The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Online Course Sharing Consortium
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is a membership organization open to small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges in the US and beyond. The CIC is a major national organization that provides services to independent colleges and universities that focus on improving the quality of their education, operations and their visibility. The CIC also works to support college and university leadership.
One service of the CIC is the CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium. According to the CIC, the CIC Consortium provides access to technology that facilitates online course sharing among CIC members that have similar curricular goals and concerns for academic quality as well as a commitment to the liberal arts. The CIC Consortium helps colleges address immediate course availability issues; improve revenue, retention, and completion; and streamline payments and reporting. Academic leaders can quickly implement strategies to improve student retention and graduation rates while maintaining complete control of their own curriculum, and administrators can digitally transfer credits and financial aid. Through an arrangement with Acadeum, a technology company that developed a platform for cross-registrations, CIC members that participate can access additional, flexible course options to support students’ timely academic progress.
Courses taken via the CIC Consortium are determined, by Hartwick faculty or staff, to be equivalent to Hartwick courses. When grades for courses taken through the CIC Consortium are transferred back to Hartwick College, they are recorded on the student’s transcript with the equivalent Hartwick College course code and name, and the grade is used to calculate the student’s GPA according to Hartwick College policy.
Get help in accessing the CIC Consortium from the Office of Academic Affairs or the Office of the Registrar.