Research Round Robin and Networking Break

January 6, 2023

(Sponsored by RW Jones Agency)

Research Round Robins provide presidents access to the latest research on independent higher education topics in an open forum. Similar to an academic poster session, presidents are encouraged to visit as many tables as they like.

Accelerating a Turnaround: The Data and Dashboards One President Relies On

Presidents are often called upon to right the ship quickly; they need to focus their attention on the metrics and data that matter most. In this interactive session, Terry Keller, interim president of Lourdes University, will present the dashboards and data that he focused on as he worked quickly to strengthen his institution’s post-pandemic standing.

Terry Keller, Interim President, Lourdes University
Sheila Lang, Senior Vice President, Client Experience, Dynamic Campus
Patrick McAvoy, Executive Vice President, Dynamic Campus

Case Study: Data-Driven Strategies for Establishing a Grant-Seeking Culture

McAllister & Quinn, a federal grants consulting firm, will showcase data from CIC member colleges and universities that have implemented new strategies to create a more robust grant-seeking culture. The data will show the effectiveness of the strategies on revenue; faculty grant proposals; percentage of proposals funded; and diversification of funding sources. Facilitators will discuss the top strategies that campus leaders can implement and promote to create a grant-seeking culture.

Emily Cunningham, Team Leader for Higher Education Business Development, McAllister & Quinn
Jessica Gerrity, Senior Vice President, McAllister & Quinn

CIC Member Needs and Interests

This session will offer insights into the results from the 2022 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Member Engagement Survey. Member presidents and chief academic officers highlighted various needs and interests that are top of mind for their institutions. Results from the survey informed the development of CIC Strategic Priorities that are now influencing the work CIC does to help address the needs and interests identified by member institutions.

Jason Rivera, Director of Strategic Research, CIC

Data-Driven Assessments for Admissions, Goal Setting, and Retention

In this session, we will discuss strategies for using objective assessments of noncognitive attributes in the admissions process. We will also provide insights on how to use assessments to improve retention by encouraging students to set goals for growth in their academic and personal lives at your institution. The presentation will be data-driven, and will draw on empirical research, as well as on Stevens Strategy‘s experience working with clients who have opted to use the Applicant Success Assessment.

Rachel Pauletti, Director of Consulting, Stevens Strategy, LLC

Five Tips for CIC Presidents on How to Attract Adult Learners: The Latest Eduventures Data

To offset challenges in the traditional undergraduate market, many CIC presidents are targeting adult learners, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. But these markets are crowded, too. Join us for insights from the latest adult demand and enrollment data—including pre-publication findings from Eduventures’ late-2022 Adult Prospect Survey—and lessons from CIC schools with a winning strategy.

Richard Garrett, Chief Research Officer, Eduventures

Fixing the Broken Business Model with Growth

Higher education institutions face challenges endemic to how much it costs to run the institutions compared to how much is received in tuition, room, board, fees, and gifts, which will not be solved by “trimming around the edges.” We need structural change that preserves what makes our institutions unique but ensures the financial sustainability of both our institutions and our students. Over 90 campuses are collaborating to offer new, high-skill majors that grow enrollment without significant upfront investment. This session will present case studies of a model that is generating millions of dollars for partner institutions and will also explore the core elements of structural change that all institutions must consider.

Jeffrey R. Docking, President, Adrian College and Co-Founder and Advisor, Rize Education

High Impact Practices: Digest of Recent Research

Matt Mayhew will provide insights into recent research that demonstrate the necessary components of high impact practices that are most effective for improving student retention and engagement. This research is focused on the essential elements necessary for known high impact practices to have the best effect.

Matthew J. Mayhew, William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration, The Ohio State University, and Editor, Digest of Recent Research, CIC

Industry Survey Findings: How Much Stake Do Institutions Have in Nontraditional Academic Credentials?

The way learners consume education has changed. Many are seeking hybrid learning options or short-term courses to get the skills they need to succeed. The demand for nontraditional academic credentials like certificates, microcredentials, and stackable degrees is on the rise. It looks like colleges are responding and increasingly offering alternatives to the traditional degree, but there is still much to discover about this new learning methodology. Recently, Jenzabar conducted a study to uncover trends, insights, and lessons learned related to offering alternatives to traditional academic credentials. In this session, we’ll share the results of our survey and discuss how institutions are creating pathways to make higher education accessible, affordable, and attainable for all learners.

Omer Riaz, Vice President of Strategy & Innovation at Jenzabar

Inclusive Teaching to Close Opportunity Gaps

Discuss research demonstrating positive outcomes for Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)-certified educators in closing opportunity gaps at multiple institutions across the country.  These impact studies show better outcomes on a variety of indicators for historically underserved students and support the foundation of CIC’s new BELONG network. Join us to learn more.

Elizabeth K. Lawner, Director of Research, Association of College and University Educators
Theo Pippins, Senior Research Associate, Association of College and University Educators

International Enrollment Management and Big Data

Universities face twin hurdles of future growth and greater diversification. Increasing international enrollment offers a solution. Institutions are rethinking key aspects of international student recruitment, including program offerings, campus capacity, undergraduate and postgraduate pricing, market-based admissions standards, and opportunities for new student pipelines. This session will offer a summary of predictive analytics derived from over 23 million international student records and a discussion of the trends affecting U.S. enrollments as students increasingly look towards Canadian, U.K., and Australian options for higher education.

Basil Cleveland, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Shorelight

Retention of High Performing and High Potential Talent

COVID-19 set us on a course toward the tightest labor market that the United States has experienced in at least a generation. How has the pandemic shuffled the deck and motivated institutions to be more intentional about strategic retention? Join us for insights on how compensation, career, and culture can guide an institution toward informed choices about the leadership of tomorrow.

Alexander Yaffe, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer

SECURE 2.0: What Changes Can You Expect to Retirement Plan Offerings?

Join TIAA’s director, Jeff Musell, for an update on Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) 2.0, a comprehensive legislative proposal currently moving through Congress. Musell will provide the status of the legislation, an overview of some of the key regulatory provisions for retirement plans, and what higher education leaders should be thinking about as this bill moves toward enactment.

Jeff Musell, Director, TIAA