Sharing Ideas with Colleagues

CIC’s 2013 Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers provides an important network for CAOs and CSAOs. Participants will have opportunities to exchange ideas in a confidential, supportive, and informal atmosphere. The 2013 Institute will include these regular conference features:

Breakfast Discussions
Breakfast discussions offer informal opportunities for participants with similar interests to share information. Leaders will welcome the participants and open the discussion. Participants may move among several of these groups and are invited to share perspectives from their institutions.
Sunday, November 3
7:30–8:45 a.m.
Accelerated Degree Programs for Adults
Many private colleges and universities have developed accelerated programs to serve working adults. Where these programs fit into the organizational structure and who monitors their quality varies widely among institutions. CAOs are invited to discuss their campus models, noting the benefits and challenges.
Christopher Dougherty, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Rosemont College
A Blended Model of Student Success Coaching and Academic Advising
Wingate University’s current campus initiative helps students transition to college life by assigning selected students both a success coach and an academic advisor. How do success coaches help students achieve their personal and academic potential? How do these interactions differ from those of academic advisors? Participants are invited to share feedback on Wingate’s model and to discuss their own experiences with success coaching and other approaches to advising.
Martha S. Asti, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wingate University
Bringing Outstanding Leaders to Campus: The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program
The CIC Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program allows colleges and universities to bring dynamic and engaging professionals to campus for an entire week of affordable community-wide programs. Participants will hear about the diverse roster of Fellows available, best practices for engaging the entire campus community in the visit, application procedures and visit fees, and how to bring a Fellow to campus this academic year.
Roger Bowen, Director, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program and Senior Advisor, CIC
Creating a Signature Program
Linfield College’s innovative Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement takes a student-centered approach throughout curricular and co-curricular programming, engaging students intellectually, civically, and across disciplines. This discussion will center on the collaborative process used in its development and implementation and the positive outcomes of its adoption.
Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Linfield College
Susan Hopp, Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics and Dean of Students, Linfield College
Developing Cross-Divisional Comprehensive Student Success Plans
Hartwick College’s successful plan for retention resulted from collaboration among the chief academic officer, the chief student affairs officer, and the vice president for enrollment management. This discussion will focus on the data needs, retention literature, and stakeholder involvement that assisted Hartwick leaders in developing the plan. The college’s CAO and CSAO also will share strategies for overcoming obstacles.
Meg Nowak, Vice President for Student Affairs, Hartwick College
Michael G. Tannenbaum, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hartwick College
Developing Effective Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
It is a challenge to develop a comprehensive assessment model that measures student learning and institutional effectiveness and enriches the student learning experience. At American International College, “level descriptors” are tools that have contributed to the development of effective learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Participants will share practices used to strengthen assessment at their institutions.
Todd G. Fritch, Provost, American International College
Early Retirement Incentives for Tenured Faculty Members
How can CAOs promote early retirement plans to tenured faculty members? Participants will learn about the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of a successful early retirement incentive program at Christian Brothers University.
Frank Buscher, Vice President for Academics, Christian Brothers University
Engaging Part-Time Faculty Members in Institutional Mission
Part-time faculty members are an increasing constituency at many CIC institutions. What can the CAO do to ensure that part-time faculty members understand and are cognizant of the institution’s mission both inside and outside the classroom? Participants are invited to share programs and practices that have been successful on their campuses.
Steven J. Griffith, Senior Vice President and Academic Dean, Simpson College (IA)
Faculty Development Programs to Support Living-Learning Communities
This conversation will focus on how to design a program to assist faculty members in working effectively with student living-learning communities. What collaborations between faculty members and student affairs personnel are necessary? How can faculty members connect student learning in and out of the classroom?
Catharine O’Connell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Mary Baldwin College
Gauging “the Faculty Voice” in Faculty Meetings
Institutional leaders value clear messages about faculty opinion on important campus issues. Participants will learn how clicker technology can be used effectively to gauge the will of faculty members.
Kerry D. Fulcher, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University
Information Fluency
The goals of CIC’s Information Fluency in the Disciplines workshops, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are twofold: to infuse “fluency” into humanities majors and fields of concentration and help undergraduate students attain true information fluency in their major areas of study. Campus teams comprised of faculty members, a librarian, and the chief academic officer participate in intensive workshops during which they develop campus plans. The CIC senior advisor for the program will offer an assessment of the program and provide information about the 2014 Workshop on Philosophy, Religious Studies, and the History of Ideas to be held February 13–15, 2014, in Charleston, South Carolina. The application deadline is December 6, 2013.
Susanne Woods, Senior Advisor for Information Fluency, CIC
Intentional Student Leadership Development
Centenary College has implemented an innovative leadership development model that begins with an educational outreach program to high school students. Participants will be invited to discuss Centenary’s model and successful approaches to student leadership development from their own campuses.
Michael R. Hemphill, Provost and Dean of the College, Centenary College of Louisiana
Next Steps: Preparing Yourself for a Presidential Search
What steps should CAOs or CSAOs take to prepare themselves for a presidential search? Is there a best time to search? What are the key points to be addressed in a cover letter? What questions should be asked before applying for a position? What role does the search firm play in the process? Learn about the process from the president of a leading search firm.
Jessica S. Kozloff, President and Senior Consultant, Academic Search, Inc.
Online Learning and Residential Colleges
How should residential colleges that tout small class size, face-to-face instruction, and the value of a living and learning community respond to the demand for online learning? Participants will share experiences from their institutions and consortia, including ways to fund online teaching, the potential for revenue generation, the challenges of state authorization, and best practices for being both mission-focused and innovative.
Carolyn J. Stefanco, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Agnes Scott College
Partnering with Trustees
To integrate academic and student affairs, CIC institutions may want to consider changes to the committee structure of the board of trustees. Allegheny College combined its board committees on academic affairs and student affairs to enhance the board’s understanding of holistic education. Participants are invited to discuss other examples of beneficial administrator-trustee partnerships and collaboration.
Linda C. DeMeritt, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College
Joseph DiChristina, Dean of Students, Allegheny College
Renewal Strategies for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers
Both CAOs and CSAOs have workloads that demand long hours and frequent crisis management. How do they find time and space for personal and professional renewal? Participants are invited to share experiences, exchange renewal strategies, and provide one another a network of support.
Mary Ann Gawelek, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Seton Hill University
Social Media and Faculty/Student Relationships
Many students and faculty members are regular users of Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, and other forms of social media. The ease and speed of these tools have proven useful for communication between faculty members and their students, but they also have prompted less positive outcomes including allegations of inappropriate fraternization and even sexual harassment. What strategies can CAOs and CSAOs implement to promote the benefits of social media and help their campuses avoid negative repercussions?
Danny M. Parker, Provost, Anderson University (SC)
Transitioning from One Institution to Another
The careers of CAOs and CSAOs often involve transitions between institutions whose size, mission, location, and/or reputation are vastly different. Participants are invited to share their experiences when making such moves and the strategies that facilitated integration into their new campus communities.
Laura S. Armesto, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Midway College
Karen Petko, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Midway College
Writing an Effective QEP for SACS
Developing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a significant part of the reaccreditation process for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Participants will learn about a successful year-long process used at LaGrange College and have an opportunity to share their own campuses’ approaches and experiences.
David L. Garrison, Provost, LaGrange College
Marc Shook, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, LaGrange College

Monday, November 4
7:30–8:30 a.m.
Aligning the Assessment Goals and Processes of Academic and Student Affairs
At Lebanon Valley College, the CAO, the CSAO, and their staffs collaborated to coordinate goal-setting and assessment processes. The results are a new alignment of student affairs and general education goals, changes in committee structure, and an integrated planning and resource allocation process.
Michael Green, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Lebanon Valley College
Gregory Krikorian, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Lebanon Valley College
Aligning Vocation and Mission for Aspiring Presidents
CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program is designed to assist chief academic and chief student affairs officers as well as other senior administrators—and their spouses or partners—who are considering whether to seek a college presidency to clarify their own sense of calling, the significance of the mission of the institution they might lead, and how alignment between personal vocation and institutional mission fosters effective presidential leadership. In this session participants will learn more about the structure of the seminars and the nomination process for the 2014–2015 program.
Harold V. Hartley III, Senior Vice President, CIC
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
Does the structure of most learning environments encourage student cheating? What can academic and student administrators do to encourage faculty and staff members to transform academic and social structures to reduce student motivation to cheat? James Lang, associate professor of English and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, will discuss the ideas behind his new book, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, published by Harvard University Press.
James Lang, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College (MA)
CIC’s Leadership Programs: Senior Leadership Academy and Executive Leadership Academy
Learn about CIC’s newest year-long leadership programs, the Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) and the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA). The SLA prepares mid-level administrators for vice presidencies in independent higher education; the ELA prepares college and university vice presidents for presidencies.
Thomas R. Kepple, Jr., President, American Academic Leadership Institute, and President Emeritus, Juniata College
Collaborating to Enhance New Student Orientation
Albright College recently revamped its new student orientation program to provide a seamless introduction to college life. This discussion will focus on the collaborative process the CAO and the CSAO used and the positive results that followed implementation.
Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Albright College
Gina-Lyn Crance, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Albright College
Cross-Training for Student Success
Student success is everyone’s responsibility at small colleges and universities. This discussion will focus on cross-training faculty members and staff colleagues to strengthen the student-centeredness of a campus.
Robert D. Haak, Vice President and Dean of the College, Hiram College
Eric R. Riedel, Vice President and Dean of Students, Hiram College
Engaging Faculty Members and Students in Presidential Transitions
Presidential transitions can pose particular challenges for faculty members and students. Such times call for strong and directed leadership from both the CAO and the CSAO. Participants are invited to discuss effective practices for keeping morale strong and the campus vibrant during a presidential transition.
Carol A. Scheppard, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, Bridgewater College
Engineering and the Liberal Arts
This discussion will focus on the value to liberal arts colleges of offering an engineering program through partnership with a university. Participants will exchange their experiences of starting and maintaining engineering programs through partnerships and share advice with CAOs who are interested in developing similar programs.
Patricia Ann Fleming, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Saint Mary’s College (IN)
Evaluating Department Chairs
Too often department chairs are not formally evaluated or are reviewed by use of a standard faculty evaluation process that does not take their specialized duties into account. What types of chair evaluations are useful to help chairs develop professionally? Participants will learn about an annual performance evaluation specific to chairs recently developed by Notre Dame of Maryland University and will exchange information about best practices from other institutions.
Christine DeVinne, OSU, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Notre Dame of Maryland University
The Evolving Academic Library
The primary mission of many academic libraries has remained constant—to support success in teaching and learning. At the same time, library collections, services, and facilities are being transformed to accommodate new modes of instruction, content creation and licensing, and collaborative and interdisciplinary research and coursework. Libraries also are partnering with other campus offices in support of successful student experiences beyond the academic realm.
Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian, Ithaca College, and CIC Liaison to the Association of College and Research Libraries
Faculty Evaluation to Support Liberal Education Goals
At many CIC institutions, new expectations for faculty members to achieve liberal education goals include teaching interdisciplinary courses, guiding undergraduate research, and implementing high-impact pedagogical practices. How do these expectations affect the criteria and processes used in the evaluation of faculty members for tenure and promotion? CAOs are invited to discuss faculty evaluation criteria and processes on their campuses and how they are evolving in response to changing expectations for faculty members.
Johnnella E. Butler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spelman College
Making Best Use of MOOCs and Other Technologies
How are massive open online courses (MOOCs) and related technologies affecting CIC colleges and universities? Are they appropriate for our institutions? Are they “disrupting” higher education, as both critics and proponents claim? Participants are invited to share their perspectives on these questions and to discuss other considerations in campus decisions about offering and assessing MOOCs for credit.
Gerard P. O’Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Neumann University
Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)
NetVUE seeks to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among students and faculty and staff members at independent colleges and universities. Learn about ways your institution can benefit from NetVUE programs, conferences, grants, and services.
Shirley J. Roels, Senior Advisor for NetVUE, CIC
New CAO Workshop: Continuing the Conversation
New CAOs who participated in the New CAO Workshop will have an additional opportunity to discuss conference sessions, general concerns, and new ideas.
Michael A. McDonald, Provost, Kalamazoo College
Jeanine Silveira Stewart, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, McDaniel College
Overcoming Tensions between Academic and Student Affairs
Students benefit when the offices of academic affairs and student affairs work together collaboratively and avoid territorial tensions. Participants will discuss their campuses’ practices that build trust and foster productive relations between the CAO and CSAO and among their administrative teams.
Zauyah Waite, Vice President for Student Affairs, Chatham University
Wenying Xu, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University
Post-Graduate Data Collection: Best Practices and Implications
This discussion will focus on best practices for the collection and analysis of post-graduate data related to employment and earnings of recent alumni. Participants are invited to consider such issues as how proposed federal legislation might affect an institution’s collection and analysis of such data, how to define the key terms in post-graduate data, how to present the data to various constituents, and how to use the data for institutional improvement.
Joseph A. Kloba, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Kevin W. Abel, Dean of Students, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Repurposing Campus Spaces to Facilitate Out-of-Classroom Learning
This discussion will explore how to identify campus spaces that can be repurposed to promote informal faculty-student interaction and learning. CAOs and CSAOs are invited to share their creative and cost-effective solutions to providing space for student-centered activities and outside-the-classroom learning.
Mark L. Biermann, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Wartburg College
Summer Bridge Programs for Special Student Cohorts
Franklin College (IN) has had success with summer bridge programs that are academic rather than remedial in focus. This innovative approach targets incoming first-year students in three cohorts: football players, students with leadership experience, and students with musical interests. Participants will learn about the design, implementation, and assessment of these programs and discuss ideas for starting similar programs on their own campuses.
David G. Brailow, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Franklin College (IN)
Ellis F. Hall III, Dean of Students, Franklin College (IN)
Technology-Enhanced Advising
Analytical tools that quantify student engagement in online course components, “customer relations” software, and technology-enhanced early warning systems have the potential to transform academic advising. Participants from institutions that have adopted such technologies and those interested to learn more about the usefulness of such tools are invited to discuss their value and campus factors that can facilitate or detract from their effective use.
Elizabeth Domholdt, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica

Tuesday, November 5
7:30–8:45 a.m.
Adjuncts and the Affordable Care Act
Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, once an adjunct instructor is deemed to be working full-time (30 hours per week or more), then the college must provide health care coverage. Has your institution developed a formula for determining when an adjunct's workload is equivalent to full-time work? If so, have you started to implement this formula? Come to this session prepared to discuss what should be included in a formula and the nuts and bolts of its implementation.
Dale H. Simmons, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University
Breakfast Discussion: Evaluation of Digital Scholarship
More and more faculty members are engaging in forms of digital scholarship (such as blogs, artwork, online journals, and websites). How should digital work be evaluated for tenure, promotion, and merit raises? Participants are invited to share their ideas, policies, and questions about this new form of faculty scholarly and creative activity.
Kristine Bartanen, Academic Vice President and Dean of the University, University of Puget Sound
CSAO Discussions
You are invited to gather with other chief student affairs officers for informal discussion.
Convener: Mike Segawa, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Puget Sound
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Breakfast for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers
Chief academic and chief student affairs officers from HBCUs will meet for informal discussion.
Convener: Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Shaw University
Yes We Must Coalition Breakfast for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers
Member CAOs and CSAOs will meet for breakfast and discussion. Individuals interested in learning more about the Yes We Must Coalition are welcome.
Moderator: Ann Landis, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas University (GA)

Other Features
Idea Exchange
Conference participants are encouraged to share information with colleagues about their best programs, policies, and ideas. An area near the CIC Registration Desk will be available for display of these materials. To make this exchange a success, Institute participants are encouraged to bring a reference copy of each item and 50 business cards for easy follow-up after the conference. Speakers’ handouts and other materials also will be available in this area for the benefit of those who cannot attend a presentation.

Luncheon for Women CAOs and CSAOs
Sunday, November 3
Noon–1:30 p.m.

(Pre-registration required)

Robin Abramson, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Champlain College
Patricia Draves, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, University of Mount Union

Dine-around Dinners
Sunday, November 3
6:15 p.m.

CIC arranged informal dinners at a variety of restaurants in Pittsburgh to provide participants with opportunities to meet colleagues from other campuses and to exchange ideas. Conference participants should sign up before noon on Sunday at the CIC Registration Desk. Each group is guided by a CAO/CSAO Task Force member. Individuals pay for their own dinner. Transportation, if needed, is provided by CIC.

TIAA-CREF Consultations

(Sign up for all consultations at the CIC Registration Desk or online at

Wealth Management Consultants Dan Krivoniak and Joah Yeoman will be available to schedule appointments on Saturday, November 2, Noon–4:00 p.m., and for consultations on the following days:
Sunday, November 3, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 4, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 5, 8:00 a.m.–Noon

Worship Services
Roman Catholic Mass
The Roman Catholic Mass on site at the CIC Institute for CAOs and CSAOs has been cancelled. Institute participants who would like to attend Roman Catholic Mass on Sunday, November 3, at 7:30 a.m. are welcome at Saint Mary of Mercy Parish, 202 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, two blocks from the Wyndham Grand. A map will be available at the Registration Desk.

Ecumenical Service
A Christian ecumenical worship service will be held on Sunday, November 3, 8:00–8:30 a.m., led by Kenneth P. Carson, Provost, Geneva College.