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Institute on College Futures (ICF)

Beloit College President Scott Bierman giving a presentation on the economics of liberal arts colleges at an Institute on College Futures seminar.

Building Knowledge to Address Financial Challenges

How can liberal arts colleges create sustainable strategies to navigate the current economic climate and plan for the future? With their role in institutional governance, how can faculty effectively participate in this effort?

Through the Institute on College Futures (ICF), the ACM colleges have worked together to create a model of professional development to engage faculty in addressing the financial challenges their colleges face.


Tap into ICF Resources

ICF seminars and online resources provide opportunities and tools for faculty to develop a deeper understanding of college finances and to apply that knowledge to sound planning and budgeting on their campuses.

Seminars for ACM faculty

From the big picture of higher education economics to the details of college budgets, more than 200 faculty from ACM colleges have plunged into the fundamentals of college finances at annual two-day ICF seminars in Chicago.

Learn more about ICF seminars »

Videos highlight core concepts

Learn about the core issues and concepts in the ICF curriculum in four short videos featuring the expert ACM college administrators who have presented at the ICF seminars.

Watch ICF videos »

Free ICF resources

The ICF Online resource site hosts videos, presentations, and articles from the ICF seminars, plus an interactive exploration of college budgeting and online discussion about topics raised by ICF.

ICF Online resource site »

A new online course extends ICF's reach

Check out ICF Online, a mini-course based on the content of the in-person ICF seminars that brings an interactive approach to online learning. Available to faculty and staff at any college or university. Take the course any time at your own pace!

Register for ICF Online


Generous Support Makes ICF Possible

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundationawarded a $250,000 grant to the ACM in 2012 to launch the Institute on College Futures and support the in-person ICF seminars.

Funding from The Teagle Foundation has supported the creation of the ICF videos and development of the ICF Online course.


More information about ICF

  • Contact: ACM Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, Brian Williams (312.561.5922)