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CIC strengthens independent colleges and universities and supports campus leaders on current and pressing priorities in higher education.
2024 Presidents InstituteThe Presidents Institute is an annually held meeting for presidents of independent colleges and universities that includes programs for new presidents and for spouses.Register Now
Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP)CIC–TEP is a network of CIC member colleges and universities that are willing to accept as students, tuition-free, full-time employees and their family members. Nearly 440 colleges and universities from 47 states and seven countries are participating.Read More
2024 New Presidents ProgramA leadership development program for college presidents in their first or second year and their spouses or partners that addresses the practical needs and strategic questions for success as leaders of independent colleges and universities.Register Now
Online Course Sharing ConsortiumThe CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium allows member institutions to support student success, expand curriculum, drive enrollment, and generate new revenue by sharing courses with trusted partners online.Read More
Executive Leadership Academy 2023–2024The Executive Leadership Academy helps prepare experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents. It includes two national seminars, readings, webinars, individualized experiential activities, and structured mentorship experiences.Read More
CIC Member DirectoryExplore a map and search a listing of CIC, TEP, and NetVUE members.Read More
What is an Independent College?
Simply defined, “independent” institutions are governed by boards of private citizens and operate independent of government control. They are nonprofit organizations supported primarily by tuition revenue, philanthropic gifts, and grants from foundations.Learn More
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Belong: An Inclusive Learning Community
Belong is a network of CIC member colleges and universities dedicated to making their campuses more welcoming and inclusive. Designed in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), Belong offers a suite of professional development resources for faculty and staff to support student belonging in class and campus-wide.
Belong works in concert with your campus’s distinctive mission and values, equipping faculty and staff with evidence-based skills and knowledge that increase student belonging and advance campus retention efforts.
CIC Shows Strength in Numbers
CIC affirmed a set of 4 strategic priorities and focus areas to guide future decision making and programming.
Financial aid: The amount of institution aid provided to undergraduates by CIC institutions tops $5 billion with another nearly $2 billion awarded in Pell Grants.
Not just for undergraduates: More than 78% of current CIC institutions have (any) graduate programs, but only 58% have Carnegie Graduate Programs.
The CIC Tuition Exchange Program resulted in 1,491 awards given during the 2022-2023 academic year to employees (and their families) of CIC institutions.
Insights, News, & Research
CIC Welcomes Ellen Peters in Strategic Research RoleThe Council of Independent Colleges announces that Ellen Peters will be CIC’s director of strategic research and assessment starting in mid-January 2024. Peters is currently the associate provost for institutional research, planning, and student success at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She’s worked in institutional research roles at Puget Sound, which is […]Read More
Academic Search Establishes Fund for Leadership Development: CIC Receives $500,000 GiftNovember 2023 — Washington, DC Academic Search, a leading executive search firm dedicated to higher education, proudly announces the establishment of the Academic Search Fund for Leadership Development through a donation of $1 million to be split equally between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). The […]Read More
New CIC Members Since August 2023Find a list of new CIC members since August 2023.Read More
Recent CIC Webinars to Support MembersIn response to CIC member data and requests for more information about ongoing topics in the sector, CIC has hosted four webinars since June 2023.Read More
Presidential Renewal ProgramThe Presidential Renewal Program is designed to support the personal renewal of experienced member presidents at CIC institutions who will continue to serve in the vital role of the college presidency. In addition to rich content, the seminars provide space for solitude and reflection with a small fellowship of presidents and partners seeking their own renewal.
2024 New Presidents ProgramA leadership development program for college presidents in their first or second year and their spouses or partners that addresses the practical needs and strategic questions for success as leaders of independent colleges and universities.
2024 Spouses and Partners of New Presidents ProgramThe Spouses and Partners of New Presidents Program runs concurrently with CIC’s New Presidents Program in advance of the Presidents Institute. A small team of experienced presidential spouses leads the group through a comprehensive exploration of the spouse and partner role and helps each participant understand how he or she can serve in that role most effectively and with personal fulfillment.