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2015 Seminar

2015 ICF seminar

ICF seminar on June 22-23, 2015

  • ACM Office, Chicago, IL

What is the "big picture" view of the economics and finances of higher education today? How can independent liberal arts colleges thrive in this economic environment?

Through a combination of presentations by experienced ACM administrators, the 2015 Institute on College Futures (ICF) gave 48 faculty from across the ACM an overview of the economic challenges that liberal arts colleges face today.

Discussion sessions provided opportunities for participants to actively engage with their faculty colleagues in developing presentations to give to groups on their home campuses.

Seminar Program


11:00 am - Registration

Noon - Welcome & Introductions

Christopher Welna, ACM President

12:15 pm - Keynote Address

The Dialogue Begins: The Economics of Higher Education

Presenter: Jill Tiefenthaler, President, Colorado College

Presentation slides

1:15 pm - Lunch

2:15 pm - Presentation

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Merit Awards: The Tuition Driven Schools' Dilemma

Presenter: Scott Bierman, President, Beloit College

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm - Breakout Groups

Framing Responses to Commentaries on Higher Education Economics

5:30 pm - Dinner in thematic groups at city restaurants


8:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am - Presentation

The Liberal Arts College Financial Model

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

Presentation slides

Christopher Welna

Christopher Welna welcomed ICF participants.

9:45 am - Break

10:00 am - Presentation

Financial Challenges for the Future

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

Presentation slides

11:00 am - Interactive Liberal Arts College Scenarios

Facilitators: David Wheaton and Michael Orr

1:00 pm - Lunch

2:00 pm - Bringing It Back Home: Campus Teams Draft Presentations

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

Brian Williams moderating a session.

3:00 pm - Break

3:15 pm - Campus Teams Share Draft Presentations in Small Groups

Facilitator: Brian Williams

4:00 pm - Sharing "Best of" Ideas to Larger Group

Facilitator: Brian Williams

5:00 pm - Conclusion

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