Workshops

Please note that advance registration is required for all workshops. Most have limits on the number of participants. Spouses may register on a space available basis. Please pre-register for each workshop.


Saturday, January 5, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Where to Spend Scarce Resources: The Case of Three Liberal Arts Colleges
How do you choose where to allocate scarce resources? How can you do more with less? How do colleges with very different levels of resources choose how and what to provide—and what not to provide—to students? What difference does it make how much a college spends to educate its students? The cases of three liberal arts institutions—very similar in all respects except their level of expenditures (which range from $15,000 to $50,000 per student for instruction, academic support, and student services) will be discussed. Participants will actively consider challenging issues and relate outcomes to resources. Differences in financial aid policies as well as pricing and discounting strategies will be explored. Participants will gain insights into the trade-offs that can be made in prioritizing the use of resources and the impact that different choices can have on outcomes.
  • Lucie Lapovsky, Principal, Lapovsky Consulting and former president, Mercy College (NY)
Fee: $75


Saturday, January 5, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Building a New Case for Liberal Arts Colleges
Contemporary liberal arts colleges could be said to exist as actors in a storyline once introduced so aptly by Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The pressures each confronts—of economics, demographics, technology, and public skepticism—are enormous. Yet the emergence of creative new practices in teaching and learning, civic engagement, and intentional community in the United States and around the world demonstrate that there also is radical and positive transformation in our midst. How do presidents address problems while demonstrating the innovation that is already occurring? Can they develop a narrative that reflects not only survival but ultimately a great capacity to flourish in this new environment? The purpose of this workshop is to use all the assets of independent higher education to build a new case for liberal arts colleges. The interactive workshop will include three brief presentations: “The Changing Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities,” presented by Dan Weiss, “Passion for Our Future: Emerging Practices of Education, Democratic Community, and Freedom,” presented by Rebecca Chopp, and “I Just Want to Say One Word to You,” presented by Gene Tobin. The majority of the workshop will focus on three objectives: identifying the most pressing challenges that presidents confront; describing emerging practices; and outlining themes for a narrative that articulates the signs of hope in our midst even as it addresses the challenges we face.
  • Rebecca S. Chopp, President, Swarthmore College
  • Eugene M. Tobin, Program Officer for Higher Education and the Liberal Arts Colleges Program, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Daniel H. Weiss, President, Lafayette College
Fee: $50
 

Sunday, January 6, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Steering Decisions toward Successful Endowment Management
In a complex world of countless investment choices, how do presidents effectively navigate a path to reach endowment goals? This interactive workshop will help participants chart a course to:
  1. Explore solutions to achieve long-term investment objectives in a low-interest-rate environment;
  2. Investigate the differences between the outsourced chief investment officer model and a traditional consulting arrangement;
  3. Identify challenges and best practices for investment committee trustees; and
  4. Leverage board expertise while minimizing institutional risk and personal liability.
  • Marvin Barth, Senior Investment Manager, Portfolio Strategist, Covariance Capital Management, TIAA-CREF
  • Ronald L. Carter, President, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Thomas L. Hellie, President, Linfield College
  • Scott W. Wise, President and Chief Investment Officer, Covariance Capital Management, TIAA-CREF
Fee: $50


Sunday, January 6, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Strengthening the Public Purposes of Higher Education
This workshop will offer opportunities to explore and discuss broad initiatives to deepen the public purposes of higher education. A recent White House convening of education groups, “For Democracy’s Future—Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission,” marked a new stage in the movement to advance civic learning and democratic engagement. The convening also launched the American Commonwealth Partnership, a coalition of colleges and universities to promote institutions with signature records of education for citizenship. The workshop will explore topics of particular relevance to CIC presidents, including:
  1. “Shaping Our Future,” deliberative dialogues being organized in communities and campuses across the country on higher education’s public purposes;
  2. “Civic Science,” a new framework for creating partnerships between scientists and lay citizens on public problems;
  3. “Citizen Alum,” a new movement to strengthen partnerships between colleges and alumni; and
  4. Pedagogies of civic empowerment such as “Public Achievement” that educate students as engaged and active citizens.
Presenters will provide successful strategies for implementing these civic initiatives.
  • Harry Boyte, Co-director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College
  • James T. Harris III, President, Widener University
  • Beverly W. Hogan, President, Tougaloo College
  • Paul C. Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College
Fee: $50