Study of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

Presidents Report cover

​The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), a national association representing 640 small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities, supports many professional development programs for higher education leaders. Beginning in 2008 the design of the programs has been informed by research on the career paths of campus leaders in order to help produce more and better-qualified candidates for senior leadership positions at CIC member institutions. This report is the second by CIC based on data from the American Council on Education’s (ACE) American College President Study (ACPS). Using the latest ACPS data collected by a 2011 survey of more than 1,600 college and university presidents nationwide (ACE, 2012), CIC analyzed the demographic characteristics of CIC college and university presidents, their duties and responsibilities, their satisfaction and frustrations with their work, their career paths and plans, and the presidential search process and conditions of employment. To determine if important differences existed among presidents of various types of institutions, CIC compared presidents of its member institutions with presidents of four major groups: public two-year or community colleges; public baccalaureate and master’s (BA/MA) level institutions; public doctoral, or research, universities; and private doctoral universities. Based on its membership in 2011, CIC identified presidents who serve CIC member colleges and universities and examined responses to questions of interest. Furthermore, CIC compared the 2011 responses of its members with those given to similar questions posed in prior ACPS surveys.

​Council of Independent Colleges
By Wei Song and Harold V. Hartley III
July 2012