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 a CIEL school or program.


When Are We Gathering Next?

CIEL Conference at New College of Florida

October 26—28, 2017


We’ve developed a simple registration form which will help us with meal planning here. Please complete the registration form by Oct. 12.


Hotel Information: a block of rooms is reserved at The Hampton Inn, located next to the airport, and less than 1 mile from campus.  The have a courtesy shuttle that can pick you up at the Sarasota airport,and get you to our campus as well. The rate is $99 per nite, which extends from Thursday 10/26 through Sunday 10/29 (in case attendees want to spend Saturday night in Sarasota).  The room block code is: CIE, if making reservations online, or just mention the CIEL conference block if making reservations over the phone.


Flight/Airport Information: the closest airport is Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ), which is less than 1 mile from campus, very easy to navigate, but with limited flights. If you fly into SRQ, you will not need to rent a car. The campus is within walking distance, and the Hampton Inn has a free shuttle.   The Tampa airport (TPA) has more direct flights options and is a 1 hour drive away from campus, with plenty of rental car options.





CIEL in the News

New Century College to become the School of Integrative Studies in May 2016 http://ncc.gmu.edu/articles/9125.

Stockton selected for nationwide initiative to redesign students’ first year college experience http://intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/extaffairs/content/docs/pressrel/StocktonAASCUFirstYear2016PressRelease.pdf.

Prescott College ranked in the Top 10 Most Innovative Small Collages in America http://www.prescott.edu/experience/news/2016-2-10-2016-innovative-small-colleges.php. In the same listing, The Evergreen State College came in at #6 http://www.bestdegreeprograms.org/top-schools/innovative-small-colleges.

New College of Florida ranked a top-50 school for return on investment by the Princeton Review https://www.ncf.edu/news/new-college-of-florida-ranked-a-top-50-school-for-return-on-investment-by-the-princeton-review/.

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