Webster President on CIC Panel for Emerging Approaches in Independent Higher Education

Jan. 29, 2016

Panel: Emerging Approaches for Independent Higher Education
Webster's president is a member of the CIC Colleges Steering Committee on the Project on the Future of Independent Colleges.

Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble participated on the opening plenary panel discussion at the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) 2016 Presidents Institute: Forging the Future: Emerging Approaches for Independent Higher Education.

The Presidents Institute was held January 4–7, 2016, in Miami Beach, Florida, with a record attendance of 382 college presidents. According to the CIC, the Presidents Institute is the largest annual gathering of college and university presidents.

“It is really an honor to represent Webster in this annual meeting of independent college and university presidents,” Stroble said. “Independent colleges and universities thrive as they are innovative and adaptable to change and effectively in-tune with the emerging needs of students and communities. I value learning with and from presidential colleagues and adding to the national conversation about the value of an independent college education.”

Stroble is a member of the CIC Colleges Steering Committee on the Project on the Future of Independent Colleges and for the second year, has served as a facilitator for the CIC New Presidents Program. This is her third year to participate on a panel discussion for CIC presidents. Holiday Hart McKiernan, chief of staff and general counsel for the Lumina Foundation, moderated this year’s discussion, Forging the Future: Emerging Approaches for Independent Higher Education.

Participants included: 

  • Esther L. Barazzone, President, Chatham University
  • Paul J. LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Elizabeth J. Stroble, President, Webster University
  • John S. Wilson, Jr., President, Morehouse College

Stroble discussed the evidence of independent colleges and universities’ innovations based on Webster’s experiences as well as the research commissioned by the CIC Future Project. She said Webster’s very nature is to innovate to meet the changing needs of students. As an example of Webster’s ongoing innovation, she discussed Webster’s Global Impact Strategic Plan and called out these examples:

  • Webster’s fully-American style campuses around the world with brick-and mortar locations in different countries engaging students with communities locally and globally
  • Faculty rebuilding the general education program with a focus on global citizenship to equip students to confront global problems and 21st century challenges
  • Global Leadership Academy that develops leadership capacity by convening cohorts of employees now in its fifth year –supporting distributed leadership throughout the network of campus locations
  • Academic programs with an international perspective and faculty and staff mobility opportunities to travel and teach and work in different locations

“The CIC discussion prompted multifaceted dialog about the pressing issues of the day and the future of independent education, which is strong,” Stroble said. “Webster strives to build global perspective in inclusive ways. As we move forward into our second century, this will be a distinguishing advantage for Webster.”

See the entire panel discussion and other session information here on the CIC website. 

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