One approach employs the venerable concept of “finding one’s calling” to encourage students to integrate academic study in professional and liberal arts disciplines with non- academic career preparation. In this panel, two pairs of administrative colleagues will describe how academic affairs and student affairs offices can collaborate to make vocational exploration and discernment a powerful aspect of student experience through programming for students and professional development for staff and faculty members.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Connie Carson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Furman University<br><strong><em>Michael (Mike) Hayes</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Development, Lee University<br><strong><em>Deborah Murray</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lee University<br><strong><em>Ken Peterson</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Career Readiness and Curricular Integration<br></h3>Given public skepticism of the value of college as career preparation, how can institutions ensure that students benefit from their distinctive educational missions while also gaining the skills and attitudes necessary for professional success? Two academic leaders from quite different institutions will share how they integrate career readiness training across a range of programs to ensure that students make a smooth transition into valuable work opportunities and successful career trajectories.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Sandra Dunbar-Smalley</em></strong>, Provost, AdventHealth University<br><strong><em>Nancy J. Evangelista</em></strong>, Provost, Muskingum University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Current Legal Issues in Higher Education</h3>It 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>, Managing Attorney, Novus Law Firm, Inc.<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Expanding Esports at Independent Colleges</h3>CIC’s report <cite>Esports and Independent Colleges</cite> (2020) found that five out of six CIC member institutions had recently established some forms of esports on campus. Many colleges and universities are finding that the rapid expansion of esports programs, meant to attract and engage students, can lead to internal growing pains in the context of a dynamic external environment. What are the strategic issues that college leaders should consider as they initiate and expand esports programs? Leaders from institutions that have developed successful initiatives will outline promising approaches and describe challenges they faced as they launched or developed esports programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Davida H. Haywood</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<br><strong><em>Karen D. Morgan</em></strong>, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University<strong><br><em>Tiffany Sanchez</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Stevenson University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Free College Future?</h3>The “free college” movement has gained momentum over the past few years and President Biden is under pressure to act. The latest proposal is to provide all students with tuition benefits for community colleges in their home states. To date, several states have already implemented similar programs; several of these approaches were studied in CIC’s <cite>State “Free College” Programs: Implications for States and Independent Higher Education and Alternative Policy Approaches</cite> (2020). In this moderated conversation, CAOs from states that have already experimented with free college will share their experiences. They will discuss how state-level changes affected their institutions in order to help session participants anticipate the potential impact of a nationwide “free college” plan. Participants will share ideas about how an institution might thrive in a “free college” future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Nancy Berner</em></strong>, Senior Vice President and Provost, Sewanee: The University of the South<br><strong><em>Junius J. Gonzales</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology<br><strong><em>Gregor Thuswaldner</em></strong>, Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3> Innovative Strategies for First-Generation Student Success</h3>First-generation college students are encountering new challenges as campuses re-open after a year of remote learning, finding it more difficult to become accustomed to the routine of college life and acclimate to the anxieties of institutional culture. Senior administrators from institutions with innovative strategies to help students overcome these obstacles will share their approaches and lead a discussion of similarly successful efforts at other CIC member colleges and universities.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Keri Alioto</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Amy Badal</em></strong>, The Fritz Family Dean of Students, Bucknell University<br><strong><em>Karen Friedlen</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mount Mary University (WI)<br><strong><em>Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak</em></strong>, Provost, Bucknell University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Leveraging Consortial Collaboration: The Perspective of Association Leaders</h3>With accelerating change across higher education, inter-institutional collaboration is more important than ever. In this session, leaders of consortial organizations will explore the implications of a variety of models and initiatives for chief academic, student affairs, and diversity officers. They will highlight strategies for building a culture of collaboration both across—and within— institutions. Participants will develop and share ways they can further leverage the various consortia to which their institutions belong to increase the institutional benefits of inter-institutional collaboration.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Jeffrey E. Arnold</em></strong>, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Stephanie L. Fabritius</em></strong>, President, Associated Colleges of the South<br><strong><em>Michael E. Hodge</em></strong>, Interim Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium<br><strong><em>Michael A. (Mickey) McDonald</em></strong>, President, Great Lakes Colleges Association<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Maximizing Student Achievement and Retention</h3>Initiatives to enhance student academic achievement and personal development are important points of collaboration between academic and student affairs divisions. What strategies effectively maximize the persistence to graduation, academic success, and personal growth of students? Through intentional cooperation and innovative student support models, campuses can implement a comprehensive program to promote student success. Academic and student development officers from two institutions will share approaches that have boosted both student achievement and retention on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Katherine Clay Bassard</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Michael W. Markowitz</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Sherry L. Turner</em></strong>, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Abigail T. Wernicki</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Holy Family University<br><strong><em>Meghan Harte Weyant</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Rhodes College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Open Mic for Chief Academic, Student Affairs, and Diversity Officers</h3> <em>(Open only to currently-serving CAOs, CSAOs, and CDOs.)</em><br>Participants will have the opportunity to seek practical advice from colleagues on pressing issues and to share information about emerging trends and practices in independent higher education.<br> <blockquote>Moderator: <strong><em>J. Andrew Prall</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University, and Chair, CIC CAO-CSAO Task Force<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Promoting Anti-Racism on Campus</h3>In light of goals for greater educational equity and social justice for students of color, campuses have stepped up efforts to incorporate anti-racism into their curricular and co-curricular offerings. Effective strategies are emerging: Some institutions have developed new organizational structures and created new initiatives to attain greater equity in learning outcomes and a more inclusive environment for students and employees. Leadership teams from two innovative institutions will describe their approaches to promoting anti-racism on their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jennifer Bonds-Raacke</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Norbert College<br><strong><em>Leanna Fenneberg</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>DonnaJean Fredeen</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rider University<br><strong><em>John W. Miller Jr.</em></strong>, Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Promoting Students’ Civic Engagement</h3>New research by plenary speaker Lindsay Till Hoyt has found that key elements of civic engagement tend to be positively related to mental well-being and student success. How are colleges and universities promoting and supporting civic engagement through both the curriculum and co-curricular programming? Following Hoyt’s plenary address, two pairs of senior leaders will discuss how their campuses encourage civic engagement.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Heather M. Black</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University<br><strong><em>Ryan Flynn</em></strong>, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Catharine E. O’Connell</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College<br><strong><em>Jenna Templeton</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University<br></blockquote> <br> </div><h3>Recent and Anticipated Changes to Title IX</h3>Title IX requirements have undergone revisions in recent years, creating the need to adjust administrative practices at independent colleges and universities. What are the most important changes to guidelines and requirements that institutions need to be aware of in the current regulatory environment? What practices and campus policies are best suited to an equitable process? An experienced higher education attorney will provide timely and practical advice on Title IX compliance and risk management.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Susan Llewellyn Deniker</em></strong>, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC</blockquote> <br> <div></div><div><h3>Strategic Academic Review and Realignment: An Iterative Process</h3>What do students need now for a 21st- century education? And what programs will attract students to your institution? Changing student demographics, emerging enrollment trends, and increasing societal expectations for direct outcomes-based learning lead many campuses to engage in academic restructuring and innovative program realignment. What is the right way to pace and structure these important but charged changes? Three chief academic officers will present case studies of the processes their institutions used to prioritize and restructure programs, the obstacles they faced, the results they achieved, and the strategies they employed to maintain campus morale. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own campus situations and to seek advice about how to gain support for necessary changes.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ron Cole</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College<br><strong><em>Karlyn Crowley</em></strong>, Provost, Ohio Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Mary H. Van Brunt</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gwynedd Mercy University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategies for Difficult Campus Conversations</h3>Important and sensitive communication among institutional constituencies about the need for greater racial and gender justice became even more challenging under pandemic campus protocols. How can campus leaders address the sense of an urgent need for action on issues of social justice while managing external relations and helping reduce the trauma students and employees feel after a difficult year? Campus leaders will describe how their institutions have approached difficult conversations and offer lessons learned during the pandemic year.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Yolanda Barbier Gibson</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Cameron J. McCoy</em></strong>, Provost, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Ryan Sandefer</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica<br><strong><em>Linda Strong-Leek</em></strong>, Provost, Haverford College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Student Mental Health</h3>Mental health plays a critical role in student success, and supporting mental well-being is an important area of collaboration for academic and student affairs professionals. Stresses related to a pandemic, social unrest, and economic turmoil intensified student mental health issues; at the same time the shift to a primarily virtual student experience posed new challenges to the identification of need and delivery of services. What effective strategies have institutions employed to reach students, to monitor their mental health, and to offer help and support? And which of these interim strategies suggest opportunities to serve students effectively in the long run? Senior administrators will lead a discussion of lessons learned and strategies for the future.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Deanne W. Hurley</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Kathryn M. LaFontana</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Alexander Miller</em></strong>, Vice President of Student Development, Denison University</blockquote></div>
Breakfast and Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast and Roundtable Discussions82<p>Discussion sessions on Sunday and Monday mornings will provide opportunities to gain practical advice from colleagues.<br><br>Sunday’s sessions will focus on resilience and recovery. Potential topics:<br></p><ul><li>Best Practices for Faculty Handbook Revision</li><li>Emerging from the Pandemic Stronger and Better</li><li>Enrollment Trends Post-Pandemic</li><li>Faculty Exhaustion: From Burnout to Thriving</li><li>Faculty Workload: Best Practices for Equity</li><li>Harnessing Technology to Improve Student Mental Health</li><li>Is Agile Shared Governance an Oxymoron?</li><li>Long-Term Effects of the Online Pivot on Our Campuses</li><li>Mentoring Your Leadership Team</li><li>Remote Work Policies for 2021 and Beyond</li><li>Strategies for Global Education and Study Abroad</li><li>Supporting Contingent Faculty Members</li><li>Vaccination and Other Safety Mandates</li><li>What We Learned about Our Students during the Pandemic</li></ul> Discussion facilitators will be experienced colleagues with insights to offer on each topic. Please suggest additional topics or nominate a discussion leader, or volunteer to serve as one, by contacting Jonnie G. Guerra, CIC senior advisor, at <a href="mailto:jguerra@cic.nche.edu">jguerra@cic.nche.edu</a>.
Sponsor Showcase DiscussionsSponsor Showcase Discussions87<p>​Participants will gather to discuss issues raised by sponsor showcase sessions—short, pre-recorded videos that will be available on the conference app.</p>
Luncheon for Members of the CIC Online Course Sharing ConsortiumLuncheon for Members of the CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium88Representatives of institutions that are members of the CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium are invited to gather for lunch to learn about the growth of the Consortium and to share institutional strategies to support student progress.<br><blockquote>Conveners: <strong><em>Carol M. Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs and the Online Course Sharing Consortium, and <strong><em>Robert Manzer</em></strong>, Chief Academic Officer, Acadeum</blockquote>
Breakfast for Alumni of CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission ProgramBreakfast for Alumni of CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program17Alumni of and current participants in CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program are invited to gather for breakfast and conversation.<br><blockquote>Convener: <strong><em>Harold V. Hartley III</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, CIC</blockquote>
Senior Leadership AcademySenior Leadership Academy89Workshop<em>(by invitation)</em><br><strong></strong><br>The opening seminar for the 2021–2022 cohort of CIC’s Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) will precede and overlap with the Institute. SLA participants are welcome to participate in the remainder of the Institute at a reduced registration fee.<br><br>SLA is a yearlong professional development program for mid-level administrators in any division of a CIC member institution who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. SLA is offered jointly by CIC and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).<br> <blockquote>Director: <strong> <em>Linda M. Bleicken</em></strong>, President, AALI<br></blockquote> <em>Note: For information about the nomination process for the 2022–2023 SLA cohort, please participate in the Senior Leadership Academy breakfast discussion or <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=8c30f580-60d3-4f8a-b075-8a20a7c4db97&TermSetId=16f73877-6b23-4372-84ca-28979b493fa8&TermId=d527599e-0f0f-416b-a187-9ae704719904" target="_blank" aria-label="Opens in new window">visit the SLA program page</a>.</em>
Senior Leadership AcademySenior Leadership Academy90Workshop<em>(by invitation)</em><br><strong></strong><br>The opening seminar for the 2021–2022 cohort of CIC’s Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) will precede and overlap with the Institute. SLA participants are welcome to participate in the remainder of the Institute at a reduced registration fee.<br><br>SLA is a yearlong professional development program for mid-level administrators in any division of a CIC member institution who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. SLA is offered jointly by CIC and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).<br> <blockquote>Director: <strong> <em>Linda M. Bleicken</em></strong>, President, AALI<br></blockquote> <em>Note: For information about the nomination process for the 2022–2023 SLA cohort, please participate in the Senior Leadership Academy breakfast discussion or <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=8c30f580-60d3-4f8a-b075-8a20a7c4db97&TermSetId=16f73877-6b23-4372-84ca-28979b493fa8&TermId=d527599e-0f0f-416b-a187-9ae704719904" target="_blank" aria-label="Opens in new window">visit the SLA program page</a>.</em>
Free Time for DinnerFree Time for Dinner91
Lunch on Your OwnLunch on Your Own92

 

 

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Additional Features

 Sharing Ideas with Colleagues


CIC’s 2021 Institute for Chief Academic Officers, with Chief Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officers, will offer a variety of networking opportunities to exchange ideas in an informal atmosphere. The 2021 Institute will also include these organized networking opportunities:


BREAKFAST DISCUSSIONS

Discussion sessions on Sunday and Monday mornings will provide opportunities to gain
practical advice from colleagues.

Sunday’s sessions will focus on resilience and recovery. Potential topics:
  • Best Practices for Faculty Handbook Revision
  • Emerging from the Pandemic Stronger and Better
  • Enrollment Trends Post-Pandemic
  • Faculty Exhaustion: From Burnout to Thriving
  • Faculty Workload: Best Practices for Equity
  • Harnessing Technology to Improve Student Mental Health
  • Is Agile Shared Governance an Oxymoron?
  • Long-Term Effects of the Online Pivot on Our Campuses
  • Mentoring Your Leadership Team
  • Remote Work Policies for 2021 and Beyond
  • Strategies for Global Education and Study Abroad
  • Supporting Contingent Faculty Members
  • Vaccination and Other Safety Mandates
  • What We Learned about Our Students during the Pandemic
Monday’s sessions will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and student success. Potential topics:
  • Advising Partnerships for Student Success
  • Assessing Campus Climate
  • Defining the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Role
  • Developing an LGBTQ-Friendly Campus
  • How CIC Colleges and Universities Are Changing to Eradicate Systemic Racism on Campus
  • Identifying and Developing Faculty Leaders for Equity
  • Innovative Student Leadership Programs
  • New Approaches to Student Orientation Programs
  • Serving Noncitizen Students
  • Setting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals
  • Student Activism on Campus
Discussion facilitators will be experienced colleagues with insights to offer on each topic. Please suggest additional topics or nominate a discussion leader, or volunteer to serve as one, by contacting Jonnie G. Guerra, CIC senior advisor, at jguerra@cic.nche.edu.


Information on CIC Programs and Services

Over breakfast on Sunday and Monday, participants will be able to meet with CIC staff
members and advisors to learn about CIC programs and services including: the Executive
Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy; the Presidential Vocation and
Institutional Mission program for prospective presidents; the CIC Online Course Sharing
Consortium; the Legacies of American Slavery project; and the Network for Vocation in
Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), among others.


Senior Leadership Academy

(by invitation)
November 5–7
The opening seminar for the 2021–2022 cohort of CIC’s Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) will precede and overlap with the Institute. SLA participants are welcome to participate in the remainder of the Institute at a reduced registration fee.

SLA is a yearlong professional development program for mid-level administrators in any division of a CIC member institution who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. SLA is offered jointly by CIC and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).
Director: Linda M. Bleicken, President, AALI
Note: For information about the nomination process for the 2022–2023 SLA cohort, please participate in the Senior Leadership Academy breakfast discussion or visit the SLA program page.


Luncheon and Discussion Groups for Women Administrators

Sunday, November 7, 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Note: This event requires pre-registration as space is limited.

Women chief academic officers, student affairs officers, diversity officers, and other
administrators are invited to join discussion groups on current issues led by colleagues
who have been selected for their expertise.

If Not Me, Then Who?

Susan Donovan headshotSusan M. Donovan has served as president of Bellarmine University in Kentucky since 2017. Previously, she served for 32 years at Loyola University Maryland including as dean of residence life, chief student development officer, executive vice president, and interim president. At Bellarmine, Donovan’s early initiatives included the launch of a strategic plan that focuses on student success, inclusion, and academic innovation and efforts to increase institutional transparency and strengthen shared governance. She serves on the boards of the Muhammad Ali Center, a nonprofit museum and cultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, and Impetus, a business-led coalition of Louisville leaders focused on improving education and public safety in the city, among other things. Donovan earned her PhD in higher education from St. Louis University, a master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University, and a BA in communications from Buena Vista University.

Fee: early rate $65 (by September 3); regular rate $80 (after September 3)


Sponsor Showcase Discussions

Monday, November 8, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Participants will gather to discuss issues raised by sponsor showcase sessions—short, pre-recorded videos that will be available on the conference app.


Special Events

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Saturday, November 6, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Immediately following the keynote address, a combination reception and dinner will provide participants the opportunity to greet old friends and meet new colleagues.

All-Institute Reception

Monday, November 8, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
After an afternoon of workshops and sessions, it will be time to reconnect and enjoy
each other’s company. All Institute participants—including spouses, sponsors, and guests—
are invited to gather for drinks, refreshments, and conversation.


Other CIC Gatherings

Reception for Alumni of CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy Programs

Sunday, November 7, 5:45–7:00 p.m.
Alumni of CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy
are invited to gather for light refreshments and conversation.
Convener: Linda M. Bleicken, AALI

Reception for NetVUE Members

Sunday, November 7, 5:45–7:00 p.m.
Representatives of institutions that are members of CIC’s Network for Vocation in
Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) are invited to learn about recent NetVUE activities and
to share lessons learned from their campus programs with colleagues over refreshments.
Conveners: David S. Cunningham, Director of NetVUE, CIC, and Harold V. Hartley III, Senior Vice President, CIC

 Consultations

Consultations

Advance sign-up will be available closer to the time of the Institute.

Executive Search Consultations

Senior consultants of Academic Search will be available for one-on-one consultations
with Institute participants to discuss institutional or individual needs.

Faculty and Presidential Compensation Consultations

Frank Casagrande, president of Casagrande Consulting, LLC, will be available for
one-on-one discussions of negotiating administrative or faculty compensation and
benefits models.

Retirement Consultations

TIAA counselors will be available for one-hour personal consultations with Institute
participants.

 Spouses and Partners

Spouses and partners of participants are invited to register for the Institute. Registration, at a separate fee level, includes the Welcome Reception and Dinner, all plenary sessions, and the All-Institute Reception on Monday evening. Additional opportunities include breakfast discussions and concurrent sessions related to campus life.

 Meetings of Affinity Groups


The Institute provides opportunities for formal and informal meetings of other groups in conjunction with the conference. Meetings scheduled to date include:


American Benedictine Colleges Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 6:30 p.m., for dinner and discussion.
Coordinator: Diane Fladeland, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Mary (ND)

Annapolis Group Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 7:30–8:30 a.m., for breakfast and discussion.
Coordinator: Jeffrey A. Frick, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Washington & Jefferson College

Association of Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 7:30–8:30 a.m., for breakfast and discussion.
Coordinator: Christopher Dougherty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Chestnut Hill College

Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 6:30 p.m., for dinner and discussion.
Coordinator: Jeffrey E. Arnold, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Collegesand Universities

Catholic Colleges and Universities Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Saturday, November 6, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Coordinator: Brian Schmisek, Provost and Dean of Facilities, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Christian College Consortium Chief Academic Officers and Spouses

Will meet Tuesday, November 9, 12:15–5:00 p.m., and continue with dinner at 6:00 p.m. The meeting resumes Wednesday, November 10, 8:00 a.m.–Noon, beginning with breakfast.
Coordinator: James H. (Jay) Barnes III, President, Christian College Consortium

Concordia University System Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m.–Noon.
Coordinator: Timothy Preuss, Provost, Concordia University, Nebraska Conference for Mercy Higher Education

Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 6:30 p.m., for dinner and discussion.
Coordinator: Mary-Paula Cancienne, RSM, Associate Director of Mission, Conference for Mercy Higher Education

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 6:30 p.m., for dinner and discussion.
Coordinator: Stan Rosenberg, Vice President for Research and Scholarship, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 7:30–8:30 a.m., for breakfast and discussion of current issues on their campus. All administrators at HSIs are invited.
Convener: Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, Chief Academic Officer and Provost, University of the Incarnate Word

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Chief Academic, Chief Student Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officers

Will meet Monday, November 8, 7:30–8:30 a.m., for breakfast and discussion of current issues on their campus. All administrators at HBCUs are invited.
Convener: Yolanda Williams Page, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University

Lutheran College and University Chief Academic Officers

Will meet Friday, November 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m., for a reception, dinner and a program session.
Coordinator: Mark Wilhelm, Executive Director, Network of Colleges and Universities, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Marpeck Mennonite Chief Academic Officers

Will meet Saturday, November 6, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Coordinator: Ann Vendrely, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Goshen College

Network of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) College and University Chief Academic Officers

Will meet Friday, November 5, 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Coordinator: Mark Wilhelm, Executive Director, Network of Colleges and Universities, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 Local Attractions


Belle of Louisville

The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat. The Belle, a National Historic Landmark and an icon of the Louisville waterfront, was initially designed to be a ferry. The boat is completely paddle driven and can be used on nearly every navigable inland waterway. A variety of tours are available.

Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum

Churchill Downs is home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. The 147-acre racetrack, which features a one-mile dirt oval racetrack and a seven-furlong turf race course, was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1986. Located on the grounds of Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby. The museum’s exhibits highlight the history of this great race, how many of its traditions came about, and the different stages of a race horse’s life, from birth through race day. The museum houses more than 20,000 items, including many that have been donated by jockeys and breeders since the museum opened in 1985.

Historical Cathedral of the Assumption

The Cathedral of the Assumption is a cathedral and mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Louisville, Kentucky. The cathedral has had a long and interesting history; shortly after it was built, it was nearly destroyed when anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant activists attacked it. The cathedral is open for daily masses, and the body of the church is made up of individual chairs with kneelers instead of the traditional pews. The inside of the cathedral has been renovated several times but still manages to maintain its beautiful intricate finish.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC)

The KMAC has one key tag line that explains what the museum is about: “Art is the Big Idea, and Craft is the Process.” The museum helps visitors begin to understand the relationship that art has with craft. Since the museum opened in 1981, it has built an interest among the local people in Kentucky’s rich craft heritage. The museum has moved and expanded over the years and now occupies a four-story building in downtown Louisville.

Kentucky Science Center

The Kentucky Science Center is the largest hands-on science museum in Kentucky and sits in downtown Louisville’s Museum Row. Founded as a natural history museum in 1871, the museum has expanded over time and typically hosts over half a million visitors a year. The center includes a four-story digital theater that was renovated in 2014. A new exhibit, “Science in Play,” has been hugely popular with children.

Louisville Slugger Field

The Louisville Bats stadium, which opened in 2000, was named after the Slugger baseball bat that originates from Louisville. The field has a retro-classic design and is much loved by the locals. Stadium tours can be arranged when no home game is being played. Tours last one hour and are offered twice daily.

Louisville Slugger Museum

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is located along Museum Row in downtown Louisville. The museum shows off the Hillerich & Bradsby baseball bats that are known as the Louisville Slugger and includes a section on the production of bats. With 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum showcases many historical bats, including the bat that Babe Ruth used when he hit his last home run with the New York Yankees. It also features hands-on exhibits where, for instance, visitors can experience what it would feel like to have a ball fly toward them at 90 mph.

Louisville Zoo

Founded in 1969, the 169-acre Louisville Zoo houses approximately 1,700 animals. There are six geographical settings in the zoo: the Asian Plains, African Veldt, the Islands, Australian Outback, and North and South America Panorama. The Gorilla Forest is extremely popular with tourists and is currently home to western lowland gorillas and patas monkeys. The Glacier Run exhibit, featuring polar bears, is a great place to hang out and even includes a splash park for children.

Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali with a mission to preserve and share his legacy. Although most people are aware of Ali’s amazing exploits in the ring, not everybody is aware of his humanitarian service: Muhammad Ali was named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations. More than a series of exhibitions, the Center offers diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism workshops and other educational programs for children and adults.

Ronald-Brennan House

The Ronald-Brennan House is a historic Italianate townhouse located in downtown Louisville that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Francis Ronald was a tobacco merchant who initially owned this house before selling it to Thomas Brennan in 1884. The house is the last remaining Victorian mansion on its street and still features original lighting and furnishings. The rooms feature stained glass windows, hand-carved marble, and crystal chandeliers.

Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum, located near the University of Louisville Belknap Campus, is the oldest and largest museum of art in the state. The museum features a large collection of ancient, modern, and classical art; the collection focuses mainly on Western art. A recent renovation doubled the museum’s floor space and added a theatre, café, shop, and pavilion. Highlights of the museum collection include pieces by Rembrandt and Monet.

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Opened in 1983, the center is home to the Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, Broadway Across America, and the Kentucky Opera. The center focuses on education and sends staff all over Kentucky to work with both children and adults to increase their performing arts skills.

The Louisville Palace

Located in the city’s theater district, the Louisville Palace is a music venue with a seating capacity of 2,800. The historic landmark opened in 1928 and was designed by architect John Eberson. The venue has intricate decorations throughout. A vaulted ceiling inside the palace features 139 sculptures of historical figures, and the ceiling in the theatre room is painted like a night time sky. The Louisville Palace hosts a large range of shows and an ever-changing list of performances; visitors should check the schedule in advance.

Thomas Edison House

Thomas Edison House is a modest shotgun duplex property built in 1850 and located in historic Butchertown, the center of meat production in Louisville for over 200 years. Edison arrived in Louisville at the age of 19 to accept a job offer as a telegraph key operator from Western Union. Some of the interesting artifacts found at the Thomas Edison House include cylinder and disc phonographs as well as Edison Business Phonographs. An Edison Kinetoscope, the first home motion picture projector, is also on display in the museum.

Tom Sawyer State Park

“Tom” Sawyer State Park is a 550-acre park that was opened in 1974 on land that used to house Kentucky’s Central State Hospital. The park was named in honor of Jefferson County Judge “Tom” Sawyer who was killed in a car accident in 1969. Sawyer was the father of journalist Diane Sawyer. The park’s amenities include an activities center with a gymnasium that has indoor courts for badminton, basketball, and volleyball as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool and weight room. The park also has tennis courts, soccer fields, lighted softball fields, a fitness trail, nature trail, BMX track, model aircraft airfield, a dog park, playgrounds, and picnic facilities. The park is also the site of the Louisville Astronomical Society’s Urban Astronomy Center.

 

Hotel and Travel

 Location

The Galt House Hotel

140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 589-5200

 Hotel Information


The Galt House Hotel skyline view at nightAll program sessions of the Institute for Chief Academic Officers with Chief Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officers will be held at the Galt House Hotel.

Room Rate:
$179 single/double per night (for Deluxe Rivue Tower rooms); $199 single/double per night (for Executive Suite Tower rooms)

Hotel Reservation Deadline:
Friday, October 1, 2021

Louisville’s only waterfront hotel, the Galt House Hotel is located four blocks from Fourth Street Live and eight miles from the Louisville International Airport. The hotel also is just minutes from several Louisville attractions including the KFC Yum! Center, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Whiskey and Museum Rows. A family run hotel since 1835, the Galt House Hotel is the largest hotel in Kentucky, consisting of two towers. Connecting the towers on the third floor is the famous Conservatory, which features a café, a cocktail lounge, and a gathering area. The hotel offers seven restaurants and lounges including the newly refurbished rooftop Swizzle restaurant (formerly Rivue Restaurant and Lounge) with its spectacular views of downtown and the waterfront.

Please Note the Hotel Reservation Procedure: Participants first need to register for the Institute. Upon paid Institute registration, participants will receive a confirmation email that includes detailed hotel booking instructions and a code to make a reservation at the Galt House at the CIC discounted rate.

The registration and hotel reservation deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021. Because hotel rooms may sell out before the deadline, participants are encouraged to register for the Institute and reserve their hotel rooms as soon as possible. Please note that hotel reservations made after the deadline can be accommodated only on a space-available basis and may be at a rate higher than the CIC rate.

The CIC hotel rate of $179 and $199 for single or double occupancy is available for rooms reserved for the period November 3–10, 2021, for participants who would like to extend their stay. Please be aware that rooms on the extended dates are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Executive Suite Tower rooms ($199) are all-suite style accommodations. The Executive Suite Tower is located above the Galt House Hotel main lobby. The Deluxe Rivue Tower rooms ($179) are standard hotel rooms and are connected to the Galt House lobby by a glass bridge and conservatory.


Dress Guidelines

Business casual wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is suggested only for the opening Keynote Address and the Welcome Reception and Dinner on Saturday.

 Travel


(All rates below are as of July 2021)

The Galt House Hotel is located approximately eight miles from Louisville Muhammad Ali International airport (SDF). Transportation to the hotel is available from several providers.


Taxicabs

Taxicabs are available at the airport terminal traffic island on the left of the taxi stand. The estimated fare to the Galt House Hotel is $20 one way. Reservations are not required. The airport taxicab providers are:
  • CityScoot—(502) 566-6384
  • Green Cab—(502) 635-6400; (502) 797-6064
  • Ready Cab—(502) 451-4114
  • Taxi7—(502) 777-7777
  • Yellow Cab—(502) 636-5511

Rideshares

Lyft and Uber are the only authorized ridesharing services available from the Louisville Airport. The Lyft and Uber pickup area is located on the lower level, east side of the terminal on the inner curb.


Hotel Parking

Self-parking for conference participants at the Galt House Hotel is $22 per day. Valet parking is currently suspended due to COVID-19.
 

Sponsors

​​CIC is grateful to the following sponsors (to date) for their support of the Institute:

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Task Force

Chief Academic Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officers Task Force

The program of the 2021 Institute for Chief Academic Officers, with Chief Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officers, is being planned with the assistance of CIC’s Chief Academic Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officers Task Force:

Christon Arthur, Provost, Andrews University
Roland N. Bullard, Vice President for Student Success, Dillard University
Leanna Fenneberg, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rider University
Jeffrey A. Frick, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Washington & Jefferson College
Kerry D. Fulcher, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University
Lisa Long, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Talladega College
Michael W. Markowitz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holy Family University
J. Andrew Prall, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University (Chair)
Michael J. Sosulski, Provost, Wofford College
JoNes R. VanHecke, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Gustavus Adolphus College
Lori Werth, Provost, University of Pikeville
Renée T. White, Provost, Wheaton College

Association Representatives

James Stascavage, Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives, NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Kathy Whatley, Senior Advisor for Academic Programs, Council of Independent Colleges
Michelle Friedman, Senior Director of Programs, Council of Independent Colleges