Securing America's Future

Workshops for College and University Leaders

Is the future of your institution secure? CIC member presidents report that sustainability is the most pressing concern at many independent colleges and universities, especially in the face of shifting demographics and economic uncertainty. Presidents are aware that to secure their institution’s future, they need to explore new options. But they do not always know the best way to align their institution’s current mission with new business models, or to identify peer-tested innovations, or to engage the faculty and other campus constituents in potentially disruptive change efforts.

CIC held a series of free workshops designed to help member colleges and universities prepare for the future more effectively. The half-day workshops brought together teams of presidents, senior administrators, and faculty leaders to explore key trends in higher education and society, the urgent pressures facing individual colleges and universities, and potential solutions. Eight workshops were offered at locations around the country between September 2016 and April 2017.

The workshops met from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. They were led by host institution presidents, CIC senior staff, and other presenters with research expertise or practical experience with innovation at independent colleges and universities.

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  1. Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY): Wednesday, September 14, 2016
  2. Adrian College (Adrian, MI): Thursday, September 29, 2016
  3. Augustana College (Rock Island, IL): Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  4. California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA): Monday, December 12, 2016
  5. Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA): Thursday, January 26, 2017
  6. St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX): Friday, February 10, 2017
  7. Webster University (St. Louis, MO): Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  8. McDaniel College (Westminster, MD): Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The workshops built upon the wealth of resources and data generated by CIC's Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education and CIC's award-winning public information campaign, Securing America's Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education. The workshops were supported by the Endeavor Foundation, Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Lumina Foundation for Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education

CIC announced its Public Information Campaign for the Liberal Arts and Liberal Arts Colleges in November 2012. The national, multi-pronged initiative directs attention to the compelling evidence that smaller independent colleges produce graduates who are among the best prepared for success in their personal, career, and community lives.

Learn more about the Campaign for the Liberal Arts and Liberal Arts Colleges.

Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education

​Predictions about the future of higher education by politicians, journalists, and policy analysts often disregard the effectiveness of traditional colleges and universities. This project, however, is designed to explore fresh approaches to higher education, new college business models, and potentially disruptive changes to American society and education along with the traditional qualities and missions of independent liberal arts colleges that are essential to the success of such institutions.

Learn more about the Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education.

Research Briefs

​A series of short papers on innovations in pedagogy and curriculum that may enhance student learning at independent colleges and universities. Each paper includes a review of recent literature, examples of how the innovation has been adopted by CIC members, discussion questions for further exploration, and recommendations for additional reading.

Research Brief Compilation

Individual Research Briefs




(May 2015)

Contact Information

For more information about Securing America's Future, please contact Philip M. Katz, CIC director of projects, at or (202) 466-7230.