CIC Network Participation

Most CIC members take advantage of at least one CIC network and a high percentage of institutions take advantage of multiple networks. CIC offers these networks to advance your institution’s goals, mission, and priorities.

  1. Online Course Sharing Consortium (OCSC) – A way to start new programs, share classes, keep students on track to graduation, retain summer revenue, and more
  2. Tuition Exchange Program (TEP) – A premier staff and faculty retention offering
  3. Belong: An Inclusive Learning Community – A suite of professional development equipping your campus to support all learners
  4. Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) – A national network to enrich vocational exploration and discernment
bar graph of CIC network participation

Online Course Sharing Consortium (OCSC)

The Online Course Sharing Consortium (OCSC) allows CIC member colleges and universities to share courses, transfer credits and financial aid in-house, and arrange for tuition payments through an online platform maintained by CIC’s partner Acadeum. OCSC has expanded to support developing new majors and offering additional credentials.

  • 310: CIC members in the consortium
  • 20%: Growth in summer offerings from OCSC members
  • 8,600: Open seats OCSC institutions filled in classes last year (up 41% from the prior year), providing revenue for the teaching institution and saving money for the student’s institution
  • 9,018: Courses available on the OCSC platform
Online Course Sharing Consortium: 310 CIC members; 20% growth in summer offerings; 8,600 open seats providing revenue for the teaching institution and saving money for the students institution; 9,018 courses available on the OCSC platform

Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP)

CIC-TEP is a network of member colleges and universities that accept full-time employees of participating institutions and their family members as full-time students, tuition-free. An online portal facilitates the student application tracking and review processes. Nearly two-thirds of CIC member institutions participate.

  • 422: Institutions registered
  • 2,616: Students applying
  • 1,756: Awards offered
Tuition Exchange Program: 422 institutions registered; 2,616 students applying; 1,756 awards offered

Belong: An Inclusive Learning Community

Belong offers a suite of professional development resources for faculty and staff to support student belonging in class and campuswide. Many Belong campuses are having 20–30 percent of their employees attend the campus-wide webinars, the push resources are reaching faculty and staff serving 100,000 students, and the community of practice is connecting campus leaders, providing a network of support at a difficult moment. Additionally, the impact of Belong’s microcredential is being felt on campuses nationwide:

  • 98% of course-takers report the course helped with their professional practice,
  • 82% report more positive beliefs about inclusive teaching and 60% report more positive believes about students,
  • 34% of course-takers had more than 20 years of experience, and still reported deep learning,
  • Each individual course-taker plans to implement ten additional practices, leading to 1,710 new success practices coming to CIC campuses this fall.

Course-takers more than doubled their confidence with topics in the post course survey:

Bar graph depicting increase in confidence after taking Belong course

Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)

The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) is a nationwide network to support and enrich vocational exploration and discernment among undergraduate students. NetVUE is supported by the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc. and member dues. Activities include a biennial national conference, regional gatherings and multi-campus collaborations, faculty seminars, campus visits and consulting services, online resources and networking, and the development of scholarly resources. In addition, to support professional development and vocation-related programming, a variety of grant opportunities are available.

Note: Data reflect July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023.