The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has published a report on “Innovation and the Independent College” as the result of a series of workshops in the future value of the liberal arts and of independent colleges and universities. Approximately 500 presidents, chief academic officers, senior administrators and faculty leaders from over 120 independent non-profit HE institutions explored key trends in higher education and society, the pressures that individual colleges and universities face, and potential solutions.
The report does not have an Executive Summary and apparently wasn’t designed to give one singular message. It reads more like a recipe book aimed to give those who read it – or glance it through – some new ideas or possibly just inspiration for the challenges they face at their own institution.
The courses on the menu focus on Athletics, Career Connections, Community Engagement, Consortial Agreements, Cost containment, Curricular reform, New academic programmes and New students. Each section gives ‘challenges’ and ‘questions’, leaving it to the users to formulate their own answers.