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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
Gonyea, Robert M.; Kinzie, Jillian – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
Critics of traditional, residential, liberal arts colleges and universities contend that this form of higher education is outmoded, too costly, and no longer educationally relevant for 21st century students. Economies of scale, large classes taught by contingent faculty members and graduate students, and increasing reliance on technology and…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Learner Engagement, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys
Rine, P. Jesse – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
If the United States is to succeed as a nation in reducing educational disparity, restoring social mobility, and retaining national competitiveness, it must make every effort to ensure that low-income and first-generation students have access to higher education and the support systems they need to obtain a college degree. This objective will…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Private Colleges, First Generation College Students, Low Income Groups
Zumeta, William; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
This study examines key aspects of the cost-effectiveness of private nondoctoral (PND) colleges as providers of baccalaureate degrees and explores how states might feasibly make better use of these colleges to produce more degrees efficiently. The study looks at degree production and cost in the PND sector relative to other higher education…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Undergraduate Study, Private Colleges, Public Policy
Katz, Philip M. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
Competency-based education (CBE) is an approach to pedagogy that emphasizes the mastery of skills and concepts rather than credit hours or seat time. The assessment of mastery can take several forms, including formal assessments of prior learning (such as portfolio reviews or examinations) and automated evaluations of online coursework. Advocates…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Higher Education, Private Colleges, Academic Standards
Katz, Philip M. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
Living-learning communities combine curricular, co-curricular, and residential components of college life. They are a relatively new variation on the residential education that has been part of the undergraduate experience at America's independent colleges and universities for centuries. Research suggests that living-learning communities have a…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Universities, College Students, Communities of Practice
Katz, Philip M. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
During the most recent decade, interdisciplinary instruction at the undergraduate level has increased rapidly. Independent colleges and universities are both innovators in developing new approaches to interdisciplinary education and strong supporters of traditional liberal arts disciplines. Some observers argue that interdisciplinary approaches…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Instructional Innovation, Educational Practices, Educational Change
Katz, Philip M. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2015
This brief explores a central question: How does the independent sector of higher education balance expectations for job preparation with the preparation of students for full lives as educated citizens? The debate about the role of liberal arts institutions in preparing students for careers is not new. But several trends have made the debate more…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Career Readiness, College Students, Liberal Arts
Rine, P. Jesse – Council of Independent Colleges, 2014
"Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: The Contributions of Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges" demonstrates that small and mid-sized independent institutions are preparing students for careers and graduate study in STEM fields more efficiently than many public universities. Contrary to popular assumptions, the report shows that smaller…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Private Colleges, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
Grimes, Terry – Council of Independent Colleges, 2014
Because of their commitment to the voluntary measurement and improvement of student learning outcomes, colleges and universities that are members of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) have been at the forefront of the national shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning. The institutions participating in the CIC Degree…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Consortia, Qualifications, Outcomes of Education
Coughlin, Mary Ann – Council of Independent Colleges, 2014
Postsecondary institutions are under increasing scrutiny to provide evidence of student learning. Despite efforts to increase the number and frequency of assessments of student learning, many colleges and universities need help to make good use of assessment results for the improvement of teaching and learning. To address this need, in February…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Data, Information Utilization, College Outcomes Assessment
Strand, Kerry J. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2013
A baccalaureate degree is essential to success in the contemporary United States. The degree offers improved economic security and the development of capabilities such as critical thinking, effective communication, quantitative reasoning, creativity, problem solving, personal and social responsibility, and social and cultural capital. Failure to…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Academic Achievement, Best Practices, Private Colleges
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