Daemen to Participate in Council of Independent Colleges Project Funded by Lumina Foundation

Daemen Selected to Participate in New Project of the Council of Independent Colleges


Funded Through a Grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education


November 7, 2011



Contacts:       Mike Andrei

                    Director-College Relations




                    Danielle Woodman Kehoe, MS, GPC, CRA
                    Executive Director
                    Office of Academic Grants &

                    Sponsored Program Services
                    Daemen College


Through a competitive application process, Daemen College has been selected among private higher education institutions throughout the nation to participate in the Degree Qualifications Profile Consortium.  This two-year project, led by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), is generously funded by a grant of $425,000 from the Lumina Foundation for Education. 


The ultimate goals of the Lumina-funded CIC initiative are to improve the quality of undergraduate education and increase degree completion rates at private colleges and universities.


In announcing the initiative, CIC President Richard Ekman said “CIC has long been a strong advocate of institutional autonomy and a proponent of voluntary efforts to improve the quality of student learning. Consistent with this position and with its encouragement of evidence-based decision making and curricular reform, CIC has agreed to test the Lumina Foundation’s concept of ‘Degree Qualifications Profile’ to determine its applicability in the independent liberal arts-oriented college context.”


            Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen said, "Daemen College represents excellence in student learning and participation in this project is another example of that fact. The project also represents a continuous effort by faculty members and administrators to work together to maintain that edge."


An important aspect of the Consortium will be the opportunity to collaborate with other institutional participants through three consortium meetings, funded though the Lumina grant.  Expert consultants will also be available to the selected participants through webinars, phone conferences, and campus visits. The project will conclude with the publication of the results at the end of 2013.


Mimi Steadman, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning developed the proposal with Mike Brogan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College and Intisar Hibschweiler, Associate Professor/Chair, Math Department and Core Director. 


Steadman noted, "This Consortium provides an excellent opportunity for Daemen representatives to engage with others at institutions throughout the country and also to share exemplary practices." 


Daemen's project will build on a 2009 core curriculum initiative in which a team of Daemen faculty members were selected to participate in the AAC&U Engaging Departments Institute.  This team included Kristin Fries, Bob Gunther, Intisar Hibschweiler, Linda Kuechler, and Bob Morace.


Serving over 600 member institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of independent colleges and universities working together to support college and university leadership; advance institutional excellence, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society.


           The Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners.

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