About the Theme

Collaboration for Student Success
The national focus on college access and degree completion makes collaboration between chief academic officers (CAOs) and chief student affairs officers (CSAOs) especially important as these two key leaders help their institutions strengthen the pathways for students’ success. Learning to value each other’s priorities and understand each other’s approaches to student development calls for seamless communication between the CAO and the CSAO. Shared vision, collaborative spirit, and effective partnerships are essential elements of an environment in which students of varied backgrounds will flourish.

The theme of the 2013 Institute, “Collaboration for Student Success,” provides a framework for reflection and action on pressing issues of mutual concern, as well as for candid discussion. Institute sessions will provide advice and examples for CAOs and CSAOs to consider on such topics as enriched experiences for international students on campus, issues faced by first-generation students, the design of first-year programs, and retention. CAOs and CSAOs also will have the opportunity to participate in an “open mike” session moderated by a CAO-CSAO team.

The Institute, co-sponsored by the ACPA – College Student Educators International and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, offers opportunities for chief academic and chief student affairs officers from across the country to share—with candor—ideas, practical solutions, and effective practices.

Who Should Attend?

To explore the theme, “Collaboration for Student Success,” CIC invites chief academic and chief student affairs officers of all independent colleges and universities to participate in this annual Institute. Chief student affairs officers are encouraged to attend the conference with the chief academic officers to strengthen their work on issues that matter to both senior officers. Teams of academic and student affairs senior administrators will lead many of the concurrent sessions.

A chief academic officer may hold the title of provost, vice president for academic affairs, or dean of the college, among others. Chief student affairs officers may have such titles as vice president for student affairs, student development, student services, or student life; vice provost for student affairs; vice chancellor for student affairs; or dean of students. CIC offers a discounted registration fee for additional administrators from the same institution.