Program Overview

National Challenges, State Fund Strategies
In a changing national environment for higher education, State Funds and their member colleges continue to rethink strategies and to find new ways to make their case to the public. While seeking to increase support of member colleges from the corporate and foundation sectors, State Funds also are looking for innovative ways to help their members and to enhance public awareness of the importance of traditional residential liberal arts colleges and universities. To help State Funds address these critical issues, this year’s State Funds Annual Conference will focus on “National Challenges, State Fund Strategies.”

A full range of programming includes plenary sessions, panel presentations, roundtable discussions, opportunities for sharing best practices, and workshops on topics of importance to State Fund executives and staff. A centerpiece of the conference will be a special workshop on engaging State Funds in CIC’s national campaign, “Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education.” In addition, four leadership development sessions will focus on core issues of communications and marketing, scholarship fundraising, legal issues for nonprofits, and board relations. The conference also will include a discussion with college presidents on an emerging top priority—expanding career connections for students—with consideration of how our consortia can be instrumental in helping member colleges address this need.

The conference begins with an opening reception on Sunday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. CDT. Monday begins with a breakfast keynote address by Georgia Nugent, CIC senior fellow and president emerita of Kenyon College, and will include a strong lineup of morning and afternoon program sessions. That evening features the Awards Dinner where the Charles W.L. Foreman Award will be presented. On Tuesday, two nationally known speakers will give morning presentations, to be followed by a special closing luncheon program that includes a networking roundtable discussion of program ideas for “making the case” more effectively to the public.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 CIC State Funds Annual Conference!