About the Theme

The 2012 CIC Institute for Chief Academic Officers will focus on the core responsibilities of the chief academic officer and the importance of strong academic leadership in today’s changing higher education environment. The strength of the entire academic leadership team is more critical now than ever as associate provosts, assistant academic vice presidents, and deans assume new responsibilities and as CAOs take on wider institutional roles.

With the changing demography of the college-going generation, increased numbers of first-generation and low-income students pose new challenges for colleges to consider in the allocation of intellectual and financial resources, and these choices will influence the ability of students to achieve their educational goals. Providing faculty members with assistance in professional development can help them use new pedagogies and technology in dramatically different ways. CAOs also play a critical role in planning programs and improving retention. Anxiety over the expanding presence of the federal government in academic decision making and the increased reporting requirements imposed by state and federal governments are especially heavy burdens on smaller institutions.

The 2012 Institute will include sessions on successful programs for first-generation college students, first-year programs, programs that promote civic engagement, and the Lumina Foundation’s CIC/Degree Qualifications Profile project. Other sessions will feature practical advice on matching strategic-planning goals with available resources, prioritizing academic programs, and implementing successful program review models. In panel presentations, CAOs will discuss the changing nature of the curriculum and of certification requirements in specialized and professional programs, such as teacher education. Sessions on shared governance will provide fresh perspectives on choices in academic infrastructure, the CAO’s role in faculty governance, faculty workload issues, and faculty evaluation rubrics. CAOs and other academic administrators also will have opportunities to discuss leadership development for faculty members and mid-level academic administrators.

Perhaps most importantly, the Institute will provide a setting for CAOs and other academic administrators from across the country to share—with candor—ideas, practical solutions, and effective practices.

Who Should Attend?

To explore the theme, “Core Responsibilities in a Changing Environment,” CIC invites chief academic officers and other members of the academic affairs team on your campus—for example, associate academic vice presidents, assistant provosts, and deans—to participate in this annual Institute. A chief academic officer may hold the title of provost, vice president for academic affairs, dean of the college, or others. CIC offers a discounted registration fee for a second and third administrator from the same institution who registers for the Institute.