Who Are We?

We are a working group of twelve institutions and programs that trace their roots to the best of innovative and reform practice in American higher education.   We’re not easily categorized as we excel in different ways, but we’re all deeply and richly student-centered in our practice.   Our commitment is to discover the best means to produce engaged life-long learners and thoughtful citizens.   Constantly seeking for authentic teaching, assessment, interdisciplinary and experiential learning techniques, we’ve come together to learn from each other and maximize our impact on U.S. higher education.

Interested in what we do?  Want to find out more?  Contact us or come to our annual gathering.  Tell us if you think you are CIEL school or program.


When are We Next Gathering?


October 18th and 19th at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.    Please consider joining us for reflection on the theme:

Radically Relevant:  Keeping the best of the Liberal Arts traditions alive, healthy, and vibrant in the 21st Century”

Contact:  Executive Assistant to the Provost, Peter Baratta, peter [dot] baratta [at] stockton [dot] edu

CIEL gatherings are an excellent opportunity to present and learn from partner institutions’ best practice and a chance to network with schools and programs that value innovation and experimentation.

Registration for the gathering is open now:


CIEL In the News:

Congratulations to Stockton College, New College of Florida, and Evergreen State College for being named 2013-2014 Colleges of Distinction