Roundtable Discussions

January 6, 2023

(Sponsored by FORVIS and Hunter Global Education, LLC)

Roundtable Discussions are designated for presidents who wish to join colleagues for informal conversation about topics of mutual interest. Please note that space is limited to the seating available in each room.

Activating Transformation Through Data and Technology

How can presidents ensure that data are leveraged to make informed decisions across their campuses? All too often siloed data repositories create barriers to unlocking insightful connections needed to make transformational plans. We will discuss ways in which data can be collected into one place, connected so that the inputs work together in a meaningful way, and activated across departments to make impactful changes to grow enrollments, guide strategies and investments, and transform the institution.

James Cowie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Collegis Education
Glena G. Temple, President, Dominican University (IL)

Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals    

The UN Sustainable Development Goals tackle issues of poverty, hunger, health, education, clean energy, economic growth, reduced inequality, peace, and justice, among others. Discuss strategies to integrate these UN goals with campus priorities and programs and provide leadership opportunities for students to engage in sustainable development-related projects.

Robert Brower, President, Point Loma Nazarene University
Sam Vaghar, Executive Director, Millennium Campus Network

Are You Offering Students a Differentiated and Compelling Value Proposition?

In today’s hypercompetitive higher-education marketplace, colleges’ ability to attract students depends increasingly on a differentiated value proposition. Forward-looking administrative leaders have ensured that their strategic planning efforts reflect this fact. This session will focus on related concepts, including how student value proposition (SVP) mapping gets schools beyond a limiting “product first” bias in their market positioning and strategies for developing SVPs that are broadly relevant for students, provable, and difficult for other institutions to replicate.

Sally Amoruso, Chief Partner Officer, EAB
Kevin M. Ross, President, Lynn University

Belong: An Inclusive Learning Community

Increase retention, build community among faculty and staff, and bring action to your commitment to diversity by joining other CIC members in the inaugural Belong cohort. With the launch of “BELONG: The CIC & ACUE Inclusive Learning Community”, CIC and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) are combining proven practices and professional certifications in a nationwide learning community. This new network—exclusive to CIC—responds to members’ desire to strengthen campus culture with inclusive practices and have both broad and deep impact through live webinars open to all of campus, access to resource library, ACUE credentials, and a community of practice similar to NetVUE. National studies show that students taught by ACUE-certified faculty learn more, complete more courses, and are retained in greater numbers, with greater equity by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Come learn more about the details and community design, and how to receive the inaugural member discount.

Bacari Brown, Partner Development Director, Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
Matt Trainum, Vice President of Networks and Strategic Partnerships, CIC

Collaboration to Strengthen the Business Model

CIC, in partnership with AGB, NACUBO, and Baker Tilly, has been working on a project for collaboration among the president, CFO, and board leaders to reimagine and strengthen the business model. Discussants will consider a range of collaborative efforts that could transform campus finances.

Miles K. Davis, President, Linfield University
Michael L. Frandsen, President, Wittenberg University

Fresh Approaches to Shared Governance

Shared Governance requires trust, partnership, investment, and assessment. In this session, we will discuss ways to strengthen faculty self-governance, increase communication between administration, board, and faculty, and move institutions forward collegially.

Steven Bahls, President Emeritus, Augustana College (IL)

Getting the Full Value from Your CIC Key Indicators Tool (KIT) and Financial Indicators Tool (FIT) Benchmarking Reports

This session will offer insights into effective uses of the KIT/FIT reports provided to member institutions by CIC. CIC data experts will be available for questions and will discuss the metrics most useful for presidents, senior leadership teams, and boards to consider as they use data to make strategic decisions about the direction of their institutions.

Jason Rivera, Director of Strategic Research, CIC
Mike Williams, Senior Advisor, Institutional Effectiveness and Research, CIC

New Insights on Tuition Resets

What have we learned from institutions that have undertaken tuition resets in recent years? An economist who has researched the matter will share trends, and presidents with experience will describe the process they used to decide to do a reset; how the decision to do the reset was made; and how the amount of the reset was decided upon. They will both also discuss what they did well and what they would do differently if they were to do it over again.

Lucie Lapovsky, Principal, Lapovsky Consulting, and former president, Mercy College (NY)
Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, President, William Jewell College
Susan D. Stuebner, President, Colby-Sawyer College

Presidential Longevity and Institutional Culture

With CIC presidents’ average length of service at 6.6 years (2016), member institutions are grappling with the impact of frequent leadership changes that can negatively impact institutional alignment, execution of vision, and ability to undertake transformational change—the result is often cultural stagnation and flagging student outcomes. Discussants will consider the hypothesis that long-term leaders create greater positive impact on institutional health and student success.

Tiffany Franks, President, Averett University
Emma Jones, Executive Vice President and Owner, Credo

Presidents Open Mic

(Open only to currently serving college and university presidents)
This forum is an opportunity for presidents to raise important topics and questions, including confidential and sensitive issues. The discussion is expected to be candid and broad ranging, covering topics such as specific administrative matters, institutional structures and staffing, dealings with the board, and the balance of presidents’ professional and personal lives. Guidance will be offered from other participating presidents.

Jeff Abernathy, President, Alma College

Social Impact of Next Generation Food Systems

Food has widespread impacts on climate change, pollution, water and energy management, equity, security, nutrition, economic and social justice, just to name a few. We need resilient food systems that can withstand and recover from disruptions in ways that ensure a sufficient supply of acceptable and accessible food for all. In this session, we will discuss the next generation of sustainable, local, equitable, and resilient food systems on college campuses.

Matthew Thompson, Chief Culinary Officer, Harvest Table Culinary Group

Sustaining Presidents and Institutions Through Executive Coaching

Presidential and executive sustainability and impact can be greatly enhanced with executive coaching. Executive coaches are trusted, confidential, and strategic partners and companions who are committed to helping presidents accomplish their leadership and institutional goals. Join us to discuss the process of executive coaching, as well as the individual and campus community benefits of executive coaching.

Steven E. Titus, Vice President and Executive Coaching Practice Leader, Academic Search

Telling Your Institution’s Story: Reframing Mission for Recruitment, Retention, and Student Success

The narratives we use to describe our institutions can help—or hinder—the way others understand the institution’s history, mission, and goals. Some institutions are thinking deeply about new ways to tell their stories, with positive outcomes for current and prospective students, as well as parents and graduates. Presidents who are spearheading efforts to “reframe the institutional saga,” with grant support from CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), will lead a discussion of the impact of these initiatives and share opportunities for presidents to lead such an initiative on their campus.

David S. Cunningham, Director of NetVUE, CIC
Devorah Lieberman, President, University of La Verne
David J. Livingston, President, Lewis University

Using LinkedIn to Track Recent Graduates

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and vital to college students looking for jobs. Come discuss not only how can serve students but also how it can help colleges and universities track and stay involved with alumni.

Ryan Zervakos, Account Director, LinkedIn Talent Solutions