CIC Publications

The following publications are available from the Council of Independent Colleges.
 

 Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: The Contributions of Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges

 
By P. Jesse Rine

Many assume that research universities, especially public institutions, are the backbone of American efforts to prepare undergraduate students in STEM fields and that these institutions are fulfilling this responsibility. Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: The Contributions of Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges demonstrates that many small and mid-sized independent colleges are preparing postsecondary students for a career and/or graduate study in STEM fields, and they are doing so in a more efficient way than larger institutions, contrary to public assumptions about the importance of scale. 2014, 26 pgs.

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 Engaging Evidence: How Independent Colleges and Universities Use Data to Improve Student Learning

 
By Mary Ann Coughlin

CIC published a report on the outcomes of the Engaging Evidence Consortium that describes lessons learned by the 40 participating colleges and universities. The primary goal of this initiative, generously funded by the Teagle Foundation, was to develop a network of colleges and universities that has learned how to use the results of student outcomes assessment to improve student learning. 2014, 22 pgs.

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 Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities

 
By David L. Clinefelter and Andrew J. Magda

To provide CIC member institutions with information about the current state of online instruction at CIC institutions, CIC partnered with The Learning House, Inc., which conducted a survey of CAOs and prepared the report, Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities: A Survey of Chief Academic Officers. The report summarizes the findings of the CAO survey and documents how online education is being used at CIC colleges and universities. 2013, 37 pgs.

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 Making Sure They Make It

 
Making Sure They Make ItBy Kerry J. Strand

Making Sure They Make It: Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students is the final report CIC/Walmart College Success Awards program funded by the Walmart Foundation. The report shares the lessons learned by faculty and staff members at 50 CIC member institutions as they extended, deepened, or otherwise improved already strong strategies to increase enrollments, retention, graduation, and learning of first-generation college students. 2013, 46 pgs.

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 Study of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

 
By Wei Song and Harold V. Hartley III

CIC’s report, A Study of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities, analyzes the demographic characteristics of CIC college and university presidents, their duties and responsibilities, satisfaction and frustrations in their work, and career paths and plans. The report also examines the presidential search process and conditions of employment. Comparisons were made with presidents of other types of institutions. 2012, 36 pgs.

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 An Analysis of Learning Outcomes of Underrepresented Students at Urban Institutions

 
By Josipa Roksa
 
CIC’s report, "An Analysis of Learning Outcomes of Underrepresented Students at Urban Institutions," examines the learning outcomes as measured by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) of low-income and first-generation students attending urban colleges and universities, and provides comparisons with similar students at non-urban institutions. The 19 CIC member institutions that participated in the study are part of the “Creating Pathways to Educational and Economic Opportunity in Urban Colleges and Universities” project, generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 2012, 36 pgs.
 
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 CIC Statement on Assessment

 
CIC has long been a national leader in voluntary efforts to improve the quality of student learning and a strong advocate of institutional autonomy in accountability efforts. Since 2001, CIC has tried to help its member colleges navigate through the array of initiatives that are underway—those by regional accreditors, foundation-supported projects, and various campus efforts—focusing on specific aspects of the overall topic at different times. CIC's Statement on Assessment summarizes these efforts.

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 Catalyst for Change: The CIC/CLA Consortium

 
By David C. Paris

Catalyst for Change: The CIC/CLA Consortium is a final report on the work of the CIC Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium, which piloted a way to measure student learning outcomes that is not overly burdensome to colleges and universities. The report highlights the efforts of 47 independent colleges and universities to make voluntary use of the CLA and describes the challenges faced and “best practices” learned in using assessment results to improve teaching and learning. It follows an interim report, Evidence of Learning: Applying the Collegiate Learning Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts College Experience, released in 2008, that was based on the Consortium’s 2004–2008 activities. 2011, 46 pgs.

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 CIC Study of Chief Academic Officers

 
CIC Study of Chief Academic OfficersBy Harold V. Hartley III and Eric E. Godin
 
CIC’s report, “A Study of Chief Academic Officers of Independent Colleges and Universities,” examines the characteristics, responsibilities, and career trajectories of chief academic officers (CAOs) of the nation’s small and mid-sized private, nonprofit colleges and universities. Using data from the American Council on Education’s The CAO Census: A National Profile of Chief Academic Officers, CIC analyzed the career pathways; demographic characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, and age; major field of study; current duties and responsibilities, including levels of satisfaction, time-consuming activities, best and most challenging relationships, and greatest frustrations; and career aspirations, looking specifically at CAOs’ interest in a college presidency. 2010, 44 pgs.
 
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 President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education - Volume II

 
president_to_president.jpgSponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and SunGard Higher Education

In Volume II, published in 2009, SunGard and the Council of Independent Colleges selected CIC member presidents to contribute essays based on their direct experiences with technology. In it, they try to answer a fundamental question: How can we use technology to improve the business of higher education while still honoring its mission? The technologies considered include everything from social media to cloud computing to analytics. In 2005, SunGard Higher Education published a first volume of President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, which addressed the strategic role of technology in transforming institutional operations.

The entire publication is available for download now on SunGard's website. If you are interested in receiving a hardcopy of the publication, please contact SunGard Higher Education by emailing Sandra.DeCastro@sungardhe.com.
 

 CIC Study of Presidential Career Patterns

 
prescareerstudy_reportcover2.jpgBy Harold V. Hartley III and Eric E. Godin
 
CIC’s report, “A Study of Career Patterns of the Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities,” examines the various career routes and other characteristics of first-time presidents. Using data from the American Council on Education’s American College President Study, CIC analyzed the career pathways; demographic characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, and age; major field of study; and sense of readiness for various presidential responsibilities of first-time American college and university presidents from 1986 to 2006. 2009, 26 pgs.
 
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 The First 120 Days: What a New College President Must Do to Succeed

 
120_days_small.jpgBy Jerold Panas

The premise of the book is that in the first 120 days, a new college or university president determines whether his or her tenure will be highly successful—or less than flourishing. Those first four months are a harbinger of the president's promise and fate. This book is written by Jerold Panas, an executive partner of one of the nation's premier higher education consulting firms, and is published by Institutions Press. 2008, 232 pgs.
 
Print copies are $30 per copy or $25 for five or more copies. There is a $3 per book shipping and handling fee for all orders. Credit card payment is accepted over the phone by calling CIC at (202) 466-7230.
 

 Evidence of Learning: Applying the Collegiate Learning Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts College Experience

 

CLAreport_large.jpgThis report highlights the experiences of the 33 members of CIC's Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium over the past three years as they used the CLA to measure student learning outcomes. The CLA instrument assesses how the college experience helps students develop such “higher order” cognitive skills as critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem-solving, and effective writing. 2008, 32 pgs.

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 Business and the Liberal Arts: Integrating Professional and Liberal Education

 
BLAS2007.jpgBy David Paris

This report highlights the second symposium on business and the liberal arts held by CIC with support from the James S. Kemper Foundation. The symposium, held in Chicago on May 2007, brought together faculty members and administrators from 24 colleges and universities to discuss programmatic examples of how studies in business and the liberal arts can be successfully combined, as well as strategies that independent liberal arts colleges and universities are employing to respond to the declining proportion of students with liberal arts degrees. 2007, 50 pgs.
 
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Note: The 2004 symposium report is also available in print or as a PDF. See below for details.
 

 Meeting the Challenge: America's Independent Colleges and Universities Since 1956

 

50th_publication.jpgThis book, prepared as part of the recognition of CIC's 50th anniversary, is comprised of three essays written for general audiences. The first, by historian John Thelin, reviews the evolution of independent colleges and universities in American higher education since the 1950s. The second, by former U.S. News & World Report editor Alvin Sanoff, examines the present contributions and current status of these institutions. The third essay, by Welch Suggs, formerly a journalist at The Chronicle of Higher Education, gives a brief history of CIC's half-century of service. 2005, 102 pgs, hardcover.

Pricing as follows: $20 for 1 copy; $17 each for 2-10 copies; $15 each for 11 or more copies. Shipping price included. Download the book

 

 Presidential Transitions in Private Colleges: Six Integrated Phases Essential for Success

 
presidential_transitions.jpgBy Robert C. Andringa and Allen P. Splete

This book on college and university presidential transitions is written for presidents, presidential candidates, and trustees. Because the average tenure for college presidents is just under seven years, and there are 4,200 accredited and degree-granting institutions in the United States, some 600 new presidents are chosen each year. About half of all presidencies end within five years. Particularly on small, private liberal arts campuses, presidential transitions generate anxiety and require more activity than almost any other institutional change. The authors intend for this book to provide a roadmap for those who find themselves leading the process of presidential transition. It has been published by CIC in collaboration with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. 2005, 98 pgs.
 
Pricing as follows: $18 for 1 copy; $16 each for 2-5 copies; $14 each for 6-10 copies; and $12 each for 11 or more copies. Shipping price included. To order copies, contact the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) at council@cccu.org.
 

 Powerful Partnerships: Independent Colleges Share High-impact Strategies for Low-income Students' Success

 
powerful_partnerships.jpgEdited by Richard Ekman, Russell Garth, and John F. Noonan
 
This book of essays by independent college and university presidents describes institutional efforts to promote access to and success in college for individuals from low-income families. The range of institutional initiatives includes assistance in preparing prospective students, outreach to increase awareness of opportunities, student financial aid strategies, student advising and support systems, instructional support, and incentives for completion of educational programs. It has been published by the Lumina Foundation for Education in collaboration with CIC as part of Lumina's New Agenda Series of publications. 2004, 126 pgs.
 
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 Teaching Scholar Partnerships: A Fresh Approach to College/School Collaborations

 
By W. Hutchinson Bearce

This paper is intended to be a handbook for independent college and university leaders interested in learning about a fresh approach to cooperation with local elementary, middle, and high schools. It draws from the Teaching Scholar Partnerships (TSP) program, a successful demonstration project that involved ten private institutions working in partnership with their local schools. 2004, 20 pgs.
 
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 Report of a Symposium on the Liberal Arts and Business

 
symposium.jpgEdited by Thomas F. Flynn

This report highlights a national symposium held at Elmhurst College (IL) in November 2003, during which college and university presidents and corporate leaders gathered for an intensive, day-long meeting to explore how the leadership in both the corporate community and at independent higher education institutions can learn from each other and benefit from a better understanding of the relevance of the liberal arts to careers in business. 2004, 28 pgs.
 
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 Information Technology Benchmarks: A Practical Guide for College and University Presidents

 
info_tech.jpgBy David Smallen and Karen Leach

This booklet is a handy reference guide for presidents who must make decisions about expensive technology purchases, often without an adequate framework for judging the appropriateness of an expenditure. Using recently available data from the Costs of Supporting Technology Services (COSTS) project, Smallen and Leach have highlighted six benchmarks that each institution can immediately begin to use in comparing its own efforts with those of other institutions in its Carnegie Classification. 2004, 31 pgs.

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 Building Partnerships with College Campuses: Community Perspectives

 
engaging_monograph.jpgBy Sally Leiderman, Andrew Furco, Jennifer Zapf, and Megan Goss

This monograph, Building Partnerships with College Campuses: Community Perspectives, provides the complete findings from a summit of community partners, along with their recommendations for improving community/campus engagement activities. Also available is a copy of the accompanying brochure that summarizes the key findings from the summit and outlines the major characteristics of successful community/campus partnerships. 2003, 26 pgs.

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 Journey to Service-Learning: Experiences From Independent Liberal Arts in Colleges and Universities

 
By Robert L. Sigmon and Colleagues
 
Combining theory with practice, and drawing on the work of nearly 200 private liberal arts colleges and universities, this new book from CIC offers suggestions and strategies for faculty and administrators seeking to develop, structure, and sustain programs in service learning. 1996, 183 pgs.
 
Pricing as follows: $25 per copy. Shipping price included.
 

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​To order copies, please email your request to CIC at cic@cic.nche.edu or contact us at (202) 466-7230 to place your request with credit card payment.