Council of Independent Colleges Releases Publication


Charleston, WV – (April 5, 2018)   The Council of Independent Colleges CIC) has released a new publication – “Innovation and the Independent College: Examples from the Sector.” The report was created following a series of eight workshops hosted by CIC member presidents on campuses across the nation in 2016-2017.

These workshops were created to help member colleges and universities more effectively prepare for the future, as well as to become engaged in promoting the value of liberal arts and of independent schools. More than 120 schools participated in the Securing America’s Future workshops. 

The CIC publication features case studies from across the nation on topics of athletics, community engagement, cost containment, curricular reform, new programs, attracting and retaining new student populations, and more. 

One local university, the University of Charleston, (a member institution), is featured in several categories of the report, including references to its Associate of Nursing program in Beckley and the program goal of meeting an underserved part of the state;  the creation of an embedded curriculum, called Liberal Learning Outcomes; the University’s leadership in formation of the Independent College Enterprise, enabling ten institutions to share the cost of technology; the continuing success of the university’s military friendly programs, and more.  In addition, the recent report, “Embedded Creativity: Building a Culture of Innovation,” written by Dr. Edwin Welch, President of UC, is noted as a case study of on-campus innovation.

Since 1956, the Council of Independent Colleges has been the major national association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities. It works to support college and university leadership; advance institutional excellence; and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. Membership is open to all small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges and universities inside and outside of the U.S.