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CIC strengthens independent colleges and universities and supports campus leaders on current and pressing priorities in higher education.
2023 Institute for Chief Academic Officers with Chief Advancement and Chief Communication and Marketing OfficersThis annually held meeting brings chief academic officers of independent colleges and universities together, and includes special programming for new CAOs and CAOs in their third and fourth year. This year's Institute will be jointly held with chief advancement and chief communication and marketing officers.Register Now
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
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 President To Serve on the Future of the Church-Related University Advisory BoardThe Lilly Fellows Program, based at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, in partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University’s Lumen Research Institute in Marion, IN, announces the establishment of the “Future of the Church-Related University” consultation and that CIC President Marjorie Hass will serve on the advisory board. Over the course of the last decade, the landscape […]Read More
Council of Independent Colleges Begins Pilot Corporate Affiliate Program with Two Initial OfferingsThe Council of Independent Colleges is piloting a Corporate Affiliate program to provide members with discounted services and products and, at the same time, encourage companies to invest in the independent higher education sector.Read More
President’s MessageRead more from CIC President Marjorie Hass about how CIC programs are developing leaders, supporting campus success, and serving as a leading voice of independent higher education.Read More
CIC Selects 25 Institutions for Inaugural Work-Based Learning ConsortiumCIC announced in August 2023 the selection of 25 member institutions to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) Consortium, which will provide a national community of practice to support institutions in easing student barriers to internship access and job market preparation, particularly for students from under-represented groups.Read More
2023 NetVUE Gathering at Waynesburg University: Vocational Exploration in the ClassroomThis event will provide faculty members with concrete strategies for vocational exploration and reflection that they can integrate into their teaching. Participants will reflect on their definition of vocation, share current practices, and discuss innovative methods for helping students make connections among coursework, service, and career goals.
An Introduction to Student Ally: A Title IX SolutionAs you know, Title IX requirements have expanded dramatically in the last 5 years, as have student and parent expectations regarding safety and support resources. While state universities have created and staffed new departments to mitigate the risk of Title IX liabilities, the tools that CIC member institutions need to keep pace haven’t always been available.
2023 Foundation ConversationThe Foundation Conversation is an annual meeting of dialogue for corporate and private foundation officers and leaders of liberal arts colleges and universities.