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Orientation for New State Executives and StaffOrientation for New State Executives and Staff1All new state executives, staff, and first-time conference participants are welcome. CIC and State Councils program leadership will provide a briefing on the operations and member benefits of CIC’s State Councils programs and services.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC<br><strong><em>Carol M. Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs and the Online Course Sharing Consortium, CIC<br><strong><em></em></strong><strong>William (Bill) Spiker</strong>, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges; State Councils Presiding Officer; and Member, CIC Board of Directors</blockquote>
State Councils Advisory Committee MeetingState Councils Advisory Committee Meeting2<p>​Convener: <strong> <em>Carol M. Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs and the Online Course Sharing Consortium, CIC</p>
Welcome and Greetings from the UPS FoundationWelcome and Greetings from the UPS Foundation3Richard Ekman; Phillip W. Chritton<em>All registered state executives and staff, invited guests, and sponsors are welcome.</em><br><br><br> <h3>Welcome<br></h3><blockquote> <strong> <em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC<br><strong><em>Carol M. Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs and the Online Course Sharing Consortium, CIC<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Greetings from the UPS Foundation</h3><blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Phillip W. Chritton</em></strong>, Vice President, Legal, UPS</blockquote>
Keynote Address: Leading for the Future—Insights from Google Higher EducationKeynote Address: Leading for the Future—Insights from Google Higher Education4Steven Butschi<div></div>The speed of change in higher education reflects, among other pressures that emerged during 2020, the importance of changing technology and the options that higher education leaders need to understand and embrace. Some colleges are investing heavily in technology while others are sorting through myriad challenges to identify cost-effective solutions for their campuses. How can State Council executives help colleges and universities keep up with new technology and differentiate among potential uses for cloud-based systems, smart classroom tools, mobile apps, and—increasingly—artificial intelligence to support teaching and learning and student services? This keynote address will provide state executives with leading insights about the landscape of higher education technology and ways that colleges can integrate current and future applications to advance their missions and support students.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Steven Butschi</em></strong>, Head of Education, Google Cloud, Google<br>Chair: <strong> <em>Bill Spiker</em></strong>, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges; State Councils Presiding Officer; and Member, CIC Board of Directors</blockquote>
MCA Distance Learning CollaborativeMCA Distance Learning Collaborative7In collaboration with Google, Logitech, and Steelcase, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) developed a real-time synchronous course-sharing pilot program at three MCA campuses. Through the creation of smart classrooms that were equipped with digital whiteboard and video conferencing technology, campuses in different geographic locations cross-registered students in traditional classroom settings, resulting in newly expanded course offerings, cost efficiencies, and shared experiences for students and faculty. See how MCA’s success could provide a model for other State Councils to follow in their states.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Robert P. Bartlett</em></strong>, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance</blockquote>
The CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium: A Cost-Effective Approach to Supporting Student ProgressThe CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium: A Cost-Effective Approach to Supporting Student Progress9Robert Manzer<p>In late 2018, CIC launched a new membership service, the Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC), designed to help CIC colleges and universities support students through online courses that advance enrollment strategies at institutions. Today, membership in CIC-OCSC has jumped to more than 230 institutions. Find out how member colleges of State Councils can leverage this technology to improve retention, time to graduation, overall graduation rates, and institutional financial health.<br></p><blockquote><p> <strong><em>Robert Manzer</em></strong>, Chief Academic Officer, Acadeum</p></blockquote>
Sponsor ShowcasesSponsor Showcases10Well connected, informed, and providing leadership throughout higher education, conference sponsors will provide insights and advice in three break-out meetings. Move among meetings to learn how these industry-leading sponsors can help State Councils and member colleges reach their goals.<br> <ul><li>TIAA</li><li>Credo</li></ul>
Branding on the Brink: How State Councils Can Maximize Their Message in a Changing Information LandscapeBranding on the Brink: How State Councils Can Maximize Their Message in a Changing Information Landscape21Kai Drekmeier; Ted EismeierIn the age of information asymmetry and a rapidly changing media landscape, higher education communicators are having a harder time reaching and influencing key audiences. With shrinking newsroom budgets and information-sharing becoming democratized, stories increasingly need to be told in a collaborative manner, using non-traditional tools and with unexpected partners. Colleges and universities are in search of new ways to articulate their value and return on investment. What are the best ways higher education leaders can tell their stories in this challenging environment? How can State Councils help their colleges get a greater share of voice and get the attention of stakeholders in their states? This session will feature experts on higher education media, communications, and change management who will discuss the new era of higher education communications.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Kai Drekmeier</em></strong>, Founder and President, Inside Track<br><strong><em>Ted Eismeier</em></strong>, Vice President, Whiteboard Advisors</blockquote>
West Virginia’s RISE Initiative: Laying a Foundation for Long-Term SuccessWest Virginia’s RISE Initiative: Laying a Foundation for Long-Term Success13West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU) experienced three consecutive years of leadership changes and an accompanying loss of continuity in its operations. With a new team in place, WVICU staff and the board of directors are committed to reinvigorate WVICU’s fundraising efforts to respond to changes in West Virginia’s economy. In 2019, WVICU launched the “RISE” (Renewed Investment in Sustainable Engagement) Initiative, an effort that already has yielded positive results. How can other states evaluate and re-engineer fundraising strategies to anticipate changes in their states? What foundational tools are necessary to generate interest among new donors and stimulate increased giving? This session will highlight the path WVICU took to discover new strategies and improved results.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ben Beakes</em></strong>, Executive Director, West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities</blockquote>
Capacity-Building Grants Showcase and Networking ReceptionCapacity-Building Grants Showcase and Networking Reception22<p> <em>​All registered state executives and staff, invited guests, and sponsors are welcome.</em><br><br>CIC awarded 10 Capacity-Building Grants to State Councils during 2019–2020 and doubled the grant funds available to help State Councils tell their stories. Enjoy this presentation of new materials created through this CIC grant program; then, complete your day with shared observations. Bring your own cocktail and relax among friends.</p>
AIKCU Emerging LeadersAIKCU Emerging Leaders26The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) seeks to enhance outcomes for first-generation, Pell-eligible, and minority students at its member colleges and universities through its inaugural AIKCU Emerging Leaders program, which received a 2020–2021 CIC First Opportunity Partners Program Grant. The program will help support students from low-income backgrounds who have fewer opportunities than their wealthier peers to secure and accept unpaid internships, which are fundamental to career preparation. Moreover, these students are more likely to have a greater need to earn money from paid work, which limits their availability and options for participating in internships. Learn how the AIKCU Emerging Leaders program will assist each of AIKCU’s 18 members in enhancing employment outcomes for graduates by improving career preparation and outcomes for first-generation, Pell-eligible, and minority students.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>OJ Oleka</em></strong>, President, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities</blockquote>
State Councils Deep Dive RoundtablesState Councils Deep Dive Roundtables17<p> <em>Open to state executives and staff members only.</em><br><br>Network with colleagues and plunge into lively discussions on a range of timely topics. Participants will be able to move among sessions as time allows to engage in more than one discussion.<br></p><ul><li>Diversity and Inclusion Programs</li><li>Transfer Pathways</li><li>College to Career Initiatives</li><li>Special Events</li><li>Building Corporate Relationships</li></ul>
Gift + Stewardship = Sustained Giving and MoreGift + Stewardship = Sustained Giving and More18<p>Every fundraiser works to meet giving targets—for annual campaigns, challenge grants, special projects, and other priorities. But does your State Council remember to prioritize the gift that keeps on giving: stewardship? Learn how two State Councils have integrated stewardship of donors into their annual schedules. The data show that ongoing donor engagement can significantly improve fundraising results at large and small fundraising operations. Part of a development professional’s method for moving donors forward, best practices in stewardship are a cultural and tactical approach that every State Council can consider.</p><blockquote><p> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Treva Haugaard</em></strong>, Executive Director, Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation<br><strong><em>Matthew D. Shank</em></strong>, President, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges</p></blockquote>
CIC State Councils Business MeetingCIC State Councils Business Meeting27Enjoy a final conversation with colleagues and participate in the annual State Councils Business Meeting with the State Councils Advisory Committee. The agenda will include a report from the presiding officer and CIC staff.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Bill Spiker</em></strong>, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges; State Councils Presiding Officer; and Member, CIC Board of Directors<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>State Councils Advisory Committee</h3><blockquote> <strong><em>Robert P. Bartlett</em></strong>, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance<br><strong><em>Paul Cerkvenik</em></strong>, President, Minnesota Private College Fund<br><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong> (Ex Officio), President, CIC<br><strong><em>Louis Manzione</em></strong>, President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey<br><strong><em>Paul C. Pribbenow</em></strong>, President, Augsburg University<br><strong><em>Carol M. Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Councils Programs and the Online Course Sharing Consortium, CIC<br><strong><em>Terri Standish-Kuon</em></strong>, President and Chief Executive Officer, Independent Colleges of Washington</blockquote>
JED Campus: A Comprehensive Approach to Student Well-BeingJED Campus: A Comprehensive Approach to Student Well-Being16Nance RoyTransitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges that can negatively affect student well-being, an issue that colleges are increasingly called upon to address. How can independent colleges—many with small staffs and limited resources—address the need to support the increasing number of students with anxiety, substance abuse, and other mental health issues? The Jed Foundation (JED) partners with many colleges to empower young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. Learn how JED helps colleges develop a comprehensive approach to promote emotional well-being and implement enduring, systemic change. State Councils can play a key role in helping their member colleges identify approaches and methods that can make a difference.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Nance Roy</em></strong>, Chief Clinical Officer, Jed Foundation, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry<br>Chair: <strong> <em>Terri Standish-Kuon</em></strong></blockquote>
State Councils Deep Dive RoundtablesState Councils Deep Dive Roundtables23<em>Open to state executives and staff members only.</em><br><br>Network with colleagues and plunge into lively discussions on a range of timely topics. Participants will be able to move among the roundtables as time allows to participate in more than one discussion.<br> <ul><li>Governance and Board Management</li><li>Fundraising</li><li>Marketing and Public Relations</li><li>Scholarship Management</li><li>Collaboration and Program Management</li></ul>
Welcome and Awards PresentationWelcome and Awards Presentation25Christine De Vinne; Richard Ekman<em>All registered state executives and staff, invited guests, and sponsors are welcome.</em><br><br>One highlight of the State Councils Annual Conference is the presentation of the CIC State Councils’ highest honor: the Charles W. L. Foreman Award, which recognizes a college president or corporate trustee who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service that truly distinguishes the recipient from his or her peers in support of the mission and work of the State Councils. The 2021 recipient of the Charles W. L. Foreman Award is Christine De Vinne, OSU, president of Ursuline College since 2015 and a collegiate trustee of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.<br><br>This year, in recognition of his 21 years of service to independent higher education and his effective leadership over the merger between FIHE and CIC 11 years ago, the State Councils Advisory Committee will present an award to CIC President Richard Ekman. His service to the State Councils and support of expanded grant programs and leadership development opportunities have resulted in a stronger network of diverse and effective State Councils that generate recognition and support for independent education nationwide. Ekman will leave his post as president of CIC in July 2021.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Sister Christine De Vinne</em></strong>, President, Ursuline College<br><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC<br><strong><em>Carol M. Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs and the Online Course Sharing Consortium, CIC<br><strong><em>Bill Spiker</em></strong>, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges; State Councils Presiding Officer; and Member, CIC Board of Directors</blockquote>
Focusing the Board on Strategic PrioritiesFocusing the Board on Strategic Priorities20​No matter the state or the mission of a State Council, managing relationships with the board of directors is critical for state executives to achieve success. Some State Councils are governed by member college presidents; others are governed by boards that include college presidents and corporate leaders; while some follow other models for governance, accountability, and mission stewardship. Learn how two executives who inherited long-standing and vastly different operations created new opportunities for their State Councils through carefully focused initiatives with their boards.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Louis Manzione</em></strong>, President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey<br><strong><em>Mick Weltman</em></strong>, Executive Director, Associated Colleges of Illinois</blockquote>
Sponsor ShowcasesSponsor Showcases19<p>​Well connected, informed, and providing leadership throughout higher education, conference sponsors will provide insights and advice in three break-out meetings. Move among meetings to learn how sponsors can help State Councils and member colleges reach their goals.</p><ul><li>Academic Search</li></ul>