January 20, 2022

Higher Education: CIC Provosts Release Report on Online Learning

New from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation:

The Provosts of CIC universities have released a position paper on online education that puts the focus squarely on the fundamental academic values and pedagogical principles that need to be infused in emerging instructional technologies.

While much of the current buzz about MOOCs is about the technology, in “CIC Online Learning Collaboration: A Vision and Framework,” CIC Provosts reframe the discourse to assert the primacy of the purpose of these online opportunities: “they are—or should be—a function of pedagogically sound and cost–effective strategies that advance our institutional missions in ways that best serve our students, are fair to our faculty, and advance the interests of our communities.”


CIC Executive Director, Barbara McFadden Allen, described the report as “the beginning of the conversation,” about how to best use online platforms to generate unique opportunities for students and faculty, harness campus expertise, and foster new modes of collaboration.

Read the Full Report (8 pages; PDF)

CIC Members

University of Chicago

University of Illinois

Indiana University 

University of Iowa 

University of Michigan 

Michigan State University 

University of Minnesota 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.