About the Institute
Chief academic and chief student affairs officers are contending with major changes in their core responsibilities. In today’s higher education environment, both senior officers must sustain strong cooperation as they lead teams of colleagues who champion student learning and development as well as institutional strength. CIC’s 2017 Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers will provide ideas and tools that they can use to advance the distinctive missions of their institutions.
College and university leaders today face significant challenges in enrollment, finances, and accountability. Cultural challenges arise as campus leaders cope with issues of free speech inside and outside the classroom, the rules of civil engagement for people who hold opposing views, the devaluation of facts and analytic reasoning, relentless pressure from social media to respond to campus events rapidly and publicly, and campus cultures that strive to treat all people with dignity and respect.
The theme of the 2017 Institute, “Preparing All Students for Civic Participation,” provides a framework for action and for candid sharing of successes and frustrations. Institute sessions will present advice and concrete examples for CAOs and CSAOs on such topics as institutional turn-arounds, making the most of limited resources, students’ vocational exploration, and students’ persistence to graduation, as well as diversity and inclusion on campus and interactions with students on social media.
The 2017 Institute also offers participants the chance to learn about new opportunities for international study, approaches to student housing, publication outlets for faculty members and students, programs that serve communities across the generations, issues in athletics, and the future composition of the faculty. Concurrent sessions will feature practical advice on responding to student dissent, building effective living-learning communities, and providing access and retention support to low-income and first-generation students. Sessions on legal issues will provide fresh perspectives on hiring, evaluation, and Title IX.
The 2017 Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers will help participants develop the shared vision, collaborative spirit, and effective partnership that move institutions toward successful innovation. Above all, the Institute provides the opportunity for chief academic and chief student affairs officers to share—with candor—ideas, practical solutions, and effective practices with colleagues from across the country and abroad.
In cooperation with NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA–College Student Educators International
Who Should Participate?
CIC invites chief academic and chief student affairs officers of all independent colleges and universities to participate in this annual Institute. Chief student affairs officers are encouraged to join chief academic officers at the Institute to strengthen their work on issues that matter to both senior leaders. Teams of CAOs and CSAOs will lead many of the concurrent sessions.
Chief academic officers are encouraged to invite the chief diversity officer of their institutions and members of their academic teams—for example, associate and assistant vice presidents/provosts and academic deans—to participate with them in the Institute to enhance their collaborative work on the issues that fall within academic affairs.
A chief academic officer may hold the title of provost, vice president for academic affairs, or dean of the college, among others. Chief student affairs officers may hold such titles as vice president for student affairs, student development, student services, or student life; vice provost for student affairs; or dean of students.
To support team development, CIC offers a discounted registration fee for additional administrators from the same institution.