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 Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

November 1-3, 2018

We look forward to meeting with you in Salt Lake City, Utah for the next CIEL Conference! Come join us for collaborative discussions and meaningful discourse.

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


A draft of the agenda:

November 1st, Thursday

6:00-7:00 pm: Undergraduate Research Posters in the Meldrum Science Center

7:30 pm: Dinner in small groups.


November 2nd, Friday

8:30-9:00 am: Check in and Breakfast

9:00-9:30 am: Welcome by Westminster College President Beth Dobkin

9:30-10:45 am: Faculty Advocacy and Social Justice

11:00-12:15 pm: Global Learning and Internationalization at Small Colleges

1:45-3:00 pm: Mentoring in Student-Centered Learning Environments

What are best practices for relationship-based learning at colleges and universities that embrace progressive educational philosophies? How can we help mentors become more effective and inclusive in their work with students?

3:15-4:30 pm: Small group discussions (Final list TBD)

  • Field Learning: Squamish Initiative, Grand Canyon Semester, Westminster Expedition
  • Mentoring research project
  • Preparing for AAC&U panel

6:30-8:30pm: Dinner

Informal remarks by Susan Henking, president emerita at Shimer College


November 3rd, Saturday

8:30-9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00-10:00 am: CIEL Business Meeting

10:15-11:30 am: Nuts and Bolts of Experiential Learning

11:30-12:00pm: Summary of Actions and Next Steps, Closing Remarks, Host for 2019



Hotel Information: 

The Hampton Inn has a block of rooms reserved for you that is approximately 2 miles from campus.  They have a courtesy shuttle that can take you to and from the college twice a day. The rate is $134 per night, which extends from Thursday 11/1 through Sunday 11/4 (in case attendees want to spend Saturday night in Salt Lake City).  The rooms are only blocked off until 10/2/18 so reserve early. Click here to reserve. (The website is currently having some issues, so please call Nia at 801.583.3500 ext. 403.) Breakfast is provided at this location, but a pastry or bagel breakfast will also be provided at the morning sessions.

The Salt Lake City Marriott University Park Hotel is located three miles from Westminster College.  The hotel is a full service Marriott offering Starbucks, Wakara Bar, Thistle and Thyme Restaurant, room service, and work out facility.  Parking is complimentary.  A shuttle to and from Westminster College will be available twice a day. The hotel offers wonderful mountain views and the new beautiful “M Club” for Marriott Rewards Members.  Rates range from $89.00 – $149.00 November 1-5, and these rates are based upon availability, and night of stay.  You can book the Westminster College discounted rates, by visiting their web site at www.marriott.com/slcup and using Promotional Code WQJ.  You can also contact Trisha Koukoulias at (801) 584-3317. Breakfast is not provided at this location, but a pastry or bagel breakfast will be provided at the morning sessions.

Flight/Airport Information:

The closest airport is Salt Lake International Airport (SLC). You can either Uber to the hotel or rent a car. The hotels will provide shuttle service twice a day to and from the campus. Westminster College will provide transport to and from the Friday evening dinner.





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/.

RIT edX: