The Committee on Institutional Cooperation Is Now the Big Ten Academic Alliance

Jun 29, 2016

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation is now the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Our new name directly and succinctly explains who we are and what we do, and eliminates confusion with other CICs (e.g., the Council of Independent Colleges).

Since 1958, our universities have collaborated to save money, build powerful academic and research connections, and increase opportunities for students and faculty. As our programs and initiatives increased in size and scope and achieved greater national impact, it became evident that the words “committee on institutional cooperation” did not reflect our work and made it difficult to engage with important stakeholders such as policy makers, government officials, and others outside of higher education.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance is arguably the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. Our new identity will elevate awareness about the impact of these great universities on the region and the nation.



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