New Realities, New Solutions

2016 Institute for Chief Academic Officers 11/4/201611/4/201611/7/201611/7/2016 Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel New Orleans, LA

About the Institute

​​​​​​The 2016 Institute for Chief Academic Officers will focus on changes in the core responsibilities of the chief academic officer and strategies to sustain strong academic leadership. For the institution to succeed, the entire academic leadership team must be seamlessly integrated and committed to the college or university’s distinctive mission. Associate provosts and assistant academic vice presidents who understand the wider vision for the campus can assume new responsibilities and be tenacious in pursuit of both their goals for specific domains and broader institutional responsibilities.

The challenges that academic administrators face today include stresses on shared governance, expanded definitions of faculty work, public challenges to free speech inside and outside the classroom, relentless pressure from social media to respond to campus events rapidly and publicly, unsustainable financial models, campus cultures that are not as diverse or inclusive as desired, and the need to take prompt action to address incidents of sexual assault. The theme of the 2016 Institute, “New Realities, New Solutions,” provides a framework for both deliberation and action on these and other pressing issues and for candid sharing of both successes and persistent challenges. Institute sessions will provide advice and concrete examples for CAOs and their teams to consider on such topics as diversity and inclusion on campus, interactions with students on social media, and fostering students’ progress toward degrees. Other sessions will explore additional areas of institutional leadership that CAOs and their teams often address together, including institution-wide changes, making the most of limited resources, and working within shared governance.

The 2016 Institute also offers opportunities to learn how to analyze faculty workload more effectively, utilize nontraditional faculty contracts, and support contingent faculty. Concurrent sessions will feature practical advice on revising and assessing the core curriculum, motivating underperforming faculty, and integrating professional and liberal arts curricula. Sessions on shared governance will provide fresh perspectives on academic infrastructure, the CAO’s role in faculty governance, and faculty evaluation rubrics. Chief academic officers and other academic administrators also will have opportunities to discuss leadership development for faculty members and mid-level academic administrators.

The 2016 Institute for Chief Academic Officers is intended to help participants develop the shared vision, collaborative spirit, and effective partnerships that are essential elements to move institutions toward successful innovation. Perhaps most importantly, the Institute offers opportunities for chief academic officers and their academic teams to share—with candor—ideas, practical solutions, and effective practices with colleagues from across the country and abroad.

Who Should Participate?

CIC invites chief academic officers (who may hold the title of provost, vice president for academic affairs, or dean of the college, among others) of all independent colleges and universities to participate in this annual Institute. Chief academic officers are encouraged to invite members of their academic leadership team—for example, associate and assistant provosts, associate and assistant vice presidents, or academic deans—to participate with them in the Institute to enhance collaborative work in academic affairs. Experienced chief academic officers will be presenters in most of the concurrent sessions, together with other experts.

To support team development, CIC offers a discounted registration fee for additional administrators from the same institution.

Featured Speakers



  • Katherine W. Phillips
    Katherine W. Phillips
    Columbia University Business School
  • Jeff Selingo
    Jeff Selingo
    Washington Post; Arizona State University
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Spelman College
  • Carl E. Wieman
    Carl E. Wieman
    Stanford University


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  • Institute Registration and Idea Exchange
  • Consultations
  • Ecumenical Worship Service
  • Roman Catholic Mass
  • Plenary Session: "‘Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?’ and Other Campus Conversations about Race"
  • Welcome Coffee for CAO Spouses and Partners
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Free Time for Lunch
  • Women’s Luncheon and Discussion Groups for CAOs and Academic Team Members
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • New CAO Mentor Program
  • CIC Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy Alumni Reception
  • Reception for Alumni of CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program
  • Dine-around Dinners
  • Institute Registration and Idea Exchange
  • Breakfast Discussions
  • Consultations
  • Plenary Session: "How Diversity Makes Us Smarter"
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Workshop for CAOs in Their Third or Fourth Year of Service
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Free Time for Lunch
  • Meetings of Associated Organizations
  • Optional Excursion: City Tour
  • Workshop: "Aligning Planning with Resource Allocation and Assessment"
  • Workshop: "Challenges to Shared Governance in a Time of Constrained Resources"
  • Workshop: "Improving Students’ Financial Literacy—Strategies that Work"
  • Workshop for New Academic Team Members
  • Free Time for Dinner
  • Meetings of Associated Organizations
  • New CAO Mentors Orientation Meeting (By invitation only)
  • Institute Registration and Idea Exchange
  • Breakfast and Poster Session
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Closing Plenary Session: "Demonstrating Improvements in Teaching"
  • CAO Task Force Meeting
  • Meetings of Associated Organizations
  • Optional Excursion: Swamp Tour
  • Lutheran Colleges and Universities Chief Academic Officers Meeting
  • Senior Leadership Academy (By invitation only)
  • Mennonite Colleges Chief Academic Officers Meeting
  • Welcome and Keynote Address: "There Is Life after College"
  • Concordia University System Chief Academic Officers Meeting
  • Catholic Colleges and Universities Chief Academic Officers Meeting
  • Chief Academic Officers Task Force Meeting (By invitation only)
  • Mentors Meet New CAOs (By invitation only)
  • Welcoming Reception

Sharing Ideas with Colleagues


Retirement Consultation

TIAA counselors will be available for personal consultations with Institute participants for one-hour sessions during the conference. Sign up at the CIC Registration Desk to discuss personal financial planning for retirement.

Faculty Compensation and Benefits Consultation

Frank A. Casagrande, president of Casagrande Consulting, LLC, will be available for individual consultations with Institute participants to discuss the nuances of faculty compensation philosophies, structures, and best practices. Sign up at the CIC Registration Desk or contact Casagrande at (404) 200-5941 or

Negotiating Presidential Compensation and Benefits Consultation

Casagrande also will be available for personal consultations with CAOs who are candidates for presidential positions to discuss compensation and benefits for incoming presidents. Sign up at the CIC Registration Desk or contact Casagrande.

 Poster Session

As a new feature this year, a poster session on dashboards for academic affairs will be held during breakfast on Tuesday, November 8, 7:30–9:00 a.m. (Posters must be removed by 9:15 a.m.) Poster boards will be placed around the room. Participants are invited to bring examples of dashboards used to track data on academic affairs for presentations to trustees, the cabinet, faculty members, and other groups. The poster should focus on which types of data are tracked and how they are displayed, not on the data themselves (which can be included or not). Poster size is limited to four feet by four feet and participation is limited to the first 50 proposals accepted. To apply for a space, please contact Kathy Whatley at Participants should be prepared to discuss their data choices and presentation strategies with colleagues.

 Idea Exchange

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

 Breakfast Discussions

Discussion sessions on Sunday and Monday mornings provide opportunities to gain practical advice from colleagues. Topics will include current issues and perennial concerns of CAOs. Discussion facilitators will be colleagues experienced with each topic. Suggestions for topics or leaders should be directed to Jonnie G. Guerra, CIC senior advisor, at or (765) 463-3415. To date the following breakfast discussions are planned:
  • Academic Honesty Policies
  • Aligning Vocation and Mission for Aspiring Presidents
  • Bringing a CIC Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow to Campus
  • CAOs and CFOs: Partners or Competitors?
  • Celebrating Faculty Success
  • CIC Benchmarking Reports: Key Indicator Tool (KIT) and Financial Indicators Tool (FIT)
  • CIC’s Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy
  • CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program
  • Communication Strategies for Academic Teams
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Academic Leaders
  • Developing a Collaborative Academic Leadership Team
  • Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives That Reshape Campus Culture
  • Enrollment Capacity in Academic Programs
  • Faculty Credentials and Qualifications
  • Getting on the Same Page:  How to Make Faculty Handbook Revision a Success
  • Guiding Students to "Do Their Disciplines" Through Performance Learning
  • Instead of Competing, Collaborate
  • Launching an Open Textbook Initiative and Z Degree
  • Making Connections to Your Students’ Cultures
  • Managing Information Technology Departments and Instructional Designers
  • Managing Up: The CAO’s Relationship with the President
  • Navigating the Retention Vortex of Late Registration
  • New Solutions: CAOs as Partners in Fundraising
  • Online Programs: Home-Grown or Outsourced?
  • Opportunities within CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)
  • Orienting New Faculty Members to Institutional Mission
  • Partnerships with Chinese Universities
  • Promoting Undergraduate Research
  • Selecting Peer and Aspirant Institutions
  • Senior Faculty Members as Strategic Partners
  • Shepherding the Institution through the Reaccreditation Process
  • Special Challenges of Health Sciences Programs
  • Strategies to Improve Faculty Members' Collegiality
  • The CAO's Relationship with the Board of Trustees
  • The Challenges of Nine-Month Contracts on Twelve-Month Campuses
  • The Role of Digital Learning in a Liberal Arts Curriculum
  • Tips for Implementing a New Core Curriculum
  • Top Trends for Academic Libraries
  • We’re On the Same Side: Building Bridges Between Academic Affairs and Student Life
  • What's on the Chief Academic Officer's Book Shelf?
  • Workshop for New CAOs: Continuing the Conversation

Hotel and Travel


​Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
(504) 561-1234

 Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel at duskAll program sessions of the Institute for Chief Academic Officers will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel.

Room Rate: $185 single/double
Hotel Cut-off Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel is located in downtown New Orleans, near many cultural, shopping, and entertainment options. Nearby attractions include the French Quarter, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Champions Square, Julia Street Art Galleries, World War II Museum, Aquarium of the Americas and IMAX Theater, Port of New Orleans, and the Mississippi Riverfront.

The Loyola Avenue Streetcar, which passes directly in front the hotel, can take guests on a scenic tour of New Orleans’s most famous attractions including the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and Garden District. Streetcar fare is $1.25 each way, and Jazzy Passes for unlimited rides are $3 per day.

Hotel reservations can be booked online or call (888) 421-1442 and refer to the Council of Independent Colleges’ Institute for Chief Academic Officers. Reservations made after the cut-off date cannot be guaranteed at the conference rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis. A limited number of rooms will be available before and after the Institute dates at the Institute rate. Contact the hotel for details.

Dress Guidelines

Business casual wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is suggested only for the opening keynote address and the following reception and buffet dinner on Saturday, November 5. If you plan to participate in any of the optional excursions, please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring along a hat and sunglasses.



The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is located about 12 miles from the hotel.

Driving Directions

Upon leaving the airport, take Interstate I-10 East toward downtown. Stay in the right lane. Take exit #234-B (Poydras/Superdome). Take the exit on the left to Poydras Street. Proceed on Poydras Street. Turn right onto Loyola Avenue. The Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel will be on the right.


Overnight valet parking is available at the hotel at $40 per night.


Taxi service is available from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to and from the hotel for a fare of about $36 (one way) for up to two passengers. There is a $15 per person charge for each additional passenger. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage.

Shuttle Service

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans extends to its guests a 5 percent discount on shuttle transportation booked through its partner Book transportation online.
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the central business district for a discounted fare of about $23 (per person, one-way) or $42 (per person, round-trip) with up to three bags per person. Advance reservations are required 48 hours prior to travel for all ADA accessible transfers. Please call in advance of your travel date to reserve the specially-equipped shuttle.

Airport Limousines

Airport Limousine is the official limousine service for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Convenient kiosks are located in the baggage claim area, and curbside pickups are available. Rates begin at $58 for one or two passengers.


Union Station is located at 1001 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans, about a quarter mile south of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Passengers should use limousine, public bus, or taxi service for transfers between the station and the hotel.

Sponsors and Task Force

​CIC is grateful to the following sponsors (to date) for their support of the Institute:



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Chief Academic Officers Task Force

The program of the 2016 Institute for Chief Academic Officers is being planned with the assistance of CIC’s Chief Academic Officers Task Force:

Pareena Lawrence, Provost and Dean of the College, Augustana College (IL) (Chair)
Chad Berry, Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty, Berea College
Mary K. Boyd, Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Edward’s University
Lily D. McNair, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wagner College
Leanne M. Neilson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California Lutheran
Laura Niesen de Abruña, Provost, York College of Pennsylvania
Stephany Schlachter, Provost, Lewis University
Andrew Workman, Provost and Senior Vice President, Roger Williams University