Please note that advanced registration is required for all workshops. Most have limits on the number of participants. Please pre-register for each workshop.

Navigating the “New Normal”: Where Does the Money Come From? Where Does It Go? What Does It Buy?
Thursday, January 5, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
College and university finances are under great pressure because of changing student demographics, the anemic recovery from the Great Recession, rising consumerism among students and parents, and competition from for-profit institutions. The cost model most often used by small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities is especially strained in geographic areas that are experiencing enrollment declines among recent high school graduates. Meanwhile the public criticism of college costs is getting louder. Many in the public wonder whether the high price of college is really worth it in the long term. This session will examine what these developments mean for independent college presidents, including implications for their work with trustees and the internal institutional leadership team. Suggestions about strategies drawn from industry and best practices for working with various constituencies will be provided, with attention given to the changed role of the board and the skills and information needed by the internal academic and fiscal team. Participants will engage in a discussion of the scope and severity of the problem and consider strategies that seem to be working.
  • Richard Staisloff, Principal, rpk Group
  • Jane V. Wellman, Executive Director, Delta Cost Project
Note: Please sign up for this workshop using the online registration form, as space is limited.
Fee: $75

The Future of the Humanities in Independent Higher Education  
Thursday, January 5, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
There has been a long period of marginalization of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum as pressures of student preferences and ill-conceived responses to them by colleges and universities have caused adjustments in what is being taught. Indeed, disquieting patterns in undergraduate enrollments, in the funding of advanced research, and in trends in philanthropy have led some to become concerned about the future vitality of the humanities. This workshop will explore the connections between abstract fields of study and bodies of knowledge in the liberal arts, on the one hand, and economic, environmental, and cultural questions of the day, on the other. How have the shape and dimensions of the liberal arts and their role in modern life changed in recent years? What is the role of the humanities in finding meaning in one’s life and considering questions of morality, freedom, and imagination? What is the relationship of the humanities to current policy concerns and crises of the day? What is the role of independent higher education and presidential leadership in revitalizing the humanities?
  • Ronald A. Crutcher, President, Wheaton College (MA)
  • Scott D. Miller, President, Bethany College (WV)
  • Christopher B. Nelson, President, St. John’s College (MD)
  • S. Georgia Nugent, President, Kenyon College
Note: Please sign up for this workshop using the online registration form, as space is limited.
Fee: $50

Presidential Leadership for Student Learning and Accountability 
Friday, January 6, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

CIC is grateful to the Teagle Foundation for its generous support of this workshop.
There is often no college-wide integration of assessment for the purpose of continuous improvement in teaching and learning. How do college and university presidents reclaim their central role as leaders of the educational mission of their institutions? This workshop will help independent college and university presidents assume greater responsibility for the improvement of student learning and learn from each other how this can best be accomplished. Among the topics to be discussed during the workshop are:
  • How to develop an effective strategy to improve student learning that is linked to the institution’s mission and strategic plan;
  • How to ensure that assessment data are well organized and used to improve faculty instruction, curricula, and student learning across the campus;
  • How presidents can lead their institutions toward a culture of evidence that supports student learning goals and leads to improvements in pedagogy and curricular design;
  • How presidents can help trustees understand assessment and its relationship to student learning and cultivate support for attaining the institution’s goals for student learning;
  • How presidents can work with academic officers to establish an incentive system that rewards faculty members and others who demonstrate commitment to and progress toward established student learning goals; and
  • How presidents can promote greater institutional transparency in communicating with constituents as well as the public about the processes and performance of improving student learning.
Participants will be expected to read a set of brief discussion papers authored by the workshop facilitators, which will be distributed in advance of the workshop.
  • Norval C. Kneten, President, Barton College
  • Michael A. MacDowell, President, Misericordia University
  • Richard L. Morrill, President, Teagle Foundation
  • David C. Paris, Executive Director, New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability
  • Rebecca L. Sherrick, President, Aurora University
Note: Please sign up for this workshop using the online registration form, as space is limited.
Fee: There is no additional fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is required. This workshop includes lunch.

Post-Institute Workshop
CIC/Aspen/Wye Seminar: Leadership and Liberal Education in a Global Context
Saturday, January 7, 1:00–5:30 p.m.
In this seminar, presidents will explore the effects of the global expansion of knowledge on the ways we think about liberal learning. What habits of mind and scope of knowledge do our students need? What are the implications of the globalization of culture for our curricula? How do we encourage students at home and abroad to think about the place of education in a democratic republic, whether established or emerging? This Socratic seminar relies on classic works in the Western, African, and Asian traditions to provide a framework for a collaborative dialogue about the global context of higher education and the roles of presidents as intellectual leaders. Seminar participants will consider together the place of higher education in a democratic republic and elsewhere.
  • Seminar Leader: David Townsend, Director of Wye Programs, Aspen Institute, and Tutor, St. John’s College (MD)
Note: Please sign up for this workshop using the online registration form, as space is limited.
Fee: $200 (per president or presidential spouse participant)