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2014 Seminar

ICF seminar on June 18-20, 2014

  • University Club, Chicago, IL

The goal of this Institute on College Futures (ICF) seminar was to inform the participants about the economics of the liberal arts colleges so they would leave the Institute prepared to talk about these issues with colleagues on their own campuses. Following the seminar, each campus team was expected to make a presentation to its institution's president or dean and to an appropriate campus group.

The 2014 seminar offered a blend of informative presentations by experienced ACM administrators together with opportunities for participants to actively engage with their faculty colleagues in developing materials to take back to their home campuses.

Seminar Program

Wednesday evening, June 18

Registration & Reception

Welcome by Christopher Welna, ACM President


Thursday, June 19

Session 1 - The Economics of Liberal Arts Colleges

Jill Tiefenthaler, President, Colorado College

  • Presentation & Questions: The Economics of Liberal Arts Colleges

Scott Bierman, President, Beloit College

  • Breakout Groups

David Schodt, ACM Senior Program Officer

Each group will discuss a brief case and prepare a response to the situation posed by the case.

  • Reports to the Plenary

Breakout groups will present their responses to the plenary group of participants.


Session 2 - The Liberal Arts College Financial Model

  • Presentation & Questions: The Liberal Arts College Financial Model

Michael T. Orr, Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Lake Forest College

Session 3 - Financial Challenges for the Future

  • Presentation & Questions: Financial Challenges for the Future

David Wheaton, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Macalester College

  • Liberal Arts College Scenarios

David Wheaton and Michael Orr

Participants work with representative data to explore several scenarios about the economic future of the liberal arts colleges.

Friday, June 20

Session 4: Bringing It Back Home

  • Work by Campus Teams

Brian Williams, ACM Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Projects

Each campus team will prepare a short presentation on the economics of higher education and the liberal arts colleges for colleagues at its home institution.

  • Campus Team Presentations

Brian Williams

In groups of three to four campus teams each, the teams will deliver their presentations to each other. Each of the groups will prepare a brief summary of the main issues and best questions raised by the individual campus team presentations.

  • Report Out by Campus Teams

Brian Williams

Summary reports to the plenary group from each of the groups.

  • Conclusion and Lunch

This seminar was made possible by generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.