Each year, NCICU holds administrative meetings, conferences and special events, and creates publications to support, represent and advocate for North Carolina independent higher education. These events and programs provide a variety of opportunities for sponsorship.
Annual Meeting & Administrative Meetings
Each year, NCICU hosts meetings for more than 13 administrative and faculty groups from our 36 member colleges and universities. The meetings allow member institutions to share best practices, hear from regionally and nationally known speakers, collaborate on problems and challenges, and create and nurture relationships crucial to the success of future collaborative initiatives. Examples of the types of groups that meet at least annually are presidents, chief financial officers, chief academic officers, chief development officers, chief student affairs officers and financial aid directors.
Corporate sponsorship contributions are requested to implement and support the NCICU Ethics Bowl, a program that highlights applied ethics as a hallmark of the student experience at independent colleges and universities in North Carolina. Engaging students in complex ethical dilemmas, the Ethics Bowl is an academic opportunity that tests students' critical thinking skills. This program provides campus funding assistance to member institutions to implement a series of on-campus applied ethics projects, including a statewide competition among college teams to address ethical issues in business, education, government, and other aspects of life. Funds also will provide student scholarships to participating students. The goal of the Ethics Bowl is to provide an important opportunity for students and faculty to interact with business and community leaders in a way that exemplifies the values of students attending independent colleges and universities and expose students to the realities of ethical issues in today's society.
Independent College Access Network Conference
The Independent College Access Network (ICAN) is designed to support the creation, enhancement, and implementation of initiatives that promote college access and success. The initiative provides support to increase collaboration among programs and campuses and provides professional development and training opportunities to college admissions, financial aid and program outreach staff in the area of pre-college and success programs. The ICAN conference gives campus representatives the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized experts in the fields of college access, academic advising and first year experience programs. Participants also share lessons learned and best practices on college access and success initiatives.
State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS)
NCICU established its first-ever endowment to support independent college and university students' participation in undergraduate research and the "State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium," which is jointly sponsored through a collaborative partnership between NCICU and the University of North Carolina. To enable participation by a diverse mix of students, research stipends are awarded competitively to students attending the member colleges and universities who plan to perform a research project in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field of study.