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Hilbert president named to national committee

HAMBURG — Hilbert College President Cynthia Zane has been named to a new steering committee of college and university presidents that will assess the future of independent colleges. The Council of Independent Colleges has organized the 22-member panel to develop a plan that encourages independent colleges and universities to revitalize their missions and business models. The project – The Future of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges – is funded by the Lumina Foundation.

“Predictions about the future of higher education by politicians, journalists and policy analysts often disregard or deride the effectiveness of traditional colleges and universities,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “CIC, however, has always tried to find an appropriate balance between innovations in higher education that show real promise for the future and the existing features of member institutions that have long demonstrated their value. In this spirit, CIC’s new project will explore the future of independent colleges.”

During its initial meeting – which will convene Sept. 16-17 in Washington, DC – the steering committee will focus on the development of a research agenda, for the coming year. CIC staff and others will then conduct the research and prepare several framing papers, based on the steering committee’s guidance. The committee’s second meeting will be devoted to development of an action plan to help CIC member institutions reexamine their missions and long-term strategic plans.

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