Securing America's Future Workshop - Hartwick College 9/14/2016 9/14/2016 9/14/20169/14/20169/14/20169/14/2016 Oneonta, NY

About the Workshops

Workshop Goals

1) To promote a better understanding of key trends, challenges, possible solutions, and other innovations identified during CIC’s Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education. The central question of this initiative was, “How can independent institutions respond to potentially disruptive changes in society, the economy, and the academy without compromising the core characteristics of independent colleges that have assured the delivery of a high-quality education in the past?”
2) To share compelling research and resources about the power of the liberal arts and the effectiveness of independent colleges and universities to support access and excellence in higher education, as gathered and distilled by CIC’s public information campaign, Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education.
3) To provide an opportunity for presidents, other senior administrators, and faculty leaders to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of institutional changes, including potentially disruptive shifts, in a collegial setting. Thoughtful discussion about the future of individual institutions and the independent sector as a whole lies at the heart of these workshops.
4) To provide resources that will help participants continue the conversations begun during the workshops with colleagues and other stakeholders on their own campuses. Resources will include examples of mission-driven innovation in the areas of academic programming, business models, and finance; fresh arguments for the liberal arts; and strategies to build on recent research findings.
5) To gather and share with other CIC members information about promising innovations and effective practices. 
6) To mobilize participants to assess active steps, reconsider business models in the context of each institution's mission, and implement sustainable changes for the future.

Who Should Participate?

All CIC member institutions are invited to send a team of three-to-five participants to any one of the workshops. The workshops may be especially appropriate for institutions that are considering new business models or other strategic initiatives and are prepared to reexamine aspects of their mission. Teams ideally will include the president, at least one other senior administrator (such as the chief academic officer, chief financial officer, or vice president for enrollment), and at least one faculty member who can take a leadership role in campus discussions and institutional change efforts.

Expectations of Participants

Background materials, including research reports commissioned or prepared by CIC, will be distributed in advance. Institutional teams are expected to read and discuss these materials prior to the workshop. The teams also should discuss how the institution would respond to the following questions, to be addressed during the workshop: What are the greatest challenges (and opportunities) facing the institution? How has the institution responded to the challenges—or how does it plan to respond to them? What innovative approaches have already been pursued by the institution, and how did they fare? What is the likely future of the institution if it does not change what it is doing now? What is the most desirable future for the institution, five or ten years from now? What are the obstacles and opportunities to make this future a reality?

Teams will leave the workshop with plentiful information about the effectiveness of independent higher education, especially in supporting the educational attainment of diverse students, with examples of mission-driven innovation that can be adapted to their own institution’s needs, and with the rudiments of an action plan to engage their campus colleagues in a purposeful conversation about institutional change and the future.

All sessions at the workshops will be confidential to encourage frank discussion among participants; however, CIC will prepare and disseminate a report on the themes and promising innovations that emerge from the workshops. Institutions also will be asked to share information about any new strategic initiatives that are launched as a result of workshop participation.

Sample Workshop Agenda




​Host president: Margaret Drugovich

Other confirmed presenters:
  • William Zumeta, Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, University of Washington; co-author of the CIC research report, “The Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education at Private Nondoctoral Colleges and Universities”

Host Institution and Travel Information

Participants are responsible for their own lodging if they plan to stay overnight.* The host institution recommends the following hotel near the campus:
Hampton Inn
225 River Street
Oneonta, NY
(607) 433-9000

Other recommended hotels near the campus.
*If a sufficient number of participants plan to arrive the night before the workshop, CIC may organize an optional group dinner.