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Hetrick, Barbara; Whyte, Susan Barnes – Council of Independent Colleges, 2020
From 2015 through 2019, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) conducted a project that was intended to test the utility of Shared Shelf to the teaching and research needs of small colleges. Shared Shelf (now called JSTOR Forum) made it possible for a collection of material assembled by one faculty member--for example, butterfly specimens--to…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Higher Education
Suggs, David Welch, Jr.; May-Trifiletti, Jennifer; Hearn, James C. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2020
The popular image of college football is that of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I programs whose nationally known student athletes participate in televised bowl games before being drafted by the National Football League (sometimes entering the draft before finishing college). The salaries of Division I team coaches can…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Private Colleges, Small Colleges
Zumeta, William; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Council of Independent Colleges, 2020
This analytical report responds to the current policy interest in some states in offering "tuition-free college" to income-eligible students attending certain public colleges and universities. In most cases only public two-year colleges are covered, although New York State's Excelsior Scholarship program also covers public four-year…
Descriptors: State Programs, Access to Education, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
Council of Independent Colleges, 2020
"Free college" has become a catch phrase for a variety of policy proposals intended to support this national priority. Most free college proposals share important goals: to reduce costs to students and families, to increase the number of college graduates, and to help students acquire skills needed in the workforce. Free college…
Descriptors: State Programs, Program Effectiveness, Access to Education, Student Costs
Suggs, David Welch, Jr.; May-Trifiletti, Jennifer; Hearn, James C.; O'Connell, Julianne – Council of Independent Colleges, 2020
Esports are not a conventional fit with a traditional model of college life. However, this has not stopped them from becoming extraordinarily popular, particularly among independent colleges. In the broader culture, esports have an entire ecosystem supporting them. International events can draw crowds in the hundreds of millions, and professional…
Descriptors: Video Games, Private Colleges, Student Organizations, Extracurricular Activities
Ransom, Tafaya; Gebhardt, Zachary; Knepler, Erin; Selfa, Lance A. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2019
The 2014 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) report, "Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: The Contributions of Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges," demonstrated the critical role this sector of higher education institutions plays in preparing its students for success in obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in science,…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Private Colleges, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation
Hetrick, Barbara; Marcum, Deanna – Council of Independent Colleges, 2019
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction was launched in 2014 with a series of specific questions about the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of online teaching and learning. As this report documents, many but not all of the questions were answered during the course of the project. Students and…
Descriptors: Humanities Instruction, Online Courses, Program Effectiveness, College Faculty
Council of Independent Colleges, 2019
With student loan debt reaching approximately $1.5 trillion, many are concerned that student loans may be the next financial bubble to burst. They cite students with loans of more than $100,000 and ballooning loan default rates. They contend that borrowing for higher education may not be worth the financial risks. Some even argue that students…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Paying for College, Loan Default
McBain, Lesley – Council of Independent Colleges, 2019
Chief academic officers (CAOs) of independent colleges and universities are the principal leaders of their institutions' academic programs. As such, they oversee the core teaching, research, and academic service functions of their colleges and universities. They also often serve as the seconds-in-command of their institutions after the president;…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, College Administration, Administrators, Department Heads
Hetrick, Barbara; Katz, Philip M.; Nugent, S. Georgia – Council of Independent Colleges, 2018
The signature activity of the Council of Independent Colleges' (CIC) initiative, "Securing America's Future," was a series of eight workshops hosted by CIC member presidents on campuses across the nation in 2016-2017. The goals of these workshops were to help member colleges and universities prepare for the future more effectively and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Workshops, Private Colleges, Administrators
Council of Independent Colleges, 2018
With student loan debt reaching approximately $1.4 trillion, critics are concerned that student loans may be the next financial bubble to burst. They cite students with loans of more than $100,000 and ballooning loan default rates. They contend that borrowing for higher education may not be worth the financial risks, especially for students who…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Loan Default, Loan Repayment
Chessman, Hollie M.; Hartley, Harold V., III; Williams, Michael – Council of Independent Colleges, 2017
This report explores the financial resilience of independent colleges and universities through an analysis of 14 years (fiscal years 2001-2014) of financial data from 559 private nondoctoral institutions. Through analysis of financial performance in several domains, the data reveal that the majority of independent baccalaureate and master's-level…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Educational Finance, Institutional Characteristics, Money Management
Zumeta, William; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Council of Independent Colleges, 2017
America's diverse higher education landscape includes more than 700 four-year nonprofit colleges and universities that focus on baccalaureate education. These private nondoctoral (PND) institutions are located in almost every state and collectively enroll about 1.6 million students and award nearly 150,000 degrees annually, with the majority of…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Universities, Educational Policy, State Policy
Morphew, Christopher; Ward, Kelly; Wolf-Wendel, Lisa – Council of Independent Colleges, 2016
This report provides empirical evidence about specific trends in faculty staffing, roles, and responsibilities at smaller private liberal arts institutions in the United States, with a focus on the more than 600 four-year colleges and universities that are members of the Council of Independent Colleges. It also addresses how the changing…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Liberal Arts, College Faculty, Surveys
Katz, Philip M. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2016
Independent colleges and universities are cautious adopters of online education for undergraduate students. These institutions seek to balance a tradition of student-focused pedagogy in face-to-face settings and faculty wariness of online courses against the promise of lower instructional costs, changing student expectations, and the potential for…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Undergraduate Students, Private Colleges
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